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CDM Smith Railway Signal Systems Specialist 7 in Chicago, Illinois


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Job Description:

Join CDM Smith's Transportation team as a Railway Signal Systems Specialist and make a significant impact! Our goal is to improve the long-term mobility of both people and goods. Our team is comprised of technical specialists who possess extensive knowledge in various design areas, including roads, bridges, structures, traffic engineering, intelligent transportation systems, public transit, and more!

-This opportunity will support signal design projects, field investigations, control center integration, and on-site field support needs.

  • Collaborate with diverse project teams in developing plans, specifications, and estimates of signal system design components. Typical projects may include interlocking design, roadway crossing warning devices, switch heat control, block impacts due to adjacent station or traction power work, and back-office SCADA system integration coordination.

  • Interface directly with clients, designers, and engineers from other disciplines and consultants.

  • Implement and conform to CDM Smith’s, clients’, or prime consultants’ overlapping Quality Management Systems.

  • Provide input into construction cost estimating and scheduling activities for railway and systems projects.

  • Provide construction administrative support in the review of submittals and RFIs.

  • Support on-site implementation of back-office SCADA system integration to wayside systems.

  • Conduct field inspections and data gathering for verification of as-built plans.

Job Title:

Railway Signal Systems Specialist 7



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Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelor's degree.

-12 years of related experience.

-Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

-Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical engineering, or 10 years experience as a railway systems signal engineer including field experience.

  • 5-10 years experience with SCADA system communications and railway signal systems interface.

  • 5-10 years experience with railway signal and train control design, vital microprocessors, and interlocking design.

  • 5-10 years experience with microprocessor-based roadway crossing warning systems design, commissioning, and testing.



EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Illinois - Chicago

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with transit, commuter, and freight rail operating environment, experience with electrified railway preferred.

  • Familiarity with American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Communications & Signals (C&S) manual.

  • Familiarity with train control systems such as Positive Train Control (PTC) and Transit Automatic Train Control (ATC) or Automatic Train Operation (ATO) systems.

  • Familiarity with SCADA systems in railway applications, including back-office communications, and design experience.

  • Familiarity with various locking types and design methodologies.

  • Familiarity with QEI Worldview.

  • Familiarity with train tracking and dispatch systems.

  • Ability to plan and produce signal design work products, including plans and specifications.

  • Experience providing technical oversight and guidance to technical teams.

  • Ability to work in a team environment with multiple disciplines including civil, track, traction power, and communications.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.