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Principal Consultant-Rail Control Systems

  • Job reference: NA-002089
  • Sector: Rail
  • Location: New York
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our New York Transit & Rail Group as a Principal Consultant-Rail Control Systems. Please note this position can be located in Rochester, New York City or Northeast NY.


This person will have close interface with the client, OEM’s and major suppliers. Position responsibility will include complete understanding and management of the scope of work for project and advise the Project Manager as necessary on technical issues.

Person will have experience in technical. advisory and witnessing of office subsystem factory acceptance test plans, first article inspections, testing and commissiong. Position will require coordination, review and comment on all acceptance and system test plans, verification of validation testing plans, and any reports to the Project Manager.

The ideal candidate for Principal Consultant will have experience in office computer aided dispatch systems, back office servers, network architecture, and onboard and wayside rail signaling and control systems. The candidate should have experience with project management software such as Microsoft Project or equivalent, and Microsoft office products. In addition, the ideal candidate will have experience in rail control systems, FTA and FRA train control related regulations such as 49 CFR 236 subpart, Positive Train Control rule.

  • Day to day technical advisory of Rail Office Control systems, design, test, installation and system test
  • Ability to work with all contractors in behalf of the client to ensure project delivery and quality of work
  • Advise clients on recommended actions relating to the project
  • Participate in periodic program reviews to review project progress against planned schedule, costs, issues and corrective actions
  • Ensure contractors comply with all technical specification requirements
  • Review and comment on FRA/FTA required reports as necessary

  • Bachelors’ degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Familiarity with railroad and/or transit industry and rail transit vehicles
  • Familiarity with rail signal systems and positive train control
  • Experience with transit authorities, OEM’s and contractors
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • The ability to work effectively remotely within a virtual team environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, Outlook and Lync 
  • Minimum 15 years of rail signaling systems
Areas of expertise:
  • Freight and Commuter Railroad Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD), Positive Train Control (PTC) Back Office Server (BOS), and Overall Positive Train Control System.

  • Typical travel is expected to be 25% of the time however on occasion project needs may require high levels of travel
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required.
Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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