AECOM Manager - Transit & Rail Signals Design in Mississauga, Ontario

Requisition/Vacancy No. 149484BR

Position Title Manager - Transit & Rail Signals Design

Job Category Engineering - Transportation

Business Line Transportation

Country Canada

State/Province/Region CAN - Ontario

City Mississauga

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Job Summary

AECOM’s Transit and Rail Signals group is seeking a Transit & Rail Signals Design Manager to lead an existing team of 5-10 design engineers and technicians. The position is open for immediate employment based out of AECOM’s Mississauga, Ontario office. This is a position of an experienced signals design engineer who is seeking a leadership position in their field.

This individual would deliver both large and small-scale signals projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Canada, and at times in the US as well. As the manager of the design team, the successful applicant will have multiple roles:

Team Management / Leadership:

  • Primary role is to lead an existing team of 5-10 rail signals designers and technicians

  • Assign work to staff

  • Monitor design team costs relative to established budgets

  • Attend and lead staff and client meetings

  • Perform annual staff performance reviews

  • Coach staff on their careers

  • Mentor high-potential staff

  • Grow the team including participating in recruiting and interviewing candidates

  • Act as the designated signals/systems specialist on complex rail projects

  • Comply with, and implement, corporate safety, values and initiatives


  • Projects will be for:

  • North American heavy-rail freight and passenger systems to AREMA C&S standards

  • LRT and Subway transit systems

  • Perform design, review, and checking (up to 3rd level) for:

  • New and modified vital circuitry and application logic programs for automatic block systems, centralized traffic control, interlocking’s, and highway grade crossing warning systems

  • Review own work and work done by others for adherence to applicable standards, rules and regulations, as well as all applicable client standards and signal design policies and procedures

  • Coordinate signals design with systems (e.g. OCS/Traction power), power supply, and civil/track designs that are done by others

  • Prepare technical specifications for traditional design-bid-build and P3 / Alternative Design and Procurement / design-build projects

  • Perform hands-on design

  • Perform 3rd-level checks of designs completed by own staff

  • P.Eng sealing of own drawings for as-installed conditions

Business Development:

  • Support proposal preparation and business development for AECOM’s signals/systems business

  • Estimate engineering effort (fees) and schedules for signals design assignments

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent

  • 8+ years of extensive rail signaling design experience

  • Experience delivering projects for commuter rail or freight rail

  • Significant experience with AREMA-based heavy-rail signal design

  • P.Eng or PE in Canada or U.S.

  • In depth knowledge of applicable laws, standards and regulations pertaining to railroad and transit signal systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning systems. Must specifically include knowledge of AREMA C&S Recommended Practices, GCS, GCR, CROR, and industry standards

  • In-depth knowledge of a variety of essential signaling systems: ATC, CTC, ABS, PTC, ATS, CBTC, etc.

  • Proficient at reading and interpreting Braking Analysis to provide correct aspects accordingly

  • Experience in grade crossing and vital microprocessor-based interlocking equipment programming

  • Proficient in highway grade crossing warning design, microprocessor-based constant warning time devices

  • Proficient in wayside signaling including ABS, CTC and Interlocking, both relay logic and Boolean or ladder logic

  • Experience with / working knowledge of both AutoCAD and MicroStation

  • Experience writing technical specifications

  • Experience undertaking design reviews

  • Competent written and verbal English skills

  • Must possess a valid driver's license

Preferred Qualifications

  • 15+ years of extensive rail signaling design experience

  • Masters or PhD in rail signaling or similar (e.g. systems, integration, safety, automation, etc.)

  • P.Eng licensed in the Province of Ontario

  • Experience with Metrolinx, TTC, CN, CP, VIA Rail, AMT or similar

  • Understanding of CN (GI’s & SCP’s) and CP (RP’s)

  • Experience with LRT and/or subway signaling

  • Management or leadership experience

  • Experience delivering signals design and/or specifications for P3 / AFP / Design-Build (includes preparing PSOS and RCD documents)

  • In addition to office-based design, also experience with testing/commissioning, construction, maintenance, and/or operations

  • Multi-disciplinary transit/rail “Systems” experience including traction-power, OCS, communications, power supply / electrical, SCADA, fare collection, etc.

  • Experience in Systems Integration, Configuration Management, Requirements Engineering, Reliability / Accessibility / Maintenance / Safety (RAMS), etc.

  • Experience writing proposals and experience in business development

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