Metra's Engineering Department is staffed with over 800 employees who work tirelessly applying technology and engineering principles in the design, construction, operation, and management of our network of infrastructure, facilities, and equipment so that customers can enjoy a safe, comfortable, economical, and dependable transit experience.
The Senior Signal Engineer will apply railroad signal engineering principles, processes and procedures necessary to perform design and detail engineering.
Implement wayside signaling interlockings and crossing installations across the Metra six-county region.
Review software programming for microprocessor-based applications and reviews signal system specifications prepared by signal consultants.
Design and check circuit prints for capital improvement projects funded by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which includes wayside signal applications, route and aspect charts, braking calculations, and highway crossing warning systems.
Develop specifications for signal systems and oversee the development of Metra’s signal standards and typicals.
Investigate and make recommendations on any reports of malfunctions of signal systems or equipment. Inspect signal equipment and installations to ensure compliance with Metra standards and specifications; analyze, plan and specify signal systems and equipment.
Coordinate proposed improvements and develop documents for outside agencies.
1.) Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or in lieu of specified degree, any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in signal field railroad operations.
2.) In addition to #1, must have seven (7) years of signal design and construction experience.
3.) Must have extensive knowledge of signal system operations and signal design principles.
4.) Ability to:
read and write software programming for microprocessor based applications, which includes the use of Ladder, Relay and Boolean logic.
apply rules and regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), State of Illinois and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of Way (AREMA).
5.) Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Knowledge of Positive Train Control (PTC) system preferred.
Internal Number: 6406
Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in Northeastern Illinois. The agency provides service to and from downtown Chicago with 241 stations over 11 routes totaling nearly 500 route miles and approximately 1,200 miles of track. Metra operates more than 700 weekday trains, providing about 300,000 passenger trips each weekday.