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Lead Civil Designer (Infrastructure)

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Engineering

Montreal, 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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Department / Team: Civil and Railway Design


General Responsibilities (Purpose and Objectives):

As a railway alignment and corridor design lead, provide expert-level support to the design group in AutoDESK Civil 3D


Specific Responsibilities/Tasks:

  • In Civil 3D, design mainline and yard track alignments and corridors according to horizontal and vertical geometry design criteria, ranging from conceptual to detailed design levels (5% to 100% design).
  • In Civil 3D, design the earthworks and drainage corridor of mainline or yard track using sub-assembly composer in Civil 3D to model earthworks corridors.
  • Have experience working in BIM 360 or ProjectWise BIM environments. 
  • Perform quantity take-offs from Civil 3D or CAD models (cut, fill, ballast, sub-ballast, subgrade quantities etc.).
  • Analyze survey data and provide detailed 3D surface models.
  • Follow all SYSTRA Canada drawing production methodologies


The Lead Designer will also have the following responsibilities:

  • Participate in the drafting and continuous improvement of modeling and drawing procedures.
  • Recommend staff assignments according to their specific expertise and various project requirements.
  • Evaluate the performance of staff under their responsibility.
  • Support trainee engineers/drafters with their designs.
  • Participate in the hiring process of personnel.


Internal and External Relationships:

Internal: Civil & Railway Engineering Department



College degree in Civil Engineering (DEC) or Building & Architecture or Civil Engineering degree



  • +15 years of railway alignment and earthworks design experience using Autodesk (AutoCAD and Civil 3D)  
  • +15 years’ experience in earthworks volume calculations.
  • +10 years’ experience in handling of LIDAR surfaces and other detailed mapping types,


Personal Qualifications and other:

  • Commitment to performing high quality work.
  • Independent and able to manage priorities in a multitasking environment.
  • Ability to read and understand survey topographic maps to interpret the various contours and natural obstacles.
  • Ability to interact positively with others in a multicultural environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and its recommended best practices.
  • General hydrology knowledge and its effects on 3D models of rail corridors designed by track design software.


Language Requirements: Ability to communicate in French and English (speaking, writing)



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

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