Senior Signaling and Communication Specialist

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Construction management

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.


Overall responsibilities

Responsible for the preparation and writing of studies, technical specifications design, installation, testing and revenue service commissioning of signaling systems on conventional railways. Also in charge of inspection of crossings to assess compliance with regulations and standards/guidelines


Role and responsibilities

  • Visual inspections of existing crossings and associated signalling and telecom equipment.
  • 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/supplier and supports the customer during the system design and installation implementation phases.
  • Assists the Testing and Commissioning of new equipment. Evaluates the operational performance of the system.



Education: Bachelor’s degree in electrical, automation or software engineering is an asset.

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

Technical competencies:

  • Must have a practical management experience of signals.
  • Expert understanding of the functional and operational requirements of the signaling systems.
  • Expert in systems processes and design, theoretical timing analysis, operational scenarios, reliability and performance analysis.
  • Safety oriented, good understanding of the vital principles. Capable to identify safety related hazards considering system failure analysis.
  • Good knowledge of AREMA standards. Familiarity with CENELEC, IEC, and IEEE standards is a plus.
  • Good knowledge of North American signaling systems: Conventional Rail Signaling, PTC, CBTC.  Knowledge of ETCS is a plus.

Personal & soft skills:   

  • 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.
  • Good verbal and written skills in French (English is an asset).


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 have deep knowledge of Class 1 railroad signaling systems and equipment. Must be able to interface with Owners, operators, consultants and contractors, as well as the suppliers of signaling systems.


Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent – Full Time

Location: Montreal – Quebec - Canada

Division: Freight and Mining

Reports to: Executive VP – Freight and Mining

Remuneration: Based on 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.