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Senior Catenary (CAT) Engineer

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Engineering

Montreal, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  10-15 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


Reporting to the Discipline Leader - Traction Energy, the Senior CAT Engineer plans and takes responsibility for the complete production of technical documents relating to the Catenary specialty, on urban (tramway, metro) and inter-urban projects (Express Network, High Frequency Train).

  • He/she interfaces with the different disciplines with which the Catenary is involved (Support Functions, Systems, Civil Engineering).
  • He/she is the main contact for all matters relating to Catenary Systems, both internally at SYSTRA Canada and with partners and clients.
  • He/she develops and maintains his/her network of contacts within the SYSTRA Group in order to be able to call upon and/or propose services, to discuss technical issues and to obtain feedback on similar projects.
  • It develops and maintains a technology watch network with the various suppliers of catenary equipment/products as well as carrying out a mission of improvement/research and development of technological solutions meeting Canada's needs (cooperation with the CSA and participation in IEEE catenary workshops for the development of the normative reference system, partnership with universities).
  • He/she assists the Discipline Leader in responding to calls for tender for the various electrification opportunities on which the Passenger Transport Division is positioned.
  • With the support of the Discipline Leader - Traction Energy, he makes the most of his expertise and is actively involved in increasing the competence of the Catenary Division, with the ultimate aim of structuring it in a development context.




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


Years of experience: Minimum 10 years of significant experience on urban (Tramway, Metro) and Interurban (Regional Trains, Express Networks) projects, experience on High Speed Line appreciated. International experience is an asset.


Technical competencies:

  • Supports the production of the following technical documents:

Definition of functional requirements, Pre-staking, Typical sectional view, Span and tilt calculation, Support sizing, Staking/HDC plan, Longitudinal profile, Elementary parts booklet, Foundations/anchors booklet, Assembly booklets, tilting booklet, Feeding and Sectioning diagrams, Pantograph-Catenary dynamic simulation

  • Technically coordinates the Catenary interfaces with the leaders of the different subsystems concerned
  • Takes charge of the technical analysis of offers from potential Catenary suppliers and writes the relevant recommendation reports
  • Participates in the cost estimates of the Catenary subsystem for the projects (CAPEX, OPEX)
  • Participates in the definition of the workload plan of the Energy Traction discipline and is in charge of its respect for the tasks/workshops that are under its responsibility
  • Participates in the various weekly project reviews in which he/she is involved
  • Mastery of IEC and EN standards. Mastery of IEEE and CSA standards is an asset.
  • Mastery of AutoCAD. Mastery of Civil 3D (or equivalent) and BIM experience an asset
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office, Teams, SharePoint. Experience with Electronic Document Management platforms (such as Aconex) an asset.
  • Member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) or eligible.


Personal & soft skills:   

  • Proficient in French and English (read, spoken, written)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to write reports and technical specifications
  • Strong team player
  • Ability to work in an international environment
  • Be autonomous while being transparent to his/her hierarchy
  • Rigorous, involved and serious person
  • Active in technological/methodological developments related to his/her specialty by maintaining a network of industrial contacts
  • Able to adapt to unpredictable situations and/or program modifications and to know how to organize oneself in periods of heavy workload in order to respect the fixed objectives
  • Mobile to carry out short-term assignments in Canada and/or abroad


Employment terms and conditions


Contract nature: Permanent

Location: Montreal or Toronto, to be determined

Division: Transit

Reports to: Discipline Leader - Traction Energy

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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