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State of Massachusetts Public Utilities Engineer-Transportation in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities is the designated state safety oversight agency for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) specific to rail and bus safety. As required by 49 CFR Part 674.00 the Department’s Transportation Oversight Division oversees MBTA strategic goals, processes and systems to monitor the authority’s compliances with federal, state and local laws/regulations including the Department’s MBTA State Safety Oversight Program Standard at 220 CMR Section 151.00. The Transportation Oversight Division has additional responsibilities related to railroad grade crossings, common carriers, including moving and towing companies and regional bus transit authorities. The Department of Public Utilities - Transportation Division is seeking applicants for the position of Public Utilities Engineer. A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition. * *_General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities_ Conducts engineering studies and safety analysis on rapid transit fixed rail guideway systems through field visits, audits and observations to evaluate compliance with federal and state safety laws and regulations and transit authority safety rules. Reviews documents and reports regarding all safety matters and safety violations. Analyze fixed rail system safety plan for compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Prepare recommendations for corrective actions. Prepare audit reports for submission to FTA and perform other related duties as required. Responds to emergencies and incidents with evening and weekend on-call duty. *Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities* 1. Through observation, inspection, interviews and meetings evaluates compliance with applicable regulations and laws and transit authority operating rules. Conducts engineering studies of light rail and heavy rail safety for compliance with applicable regulations and laws and transit authority operating rules. 2. Reviews reports, documents, and other pertinent information concerning alleged violations of regulations, laws and transit authority operating rules to determine if non-compliance or a risk to public safety exists. 3. Maintains professional relationship with transit authority personnel to encourage and support compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. 4. Conducts on-site inspections, interview individuals, review documents and participate in fact finding meetings to gather information for drawing conclusions and making recommendations concerning safety-related incidents. 5. Conducts investigations of safety-related incidents to determine if a violation of operating rules and safety regulations occurred, determine the cause and recommend corrective action. 6. Documents all audit and inspection activities, include writing a summary of an investigation. 7. Performs related administrative duties such as creating, organizing and maintaining records and logs. 8. Makes recommendations on safety policies and procedures governing transit activities. 9. Reviews corrective action plans prepared by rail transit authority. 10. Participates in annual and triennial safety audits of rail transit authority. _Qualifications Required at Hire _ 1. Knowledge of terminology, standard abbreviations, symbols and/or codes used in connection with railroad and rapid transit systems and operations. 2. Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of engineering as applied to rapid transit systems.3 3. Knowledge of methods of general and technical report writing and investigative techniques. 4. Ability to read and interpret such documents as blueprints, technical reports, contracts, and other legal documents. 5. Ability to work accurately with names, numbers, codes and/or symbols. 6. Ability to understand, explain and apply the law, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing rail transit. 7. Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of engineering data to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations. 8. Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures using accepted engineering techniques. 9. Ability to gather information by examining records and documents and by questioning individuals. 10. Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information. 11. Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in a logical sequence. 12. Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression. 13. Ability to maintain a calm manner in stressful and emergency situations. 14. Ability to work independently. 15. Ability to perform mathematical calculations using appropriate formulae to solve engineering problems. 16. Ability to prepare technical and general reports. 17. Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables. 18. Ability to maintain accurate records. _Qualifications Acquired on Job _ 1. Knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing rapid transit systems and system safety plans. 2. Knowledge of the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing system safety plans. 3. Knowledge of the how to conduct an annual and triennial audit. 4. Ability to make progress toward public transit safety certification and acquire certification within three years of hire. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full- time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering work, the major duties of which included the design, construction or operation of facilities for the generation, transmission and/or distribution of light, heat and power and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. An Associate's degree with a major in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.* II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, or electrical engineering technology or electrical engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.* III. A Graduate degree with a major in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, or electrical engineering technology may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: Educational substitution will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. Special Requirements: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license. * An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Engineering* *Organization: Department of Public Utilities *Title: *Public Utilities Engineer-Transportation Location: Massachusetts-Boston-1 South Station Requisition ID: 2100003H

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