Bechtel Corporation Senior Rail Systems (Communications) Engineer in Reston, Virginia

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Job Overview:

This position is for a Certified DC Stray Current Mitigation and Corrosion Control Engineer who will prepare designs in the development and delivery of rail systems portion of an integrated railway comprised of system-wide components. Experience in conceptual, preliminary and final design of DC stray current analysis and mitigation for Light Rail and Heavy Rail Projects is must.

Stray current analysis, mitigation and monitoring for DC traction applications for traction power substations, bridges, tunnels, underground structures, direct fixation tracks, embedded tracks, above ground and underground stations & stops, cut and cover sections, at grade guideway, elevated substructures and superstructures, mechanically stabilized earth walls, abutments, foundations, noise walls, utilities, pipelines, rail yard, rail depot, overhead catenary systems, traction power systems etc.

This Engineer will be responsible for direct production of design work by Bechtel as well as for managing the scope and integration of work assigned to subcontracted design entities. The position will include work supporting business development and delivery of studies and proposals, and may ultimately transition to a project-specific assignment, typically in a lump-sum, design-build project environment. The successful candidate must have strong organizational and teamwork skills, proven problem-solving abilities, and the desire to innovate designs and engineering work processes.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct independent work requiring judgment in the evaluation, selection, application and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria to rail projects

  • Prepare conceptual studies, designs, reports, proposals, value engineering studies or alternate technical concepts (ATCs) in accordance with Bechtel Engineering Procedures

  • Coordinate design development with other departments which may include construction, estimating, project controls, procurement, and contracts management

  • Perform standard engineering work planning, scheduling, and job hour estimating

  • Monitor and ensure compliance with project budgets, schedules, quantities and quality requirements

  • Provide technical direction and assign work to subordinate engineers, designers, and drafters who assist on specific assignments

  • Review and check work of subordinate engineers

  • Coordinate and integrate design work between engineering disciplines and other design entities

  • Interface with clients and stakeholders to make presentations, define project requirements, and obtain contractual and statutory approvals

  • Assist in on-the-job-training of assigned personnel and provide input for their performance evaluations.

  • Prepare procurement and subcontract requisition documents and perform associated technical bid evaluations

  • Prepare and/or assists in the preparation of cost estimates, quantity take-offs and staffing requirements for proposals, forecasts and change orders

  • Resolve technical issues with construction and travel to the field to assist as required

  • Support the creation of a work environment that fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.

  • Co-operate in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times

  • Make business trips, or potentially relocate, to construction site, project office or client location as required

Job Knowledge:

  • Detailed knowledge of Stray Current requirements and Corrosion Control requirements , including the following:

  • Prepare stray current model using CDEGS software (MALZ, Hifreq) for rail transit system DC stray current prediction, including stray DC leakage currents (paths and magnitude), and potential shifts on nearby metallic structures including utilities and pipelines, and develop mitigation methods.

  • Prepare design studies to evaluate impact of AC system on DC rail application (i.e. AC Overhead lines, existing substations, utility side system faults).

  • Evaluate impact of short time disturbance like OCS DC faults or AC line faults of utility feeder and associated Ground Potential Rise.

  • Perform rebar resistance calculations.

  • Corrosion analysis that includes atmospheric corrosion, AC enhanced corrosion, generic soil corrosion (corrosive soils that affect all kind of structures including grounding systems).

  • Coordinate with traction power system engineers for optimal track bonding, negative return system, track longitudinal resistances, substation locations, rail to earth resistances etc., to minimize stray current.

  • Coordinate design of continuous stray current monitoring system.

  • Coordinate with track designers for track components to minimize stray current.

  • Coordinate with bridge, substructure and superstructure designers to minimize stray current.

  • Develop earthing & bonding designs of structures to minimize stray current.

  • Coordinate with discipline designers for preparation of stray current mitigation drawings for various structures including locations of welds, compression connectors, lap splices, grounding conductors, test box locations, drain cabinets, raceway, cables etc. to provide a low resistance stray current collector system along the entire rail alignment.

  • Prepare Inspection and Test Plans for stray current mitigation.

  • Prepare Safety System Certification for Cathodic Protection.

  • Prepare cathodic protection design calculations and drawings for structures and pipes impacted by stray current.

  • Coordinate with external utilities, pipeline operators and external stakeholders on all matters concerning stray current.

  • Make design presentations to project owners and external agencies on all matters concerning stray current.

  • Prepare technical requirements for stray current surveys (baseline, pre-service, post revenue).

  • Prepare stray current and cathodic protection specifications, narratives and design criteria for the rail project.

  • Provide technical guidance to Operations and Maintenance team for stray current monitoring and testing

  • Able to reference Codes and Standards: EN 50162, IEC 62128-2, EN 50122-1, EN 50122-2, ASTM G165, NACE SP0169, TCRP Report 155, ASTM C1202, NEC, Canadian Electrical Code, other relevant NACE reports and standards including NACE publication 10B189 (from Task Group 297)

  • Accountable for the delivery of rail systems portion of an integrated railway comprised of system-wide components

  • Reviewing and assessing technical submissions from Professional Service Consultants (PSCs) determining compliance with standards and requirements

  • Coordinates rail systems infrastructure design with other engineering specialties, including signaling and traction power

  • Responsible for maintaining the quality of design and making the facility safe for construction and operations personnel

  • Establish detailed project scope when required, including basic engineering criteria and assumptions

  • Has broad working knowledge of precedents in the rail industry.

  • Has extensive experience in performing and managing self-perform rail TPSS design work

  • Has experience with cold weather designs

  • Has experience with engineering work planning, scheduling and cost estimating,

  • Thorough knowledge of discipline engineering techniques, design of engineered systems, and engineering and calculations.

  • Knowledge of current computer applications for engineering and design including appropriate knowledge of:

  • CDEGS Software

  • AutoCAD

  • Microstation V8

  • MS Office Suite and relevant Bechtel Standard Computer Applications to perform the work

  • Understanding of engineering planning and control methods

  • Demonstrated Value Engineering experience

Basic Qualifications

  • NACE Certified Corrosion and Cathodic Protection Specialist

  • Minimum fifteen (10) years’ experience in the rail systems industry engineering design

  • Must have the right to work and remain in the US without visa sponsorship

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Environmental Engineering or Chemical Engineering from an accredited college or university

  • Professional Engineering License/Registration in both the US and Canada

  • Active participation in professional association(s) for transportation engineering

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