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CBTC Train Control System Engineer/Manager

Country/Region:  US
Field:  Engineering

San Francisco, US

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

At SYSTRA, one of the world's leading company in Mass Transportation and Mobility, we strive for excellence to meet our client's needs, prepare mass transit for tomorrow and we innovate to propose ever more resilient solutions. We commit to put people who join us at the heart of design and improve transport efficiency.

With a presence worldwide, SYSTRA Group will provide you the opportunity of an international career in multicultural environments. 

SYSTRA Consulting (USA) is a dominant force in the US in rail and transit consulting services and construction management. As we are growing, this is time to be a part of this challenging adventure. 

Our headquarters is in midtown Manhattan with a major office in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington and Los Angeles.

Location: San Francisco, California

Supervisor: Systems Sector Leader

Sector: Systems

Discipline: CBTC, Train Control, Signaling, Communications



The CBTC Train Control System Engineer will support our customer through the design, fitment and testing and commissioning of CBTC systems by contractors in an operating network; manage the design review process for specific subsystems: CBTC wayside or on-board / signals (relays based, SSI or PBI) / ATS /DCS) and coordinate design, lab tests and integration with existing test environment.


The CBTC Train Control System Engineer will plan and develop CBTC train control engineering projects concerned with unique and complex problems that have an important effect on major client organization programs. This involves exploration of subject area, definition of scope and selection of problems for investigation, and development of novel concepts and approaches. In doing so he/she will liaise with individuals and units within or outside his/her organization with responsibility for acting independently on technical matters pertaining to this field.



1. Serve as the lead person for CBTC technical matters on assigned projects

2. With direction from the Project Manager, develops or oversees:

a . Design, installation, system test, operation, and maintenance of railroad and/or CBTC systems, such as automatic train control systems, vital microprocessor and relay-based interlockings, signal circuit drawing, CBTC wayside interfaces, integrated control centers

b. System functional or detailed designs in accordance with project requirements;

c. Perform site investigations as required.

d. Support the Test and Commissioning Manager in writing test and commissioning specifications and performing test and commissioning activities.

e. Delivers value-added engineering solutions, products, and support to customers.


3. Responsible for discipline work quality and methodology and coordination with the other sectors project interface for multi-disciplinary projects.

4. Perform project work including scope, schedule and produce accurate and timely project reporting and client deliverables as required by the Project Manager.

5. Technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing, and coordinating projects, including the investigation, development, and approaches for the project.

6. Actively maintain proficiency and develop knowledge in areas of expertise for him and relevant staff by managing, directing, and mentoring the junior signals, CBTC, and train control staff assigned to his project.

7. Frequent interaction with supervisor and staff including meetings as necessary to confirm with discipline personnel that projects are on track within budget and meet client expectations and deadlines.

8. Ensure engineers/designers are following and carrying out work under correct and relevant federal, state, local, and industry standards. 

9. Analyze and review the design and construction drawing requirements to ensure match with customers' specifications.

10. Enforce QA/QC policies for his assigned scope of work and identify possible quality and safety issues within the scope of the project in order to fulfill project-related contractual requirements.

11. Work with other team members or, as individual researcher and consultant, may be assisted on individual projects by other engineers and technicians.

12. Share business intelligence and resources with sector manager and staff to facilitate new project and market development nationwide.

13. Participate in developing proposals, including technical design and cost estimates and participate in client presentations to secure new work.

14. Share resources and intelligence with SYSTRA, S.A. partner to facilitate synergy and new project and market development worldwide.

15. Actively maintain proficiency and develop knowledge in areas of expertise.

16. Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally to all SYSTRA office locations, including project offices, and contractors and suppliers’ offices and factories, if applicable


Personal Characteristics

1. High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.

2. Superior interpersonal abilities. Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature, flexible.

3. Good reasoning abilities. Sound judgment.

4. Maintains confidentiality at all levels.

5. Good written and verbal communication skills.

6. Resourceful and well organized.


Organizational relationships:

1. Accountable for all phases of activities to the Project Manager of project assigned and to Systems Sector Leader

2. Consults and coordinates with:

  • All employees assigned to the sector and other disciplines as required.
  • Other Systems Engineers and Managers to coordinate multi-discipline projects and exchange intelligence about clients and competitors.
  • Mentors junior-level engineers/designers.
  • Peer level employees of clients, teaming partners, competitors, SYSTRA, S.A. and its subsidiaries, vendors, brokers, and others as may be required to conduct the company’s business.

3. A Corporate Contacts List is maintained on the Company’s Intranet with a list of persons to contact for specific issues such as payroll, accounts receivable/payable, corporate insurance inquiries, personnel policies and procedures, benefit questions, IT issues, etc.



1. Comprehensive understanding of the global architecture of the signaling system

2. In-depth knowledge of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC)

3. Minimum of ten years of relevant experience. Experience with contractors and CBTC suppliers desirable.

4. Knowledge of the Federal Railroad Administration rules and AREMA standards

5. Thorough knowledge of signal systems, including software development, fiber optics, networking, RAMS, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).

6. Experience in software and hardware interfaces; critical safety analysis, including vital software that may be required; and the field inspection and the testing of railroad signal control systems, switching equipment, station lighting, security, and smoke/fire detection to ensure design specification compliance.

7. Experience in critical safety analysis, including vital software that may be required

8. Experience and ability to: 

  • Design, implement and operate state of the art CBTC systems in greenfield and brownfield
  • Review/update Operation and Maintenance Manuals.
  • Use advanced techniques and extend the theories and precepts of computer-based railroad signaling in novel or unusual circumstances.

9. Able to supervise a staff of related engineers and designers.

10. Recognized as authority in the field.

11. An understanding of safety management systems and risk assessment techniques is needed relating to all aspects of train control systems.



1. BS or MS in relevant Engineering field

2. PE License in relevant state (mainly NY; CA)

3. CCM Certification (required within 6 months of employment for a field position)

4. CSEP, CISSP, CCNA, SSCP, or other applicable certifications (desirable)

5. Leadership role or membership in a relevant professional organization (desirable).



The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The VP of Human Resources should be consulted when accommodations are required.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger; handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee may on occasion perform duties outdoors, thereby being exposed to harsh weather conditions, high altitudes, and high noise levels in the work environment.  Responsible and safe work habits are expected at all times, and particularly when working on tracks and in or around railroad facilities.  Successfully passing client safety training courses may also be required.

SYSTRA offers a range of competitive benefits including health insurance, life insurance, PTO, 401 (k), commuter assistance program, and more! SYSTRA is an equal Opportunity Employer.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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