Senior OCS Engineer

Country/Region:  US
Field:  Consulting

Sacramento, CA, US

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

SYSTRA delivers architecture, engineering and construction and program management services to our clients that offer public transportation, public education and public housing to our communities.


We partner with public transportation owners and operators of bridges, buses, commuter and intercity, high-speed and light rail, mass rapid transit and tunnels, helping them provide safe, efficient and reliable public transportation. SYSTRA also serves public facility authorities that provide safe, attractive, and environmentally sound public schools and offer affordable housing to communities. Ranked 18th in US mass transit and rail design by Engineering News-Record (ENR), SYSTRA has been a trusted partner to public agencies and operators throughout the US since 1985 and employs nearly 200 personnel nationwide.


Part of SYSTRA Group, a world-leading engineering and consulting firm, SYSTRA is supported by the over 10,500 employees worldwide. Using a collaborative approach built on the firm’s value of Connected Teams, we provide our clients and partners access to the best skills worldwide via sharing information, tools, best practices, and processes.

We’re looking for a new Senior OCS Engineer in our Traction Power Engineering Group to help drive the objectives and challenges our valued clients have trusted us to solve for them. 


As a SYSTRA US Senior OCS Engineer you will join a world-class team of high-performing engineers, designers, drafters and others who work collectively to ensure client projects continue to thrive while remaining on track and budget.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build strong and effective customer relationships
  • Utilize keen sense of urgency, attention to detail and experience by partnering with high-performing internal and external teams on designing, testing and commissioning OCS systems on electrified railroad projects
  • Use project management skillset to set project scope, schedules, budgets and reporting
  • Serve as a thought partner, subject matter expert and trusted advisor to peers, clients and the business
  • Lead other engineers, designers and drafters while owning overall responsibility for project quality, execution and client interface
  • Utilize strong understanding of best-in-class processes for building, implementing and operationalizing an engineering function in a high-growth environment
  • Use experience as a collaborative leader in a distributed, multi-location environment to help drive project impact without face-to-face interaction
  • Prepare design drawings, calculations, specifications and bill of materials for electrified railway OCS design projects, in accordance with railway and industry standards
  • Participate in client meetings, review contractor submittals and participate during presentations to clients


Does this seem like an opportunity that you can be all aboard with in your career?  Well, here’s a little more on the required experience we’re looking for in this new teammate.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in civil, mechanical, electrical or structural engineering
  • 15+ years of OCS experience
  • OCS High Speed Rail experience
  • Must have the ability to prepare catenary layout plans and cross sections, structural erection diagrams and catenary profiles related to High-Speed Rail projects
  • Knowledge of engineering computations and structural analysis associated with railway overhead contact systems
  • Knowledge of industry standards associated with railway design and operation related to High Speed Rail OCS
  • Must be able to perform site investigations and walkdowns along electrified tracks
  • Have excellent technical writing, verbal communications and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other interfacing multi-disciplinary team members


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (s)
  • 10 years of experience in OCS design for high-speed rail systems with a minimum capacity of 300 kph
  • European high-speed rail OCS project design and management experience


SYSTRA USA provides a benefits package including medical, dental, 401k and other offerings that focus on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.


SYSTRA USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law.        

Salary Range:  $174,200-252,500

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento