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Railroad Signals Inspector

Job Details

Hiring Organization TranSystems
Post Name Railroad Signals Inspector
Qualification Any Graduate
Industry Private
Employment Type Full Time
Work Hours 8 Hours
Salary USD 2500 To USD 4500 Per Month
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States 60606

Job Description


We are excited to share once again that TranSystems has been recognized as a top 100 design firm by Engineering News-Record. For more than 50 years, TranSystems has committed to a mission of performing engineering and architectural planning, design, and construction solution services in a manner that is safe.

And in compliance with all applicable regulatory and client requirements.  At TranSystems, we have established and continue to nurture a culture that is committed to providing quality services for our clients.  We’re looking for top talent to grow with our firm.


What you’ll be challenged to do:

It is TranSystems practice to maintain a close liaison with our clients during the course of a project.  We feel a close working relationship with our client, a thorough understanding of the project, and sensitivity to the client’s and the affected general public’s needs and concerns will expedite the successful completion of the project.

Therefore, we are looking for a highly motivated individual that can effectively communicate with clients, contractors, vendors, and project staff.  The successful candidate must have experience in railroad-related construction including general civil and site development, signals, utilities, and track work.

Job Responsibilities

  • Review construction contract documents for an overall understanding of the project and for constructability concerns.
  • Prepare and implement alternate solutions to construction issues as they arise.  Coordinate solutions with the Resident Engineer/Technician, Design Engineers, and the Client.
  • Provide observation, inspection, and documentation of the construction work and contractor operations to verify that the construction is accomplished in accordance with the plans and specifications. 
  • Provide liaison functions related to the coordination of contractors, utilities, developers, other agencies, and property owners engaged or affected by the project. Meet with contractors regularly to coordinate work, resolve issues, review schedules, and sequence operations.
  • Prepare and maintain daily documentation and records throughout the project necessary to verify progress, quantities, materials documentation, measurement, and computation of pay items, pay estimates, change orders, and other authorized plan and/or contract adjustments.
  • Provides engineering support assignments involving plan review, inspection, technical project management, construction management, and construction contract administration for capital projects for conformance with operational policies and engineering standards, with emphasis on the Class 1 railroads, AREMA, and other Railroad Signal Design Criteria.
  • Acts as a project engineer or liaison overseeing, coordinating, and reviewing work performed by outside consultants and contractors to ensure compliance with railroad technical standards and operational protocols.
  • Monitors design and installation, and contractor job progress, and resolves problems during the planning, construction, cutover, start-up, and closeout phases.
  • Monitors active projects concerning the erection or modification of signal equipment, including field inspections, checking for completeness, efficiency, and compliance with standards.
  • Reviews designs and proposals for functionality and construction/budget feasibility, proposing solutions to potentially problematic items before and during design and procurement phases.
  • Coordinates assigned projects relating to the railroad project owner and other railroad signaling systems.
  • Maintains files and records of tracings, drawings, programs, and other project data.
  • Reviews the type and amount of material required for projects prepares material sheets and requisitions, estimates labor and material costs, and develops project schedules.
  • Understands and utilizes design standards defined by American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association (AREMA), railroads, and state regulatory agencies.
  • Coordinates and integrates requirements and criteria from other departments including Rail Operations, Planning, and System Maintenance to maximize signal system operation and efficiency in design.
  • Analyzes requirements of assigned tasks and determines the method of completion.
  • Provides technical support to internal customers within the Authority (primarily Signal Maintenance), troubleshooting complex problems that adversely affect rail movements, clarifying signal/train control system behavior, and educating personnel in the operation of interlocking equipment.
  • Checks for the proper operation of equipment and troubleshoots the cause of and remedy for faulty operation.
  • Occasionally works on elevated, ballasted, and subway tracks adjacent to moving rail vehicles and energized power rails.
  • The position may require travel and other duties as assigned located throughout Chicagoland and North America.


What you bring to our firm:

  • 5-10 years of railroad signals inspection and/or maintenance experience
  • Actively engages multiple perspectives when solving problems, seeks to learn from peers, and encourages reciprocal learning among team members.
  • Actively advocates for full inclusion in the workplace, fostering an environment that welcomes diversity and values equity for all employees, partners, clients, and the communities that TranSystems serves.

What we’d prefer for you to bring to our firm:

  • Certified in IDOT Documentation of Contract Quantities
  • IDOT CMMS Training
  • Class 1 railroad, CTA, and Metra construction experience is a plus
  • Class 1 railroad training in the maintenance and testing of vital interlocking and other signal systems

TranSystems is proud to be an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer and ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity in all programs and activities in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one that is subject to U.S. law).

As the employer of choice, we are committed to action and strive for a company that reflects the vast diversity of our country and the communities we serve. TranSystems is committed to embracing diversity in all forms, including race, culture, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, thought, and religious background.

We acknowledge the impacts of prejudice and discrimination on historically underserved communities. We commit to establishing a more diverse, inclusive, and positive work environment that drives innovation.

Recruiters or staffing agencies: TranSystems is not obligated to compensate any external recruiter or search firm who presents a candidate, their resume, or profile to a TranSystems employee without 1) a current, fully-executed agreement on file and 2) being assigned to the open position (as a search) via our applicant tracking solution.

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