Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

Current Job Opportunities

 Job Information 
  Job Title: #1006 Project Designer-New Rail Vehicles or #1015 Project Engineer *
  Category: Professional/Management
  Career Center: External
  City/Town: Philadelphia
  Location: Transportation Group
  Type of Assignment: Permanent
  Position Type: Full Time
  Start Date: 3/11/2019
  End Date: 3/17/2019

 Additional Information 
  Years of Work Experience: 11

 Job Description 
Opening Date:03/11/19 Closing Date:03/17/19

We are currently recruiting for a Project Designer within our New Rail Vehicles Department. This position is based at SEPTA headquarters in Center City, Philadelphia but also requires extensive national and international travel. Salary range: $60,684 - $75,842.

Please Note: For this role, extensive national and international travel up to 50% is required.


This position is responsible for undertaking engineering/quality assurance assignments
that are considered to be of "moderate complexity" in size and scope. This position is further responsible to provide technical support and direction for engineering/quality
assurance activities including the definition and coordination for design review and implementation, establishing inspection plans, program/project development and consulting, statistical methods, audits, and continuous improvement approaches
to ensure activities are consistent with SEPTA mission values and goals.


1. Consult with managerial level as necessary in project/program definition.

2. Perform as auditor for in plant audits of overhaul shops and suppliers of material and vehicles to assure compliance to SEPTA requirements. Participate in compiling and summarizing audit findings and recommendations for presentation to responsible manager/supervisor.

3. Assist in the generation of engineering specifications for procurement of vehicles, major vehicular systems, and components thereof in suitable detail for procurement. This effort includes assistance in the preparation of Request for Proposals, management of consultant contracts, and coordination of design concepts and reviews with Operations departments.

4. Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of vehicle and material maintenance procedures. Apply findings to the improvement of quality, productivity, safety, and service reliability.

5. Develop and implement policies, procedures, practices, with monitoring and stimulating the improvement of vehicle and material quality to achieve the objective of increased system reliability. This effort includes providing input to the process of writing quality assurance manuals for vehicle overhauls and material suppliers.

6. Establish and maintain effective liaison with vehicle shops and material users throughout SEPTA and outside vendors/contractors. Such liaison shall provide for customer feedback and integration of such data into quality inspection activities. Define, implement, and document new or more effective quality assurance principals and procedures for assigned shops, material suppliers, or vehicle fleets.

7. Provide technical guidance to vehicle maintenance personnel upon request.

8. Generate cost analysis in justification of vehicular retrofit systems.

9. Generate written memoranda, technical reports, audits, etc. in a professional effective manner.

10. Participate in periodic review of drawings and specifications.

11. Perform other duties as assigned.


• High School Graduate and eleven (11) years appropriate experience in railway or transit maintenance/manufacturing.

• An equivalent combination of education and experience (i.e., two (2) years of related experience, equating to one (1) year of formal post high school education) may be considered in lieu of the above requirements.

• Extensive travel of up to 50% both nationally and internationally is required.

• NICET Certification would be considered as equivalent to two (2) years of education.

• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills required.

• Valid driver's license required.

**If an Engineer possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and four years of related experience, he/she will be considered eligible as under the equivalent language above. Additionally, he/she will be classified as a Project Engineer if determined to be the successful candidate.

SEPTA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.