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Team Lead, Mechanical Design (Rolling Stock)

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Engineering

Montréal, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  15-20 years

SYSTRA Canada is part of the SYSTRA group, an international consulting and engineering group, a world leader in the design of transport infrastructures. SYSTRA Canada is an engineering and consulting firm whose primary focus is to offer transportation solutions, whether for passengers or goods: feasibility studies of building a new railway line, increasing the capacity of the existing infrastructure, privatization of a railway.

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Overall Responsibilities (purpose and objectives):

The Team Lead, Mechanical Design, will supervise a team of 5 to 15 designers and draftsmen producing conceptual studies and shop drawings using SolidWorks and AutoCAD software. They will supervise the design work of structures, interior finishing and various rail vehicle systems and components of vehicles such as locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and maintenance equipment.


Specific Responsibilities/Tasks:

Under the responsibility of the Director of Engineering, the Team Lead, Mechanical Design, will have the following responsibilities:

  • Participate in the drafting and continuous improvement of modeling and drawing procedures.
  • Document approved practices and ensure that they are followed.
  • Recommend staff assignment according to their specific expertise and various project requirements.
  • Evaluate the performance of the designers and draftsmen under their responsibility.
  • Ensure their training needs are met.
  • Participate in the hiring process of personnel.


The Team Lead, Mechanical Design, will supervise their team and provide technical support, as needed, in order for them to perform the following tasks:

  • Design modifications to the structure, equipment or interior lining of railway vehicles.
  • Conduct component design studies and design supports and component fixing according to applicable standards and specifications.
  • Design bolted or mechanically welded assemblies and sheet metal components made of mild steel, alloy or stainless steel.
  • Design plastic or composite components.
  • Select hardware and other components according to the engineer's instructions.
  • List materials for the manufacture of parts and assemblies and for their installation on vehicles or fixed installations.
  • Produce drawings for the modification, manufacture, assembly and installation of railway vehicle components.
  • If necessary, develop assembly specifications and produce installation instructions.
  • Occasionally, take dimensional surveys on site or follow up in the workshop to manufacture and install mechanical components or systems.

Education (minimum and desired):

  • College diploma (DEC) in mechanical design or bachelor of mechanical engineering.

Experience (minimum and desired):

  • Fifteen to twenty years' experience in mechanical design, including ten years of experience in metal fabrication.
  • Experience with the 3D Inventor or SolidWorks modelling software (relevant experience with other modelling software will be considered).
  • Experience and in-depth knowledge of manufacturing techniques.
  • Relevant team management experience.
  • Experience in the rail or transport sector is an asset.

Personal and Other Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel office software.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • An understanding of FRA, APTA, AAR, SAE, ASME, CSA and Transport Canada standards related to railway vehicles is also an asset.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Leadership in a team environment.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Availability for occasional travel.

Language Requirements:

  • Bilingual: English and French.

Note: In this description, the masculine gender is used for easy reading purposes and includes the feminine.

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