The Capital Project Delivery team is responsible for the execution of design and construction projects in Metra’s Capital Program. Major areas of ongoing project activity include: Stations & Parking (new stations, major rehabs, smaller updates); Bridges (repairs, upgrades, complete replacements); and Metra Facilities (yard facilities, mechanical shops, office buildings; crew facilities). The team also provides design expertise in various engineering disciplines for track, infrastructure, structure and signal work involving other railroads.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Capital Projects, the Director, Civil and Structural Engineering, will direct and plan civil and structural capital improvement projects for bridges, yards, and other Metra structures; lead and work with design teams; and coordinate track and structural work with other railroads.
The primary duties include functioning as Metra's lead engineer for civil/structural capital design improvements, coordinating the work of consulting engineers and other professional staff performing planning, design, or investigative functions.
Direct staff of engineers engaged in the design, planning, field studies, preparation of specifications and other construction documents for bridges, yards, facilities, culverts, and embankments.
Develop and supervise programs designed to achieve departmental objectives and to ensure optimum use of materials, equipment, and personnel.
Oversee design of projects, and approves project documents including project scope, design criteria, engineering specifications, cost estimates, and construction timelines.
Manage and work collaboratively with Manager, Structural Engineering to update and maintain Metra's Bridge Management Program, including an accurate railroad bridge inventory, coordinate annual bridge audit inspections of all Metra managed structures, and respond to community complaints and bridge incidents.
Approve time off, coordinate staff schedules, fill vacancies as necessary, and ensure compliance with departmental and company policies and objectives. Decide/implement staffing decisions, performance evaluations, and performance improvement, disciplinary, and/or termination procedures. Make recommendations regarding hiring, performance evaluations, disciplinary and/or termination procedures.
Responsible for the safety objectives, goals, and program of the organization ensuring compliance with applicable safety rules and regulations.
Works under both inside and outside environmental conditions under prevailing conditions of heat, cold, rain, and snow.
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis from a school accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
In addition to a #1, must have 10 years of civil engineering design work experience including extensive experience working with design and construction management consultants and engineering contractors.
Must have five years of direct supervisory experience that includes day-to-day employment management, assigning tasks, providing guidance and training, monitoring performance, conflict management, budgeting, hiring, disciplining and/or termination.
Comprehensive knowledge of:
railroad bridge engineering design, construction, and maintenance principles and practices.
American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association Manual for Railway Engineering recommended practices.
modern construction methods, materials, and equipment.
railroad infrastructure systems, project costing, monitoring, and reporting techniques.
Considerable knowledge of:
Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency program and projects, specifically those that impact Metra's operations
applicable computer software packages and applications, including CAD.
applicable local, state, and federal codes, regulations, and requirements.
Functional knowledge of budgetary processes and basic accounting principles.
verbal and written communication skills.
organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
interpersonal skills in dealing with all levels of management, employees, external groups, and/or organizations.
Demonstrated skills in project management methods, practices, and procedures.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis in Word, Excel, and Outlook.
work with sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality.
develop and implement policies, methods, practices, and procedures.
possess an Illinois Professional Engineer license.
possess an Illinois Professional Structural Engineer license.
possess and maintain a valid driver's license and be willing to travel within Metra’s 6-county region.
be available to work flexible hours in the early morning, late afternoon, evenings, or weekends.
Internal Number: 7870
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.