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Lead Engineer, Railway Vehicles - Pipeline

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Engineering

Montreal, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  15-20 years
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About SYSTRA Canada

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 who is dedicated to transportation solutions, whether for passengers or goods.

Imagining and implementing the safest, most efficient, and economical tailor-made transport solutions: this is what guides us daily. Thanks to the know-how of our 7500 experts, we are involved in all phases of transport projects: Preliminary and design studies, construction phases, test and commissioning, operation, and maintenance.

Our engineers work with passion to provide people around the world with the opportunity to move freely every day. They are men and women who put all their business expertise and human qualities to work to transform the world through innovative means of transport. Join them and let's invent tomorrow's public transport together.

SYSTRA's ambition is to be the benchmark for transport solutions and an opinion leader in mobility.


Role and responsibilities

The Lead Engineer, Rail Vehicles coordinates and manages technical production with regard to rolling stock and associated maintenance equipment, particularly for metro and light rail projects. They interface with the planning, operations and maintenance departments and represents Systra in dealings with clients. They are responsible on a daily basis for the implementation of the aspects of the projects for which they are responsible and ensure that the associated production deadlines and budgets are met.


  • Take full responsibility for the production of functional and performance specification documents for rolling stock projects;
  • Take responsibility for the technical coordination of the rolling stock interfaces with other subsystem leaders;
  • Take responsibility for the analysis of tenders from potential suppliers of rolling stock and write the associated recommendation reports;
  • Participate in rolling stock cost estimates for projects (CAPEX and OPEX);
  • Participate in the development of rolling stock maintenance requirements and develop functional and performance specifications for rolling stock maintenance equipment;
  • Contribute to and participate in the system design processes for the rolling stock part (operational safety, electromagnetic compatibility, noise and vibration, requirements management, configuration management and obsolescence management);
  • To take ownership of the content of the tasks to be carried out, to re-specify them with the project coordination teams and the clients if necessary;
  • Ensure that the objectives of the assignments under their responsibility are achieved;
  • Contribute to the allocation of resources for their assignments, review and evaluate projects and timelines, make recommendations and implement changes at the operational level to ensure the quality of services provided;
  • Carry out periodic monitoring of projects and evaluate financial impact, quality and profitability;
  • Communicate regularly with clients on the progress of work, coordinate with government agencies, external consultants, sub-contractors and suppliers as appropriate;
  • Provide technical advice, prepare periodic reports and perform related work as required;
  • Carry out on-site or workshop follow-up for the manufacture and installation of components or systems;
  • Follow-up on tasks with engineers and designers and improve design processes;
  • Participate in the preparation of technical offers;
  • Act as an advisor on all matters related to his field of expertise and develop his general knowledge of the rolling stock market in Canada (metro, tram and bus).




Education: Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or related field;

Years of experience: Minimum 15 years experience in similar positions, including 10 years in engineering and project management of public transit rolling stock (subways, LRV) and rolling stock maintenance facilities;

Technical competencies:

  • Member of the Quebec (OIQ) or Ontario (PEO) Engineering Order, or eligible;

Personal & soft skills:   

  • Fluency in French (spoken, read and written);
  • Fluency in English (spoken, read and written);
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including skills in writing reports and technical specifications;
  • Possess a strong understanding of management and business in the consulting field;
  • Excellent project leadership, mentoring and teamwork skills;
  • Have developed a talent for leading complex and challenging multi-disciplinary projects;
  • Flexibility to travel for short periods of time.


Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent

Location: Montreal – QC – Canada or Toronto – QC – Canada

Division: Rolling Stock

Reports to: Director, Engineering

Remuneration: According to the profile



This job description is intended to provide an indication of the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions to be carried out as part of fulfilling the role mentioned in the job title. Various other duties will apply as required.

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

SYSTRA Canada is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values applications from all and offers employment equity based on the merits and abilities of candidates and personnel.


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