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On-Board CBTC Design and Integration Lead

Country:  US
Field:  Engineering

New York, 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: New York or California

Supervisor: Systems Sector Leader


General Description 

The On-Board CBTC Design Lead’s responsibilities will be to provide design and engineering expertise relating to the on-board ATC & CBTC System for retrofit / upgrade projects. Interfaces include operational aspects with other key systems such as the electrical, communications and trackside train control systems.


The On-Board CBTC Design Lead 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 On-Board subsystems; coordinate design, lab tests and integration with the CBTC Design Lead, CBTC T&C Manager and CBTC Systems Integrator according to the phases of the project.



1. Lead the Onboard CBTC activities to ensure that finished product is ready for introduction by reviewing and analyzing the needs of the customer specifications for the assigned CBTC projects, with specific analysis of the plans to retrofit existing rolling stock for the new Onboard CBTC/ATC system. 

2. Review and supervise application studies from CBTC suppliers according to the Client requirements: configuration of equipment, functionality and performance of the new ATC systems. 

3. Ensure the coordinator of all stakeholders for the delivery and integration of the On-Board CBTC system

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

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

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

11. 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.

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

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

14. 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. 


Organiational relationships: 

1Accountable 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.
  • Othe Systems Engineers and Managers to coordinate multi-discipline projects and exchange intelligence about clients and competitors. 
  • Peer level employees of clients, teaming partners, competitors, SYSTRA, S.A and its subsidaries, vendors, brokers, and others as may be required to conduct the company's business. 



1. Comprehensive understanding of the architecture of the on-board CBTC system and interfaces with rolling stock (mechanical, electrical, functional, software)

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

3. Minimum of 10 to 15 years of relevant experience. Experience with CBTC suppliers.

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

5. Experience in lead engineer or team management position, with client facing experience. 

6. Recognized as an authority in the field.

7. An understanding of safety management systems and risk assessment techniques is needed relating to all aspects of train control systems and specifically with On-Board CBTC systems



1. BS or MS in relevant Engineering field

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

3. CSEP, CISSP, CCNA, SSCP, or other applicable certifications - desirable

4. 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.

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