1+ months

Systems Certification Engineer

Sacramento, CA 95814
Here is your opportunity to work on the first ever high-speed rail program in the U.S. while growing your career on a groundbreaking project.  The California High-Speed Rail program will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands.   
At WSP, we are driven by inspiring the right people to be part of our future-focused business objectives. Our devotion to teamwork has allowed us to build communities and expand our skylines. Here at WSP, anything is within our reach, and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!
WSP is currently initiating a search for a Systems Certification Engineer to be based at our Sacramento, CA program office.  
Under the Direction of the Deputy Director of Network Integration & Program Compliance, serves as the Railway System Certification Engineer. The FRA’s proposed Rule of Particular Applicability (FRA RPA) will take a systems approach to safety that includes standards that address all aspects of the California High-Speed Rail system, including signal and train control, track, rolling stock, operating practices, system qualifications, and maintenance. Therefore, this position will support the certification of a full system, including track, systems, and rolling stock. This position supports the assessment of and compliance with applicable codes, regulations, laws, legislation and standards and technical requirements through the certification process
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support services in relation to System Certification, including but not limited to Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance and Testing Plan, Train Control Implementation Plan, and New Starts Deliverable Requirements:All systems, subsystems, components, equipment, and materials furnished and installed conform to the requirements of the contract documents:
  • The entire transit system, with all interfaces, operates as an integrated whole and is capable of functioning effectively to provide dependable service
  • The system is safe for use by patrons to the extent possible in conformance to industry standards, standard of care, and conformance with contractual requirements
  • The system will operate safely through the host communities; and
  • support the operator to confirm the safe operation and maintenance of the system.
  • Confirm contractor’s Verification and Validation (V&V) process and plan that meets minimum VV requirement, Requirements Management, design management, interface management, inspection and testing management as well as configuration and change management.
  • Provide guidance and leadership to high-speed rail systems and track engineering team members. Mentoring and advising staff regarding various FRA requirements.
Knowledge of: 
  • Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR Parts 200-299), FRA New Starts Deliverables, and FRA Monitoring Procedure 54-Readiness for Revenue Operations. Knowledge of design, construction, testing and commissioning, operation, maintenance, renewal and asset management of high-speed rail Track, including track alignments (horizontal, vertical, and super-elevation), track formation, track structure and drainage), and familiarity with ATC, Traction electrification, hazard detection and warning systems, and emergency alarms.
  • Knowledge of system integration on rail projects including civil, structural, vehicle, train control, traction power and communications subsystems along experience with:
  • System safety, certification and assurance.
  • Interface management, requirements management, compliance, verification and validation, and RAMS.
  • Operational security, regulatory approvals and operational and maintenance requirements and procedures.
Ability to: 

  • Utilize sound engineering practices and knowledge to review developed requirements, specifications, designs and reports and to be able to interpret those technical requirements for compliance with statute, national and international design standards and best industry practice.
  • Use analytical and problem-solving skills to develop structured methods to identify root causes, create resolution options, evaluate impacts and implement the selected solution; Demonstrate attention to detail in preparing and reviewing technical work/proposals, be able to provide insight and guidance based on previous work experience.
  • Ability to review designs and technical specifications; Review cost estimates and projections; Work and communicate effectively with others (project team members, contractors, and client representatives, at different levels, as required) using courtesy, respect and sensitivity.
  • Provide input to multiple working level project meetings and provide feedback and comments on overall project progress at briefing and review meetings with Authority staff. Meet deadlines, follow and adhere to workplace policies.
Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.  If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in in electrical/electronic, mechanical, computer, systems engineering or related engineering discipline
  • Ten (10) years of relevant professional work experience
  • Knowledge/experience of the US railroad industry and/or international railroad systems.
  • Experience with safety programs in a railroad, construction, or environment, including planning, training, implementation, monitoring, and certification.
  • Experience with FRA safety policies, procedures and reporting is required
  • Experience with railroad operating rules and practices
  • Experience with different methods of On-Track Protection
  • Development and monitoring of training programs and requirements
  • Auditing processes and protocols
  • Availability to occasionally travel to other local offices and job site locations
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working for a railroad, commuter rail agency, or other FRA regulated entity
  • Professional designation (i.e. CHST, OHST, ASP or CSP) meeting qualifications of a national or international certifying agency; or actively pursuing such designation
  • Supervisory experience at a site-specific level and/or managing multiple projects
  • Proficiency and knowledge of office-related computer software applications
WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 9,500 people in 150 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com/usa
WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.
At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base.  Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges.  Are you ready to get started? 
WSP USA (and all of its US companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status
The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.
This position is subject to and contingent upon client approval of candidates put forth for consideration by WSP.


Posted: 2021-03-15 Expires: 2021-05-27

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