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Senior Signaling Engineer

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Engineering

Toronto, CA

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



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

  • Technical evaluation and selection of appropriate technologies and systems. Prepares and delivers reports for the client (customer).
  • Calculates CAPEX based on the technologies and system proposed as well as annual OPEX for the system to be installed.
  • Conducting feasibility study followed by the preparation of design criteria and specifications for the system proposed.
  • Prepare and evaluate tenders (bids) submitted by potential contractors.
  • Responds to tender offers received by the client.
  • Supervises the contractor and supports the customer during the system design and installation implementation phases.
  • Assists in the Testing and Commissioning of the system. Evaluates the operational performance of the system.
  • Leads and develops bid estimates and schedules for Wayside Signaling and Office Hardware (HW) to meet customer requirements.
  • Leads the prompt escalation of issues, impacts of issues and recommendations/solutions to Functional Manager for resolution.
  • Effectively communicates project status, proposes risk mitigation.
  • Review (check) of supplier’s documents and drawings and verification of compliance to contract requirements and applicable standards.
  • Ensuring design compliance through requirements traceability.
  • Responsible for producing functional design documentation including system requirements and architecture, interface control, scheme plans, control tables, block design, and analyses as appropriate.


Internal and External Relationships:

  • Internal:  Must interface with all departments and be familiar with all systems within SYSTRA.
  • External: Must be familiar with Government and Regulatory procedures.  Must be able to interface with Owners, operators, consultants and contractors, as well as the suppliers of signalling systems.



Education: Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Automation or Software Engineering from a recognized university

Years of experience: A minimum of 15 years in railway and transit signalling systems, preferably with a major railway company


Technical competencies:

  • Expert understanding of the functional and operational requirements of the signalling systems.
  • Expert in systems processes and design, theoretical timing analysis, operational scenarios, reliability and performance analysis.
  • Safety-oriented, a good understanding of the vital principles. Capable to identify safety-related hazards considering system failure analysis.
  • Good knowledge of North American signalling systems: Conventional Rail Signaling, PTC, CBTC.  Knowledge of ETCS, an asset.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI, an asset.
  • Deep knowledge of industry standards (e.g. CENELEC, AREMA, IEEE, IPC, etc.) and industries standards and application of Safety standards in the design.
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of the design life cycle and V-Model in application Safety and mission critical systems.
  • Ability to analyze and refine systems requirements and ability to manage large complex projects independently.


Personal & soft skills:   

  • Exceptional organizational skills, excellent communication skills (oral and written), active listening and adapts well to target audience;
  • French is a strong asset.
  • Responsible and dynamic.
  • Ability to adapt to both new and different environments.
  • Problem solver.
  • Located in Canada and able to travel around the world.
  • Acceptable for short-term and medium overseas posting.
  • Expert problem solving, planning and analytical skills.


Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent

Location: Toronto – ON – Canada

Division:  Freight & mining

Reports to: Senior Systems Engineer

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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