Are you good at gathering and sifting through evidence to find the root cause of engineering problems? Can you prioritize effectively to deliver projects in an environment with many demands? Do you have an excellent understanding of the physical laws of our universe? Are you a constructive collaborator that can balance the needs of multiple parties and stay within budget? Do you have a passion for public transit and the system that moves Portland? TriMet’s Vehicle Engineering Department is looking for you!
The Vehicle Engineering Department is part of TriMet’s Engineering and Construction Division. We are a supportive team that values work-life balance, encourages curiosity, and provides opportunities for advancement. We are seeking a new member of our group that shares our spirit of innovation and continuous improvement.
Vehicle engineering not only leads the procurement of TriMet’s shiny new sixth generation light rail vehicles, but also supports an existing fleet of 145 LRVs and six commuter rail cars. Our team ensures new vehicles are designed and built to our specifications and holds our suppliers to a high standard of quality. As existing equipment ages it takes tenacity and creative problem solving to ensure TriMet maintains a high standard of safety and reliability over the decades the vehicles remain in service. Our department works closely with rail maintenance, rail transportation, safety, information technology, engineering and construction civil teams, and program management to ensure excellent service to the riding public.
Your role as Assistant Project Manager is to work alongside a diverse group of project managers and engineers to assist in the delivery of a portfolio of vehicle engineering projects. The scope and scale of the projects vary from vehicle acquisitions, retrofits, modifications, reverse engineering of obsolete components, evaluating vehicle performance, to working alongside IT to develop and deploy cutting-edge rail vehicle technology.
- Provide technical services in support of TriMet's Vehicle Engineering Department. This includes work related to the design, construction, maintenance and operations of rail vehicles including their electrical and mechanical systems and components.
- Review product and vehicle design submittals. Evaluate material selection for compliance with contract requirements and TriMet criteria. Prepare prescriptive comments for remedial action by others. Any design work will be performed under the supervision of a Professional Engineer, licensed in the State of Oregon.
- Assist in the preparation of procurement documents for rail vehicles, system installations and equipment.
- Monitor contractor performance and contractor provided installations and equipment on rail vehicles. Monitor and document daily progress and report on quality of work. Lead or assist with contract administration for management of projects.
- Witness, perform and document testing of various rail vehicle system installations and equipment. Troubleshoot problems that occur during testing.
- Assist in the design, installation, and testing of changes to existing rail vehicle system installations and equipment.
- Assist in documenting safety certification of rail vehicle system installations and equipment.
- Prepare engineering analyses, write technical reports, and make recommendations, as assigned.
- Maintain engineering records and project technical files.
- Evaluate the electrical, mechanical and electronic design of rail and bus vehicles to determine performance, reliability and maintainability.
- Evaluate test equipment and electrical, mechanical, and electronic control systems for rail vehicles to determine performance, reliability and maintainability.
Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.
A minimum of four (4) years total credited experience.* Four (4) years as a competent, practicing project manager or engineer and two (2) years of experience in an area directly applicable to passenger rail vehicle and/or systems engineering or transportation projects.
Registration from the State of Oregon as a Professional Engineer (or ability to obtain within 6-months) and/or certification as a PMP is highly desired.
Transportation, light rail or bus transit experience. Experience in large scale projects/programs.
Or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
*The amount of credit a candidate receives for prior years of experience is based on the relevancy of that experience to the required or preferred prerequisites of the job description. Experience is prorated based on hours worked. LRHR assigns and validates the "credited experience".
Type of Position / Grade / FLSA:
Grade 14, Exempt, Non-Union, Full-Time
Selection Process – Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of: 1. Application Review/ Please Include: Cover Letter and Resume 2. Panel Interviews 3. Reference Check
*Relocation may be available
Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.
Internal applicants: Information in your personnel file will not be used in lieu of information requested on your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans' preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.
If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays' notice prior to the need for accommodation.
TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.
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