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VHB Director of Signal Design Transit and Rail in Boston, Massachusetts

Director of Signal Design

VHB’s growing Transit & Rail Practice is looking for Director of Signal Design to join our team in New York City, Boston or Washington DC. This position does require the candidate to live in or relocate to New York City, Boston, or Washington DC as your presence will be required to work with our signal design team.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within a dynamic team, across diverse disciplines, giving you exposure to a wide variety of projects in size and scope. VHB has consistently been rated as one of the top Engineering Firms to work for up and down the East coast, was awarded “Employer of the Year” by WTS in 2018 and has a 96% CEO approval rating on Glassdoor.

VHB’s passionate professionals include engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with public and private clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Together, we work to improve mobility, enhance communities and economic vitality, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.

The Director of Signal Design will lead the business development efforts as well as oversee and direct the technical efforts of the signal design team. The business development efforts will include client management and maintenance, identifying new opportunities, and leading project pursuit efforts. The technical management will include leading the signal design aspects of complex transit and railroad projects. Typical projects involve commuter rail, light rail transit, heavy (metro) rail, intercity passenger rail and freight rail.


  • Take an active role in business development through the identification of opportunities and the leadership of project pursuits.

  • Manage and grow key client relationships.

  • Coordinate on teaming decisions with the Regional Transit & Rail Directors and the National Director of Transit & Rail.

  • Take an active role in the development and mentoring of the Signal Design group staff.

  • Prepare and maintain resource plans.

  • Manage a multidisciplinary team of designers.

  • Manage multiple concurrent projects of various topics and complexity.

  • Develop, manage and maintain project schedules and budgets.

  • Lead development of project deliverables and provide quality control.

  • Manage financial progress on projects.

  • Prepare and deliver technical reports, analyses, and presentations.

  • Represent VHB at regional conferences, seminars and industry events.

  • Manage and prepare technical and cost proposals.

Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding the of a North American based signaling systems:

  • Train Control Systems for Light Rail Transit, Heavy Rail Transit, Freight Rail, Commuter Rail, and Intercity Rail and High-speed rail operations.

  • Detailed knowledge of vital and non-vital signal electrical circuits.

  • Knowledge and understanding of AREMA and IEEE recommendations.

  • Wayside and CAB based Signaling systems including, relay and microprocessor based interlockings, switch machines, track circuits, negative return and cross bonding, and/or axle counters circuits.

  • Ability to design in accordance with the FRA principles defined in the CFR 49 parts 234-236 relating to vital and non-vital software and to read, understand, and develop and modify electrical circuits.

  • Ability to design and modify software systems for Programmable Logic Controllers Vital and Non-Vital Microprocessor based systems.

  • Experience with designing “at grade” railroad crossing systems for both constant and fixed warning systems including traffic preemption functions.

  • Designing, sizing and developing specifications for Power Supplies and Distribution.

  • Perform design calculations, prepare material and equipment specifications, cost estimates, Force Account work scopes, Microsoft project schedules and provide preliminary sketches and notes for drawings.

  • Knowledge of office systems involving of computer-based control systems and dispatcher workstations.

  • Knowledge of rail-based signal construction installation techniques and standards for heavy and light rail installations

  • Minimum of 20 years’ experience with CFR 49 Parts 234-236, AREMA Signal Manual and Recommendations and IEEE and how they pertain to train control systems.

  • Working knowledge of all applications within the Microsoft Office software group.

  • Ability to create or revise electronic drawings using AutoCAD and/or MicroStation CAD programs.

  • Support the installation, testing and commissioning of rail based signaling, Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) and Positive Train Control (PTC) projects

  • Participate in client meetings and project signaling design reviews.

  • Participate in factory and construction field reviews, site inspections and commissioning procedures.

  • Possess excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Capable of supervising, mentoring and motivating staff members. Ability to travel locally and nationally when required.

  • A positive attitude towards teamwork, communication and problem-solving.

In addition, the following general skills and abilities are required:

  • Excellent technical written and verbal communication skills and analytical skills.

  • Excellent public speaking skills and business development skills.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Strong capability in use of computer applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

  • Capability in the use of project management applications such as MS Project or Primavera.

  • Ability to travel locally and nationally when required.

  • Motivated to lead and mentor others.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or in a related field such as Computer Systems Engineering etc., and 20 years’ experience and increasing levels of responsibilities in railroad and/or transit signaling design.

  • Experience with signaling standards and practices as it relates to all stages of signaling projects from design to installation and commissioning.

  • Proven ability to work in a team environment.

  • Progressive experience in the oversight, management and mentoring of staff.

  • PE preferred but not required.

Please submit applications online.

At VHB, we’re invested in what we do, compelled by intellectual curiosity, and driven to work collectively to best serve our clients and help shape the future of our communities in a meaningful way. We’re proud, yet humbled, to have been doing this over 40+ years. We are dedicated to making a positive impact and providing opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

New employees beginning prior to Labor Day 2020 will likely be onboarded virtually and begin their employment from home. This position does require the individual to live in or relocate to New York City, Boston, or Washington DC as your presence will be required at project sites in and around these metropolitan areas frequently. We are in the process of planning for a safe return to the workplace in alignment with government and CDC guidelines.

ID: 2020-1143

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