General Scope: Scientific associate for research and development projects in the field of railroad infrastructure and maintenance-of-way to be applied to track maintenance technologies and vice versa. Individual will represent the scientific perspective of Plasser American to universities and customers.
Research track maintenance requirements
Develop best practice methods for track maintenance
Apply existing technologies to track maintenance requirements
Assist engineering to design machinery able to perform required track maintenance requirements
Analyze track measuring data to determine maintenance requirements
Analyze track measuring data to determine root causes for track degradation
Represent PAC at conferences
Link to Universities
Write scientific research papers
Conduct internal and external training regarding track infrastructure and applied technologies
Scientific counterpart for customer
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
(The knowledge, skills and attributes required for satisfactory job performance)
Master’s degree or PhD in railroad related civil engineering, preferably with a minor in mechanical engineering.
Knowledge: Incumbent must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:
Skills: Incumbent must demonstrate or participate in internal/external training programs to obtain the following skills:
· Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
· Must possess a valid passport.
Frequent travel throughout the United States and Canada is required and occasional travel worldwide may be required.
· Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
· Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
· Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
· Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
· Must have a valid driver license and a good driving record.
· Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint
In 1957, the first Plasser & Theurer machine was delivered in the U.S. to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company. During the first few years, most machines supplied were used in the Eastern U.S., therefore the customer service center was located in New Jersey until 1960. In 1961, Plasser Railway Maintenance Corporation was founded in Rockford, Illinois, to support machines that were being del...ivered in the mid-west and western U.S. From 1968, with the introduction of the first machine in compact design, the sales volume rose dramatically. Compared with 115 machines sold during the first ten years, sales rose to 790 in the next ten years. During the mid-1960’s, our company was renamed Plasser American Corporation and in 1970, the plant was relocated to the East Coast in Chesapeake, Virginia. From a small operation with five employees in 1960, we are now more than 200 employees headquartered in a modern 150,000+ square foot facility. We are actively engaged in all sectors of research, design, production, marketing and customer service to provide Plasser know-how and standard of quality for our customers. Our capacity is not only sufficient to build all machines for the national market, but also to produce for export. The 09 DYNA-C.A.T. was developed as a combination switch/production tamping machine with dynamic track stabilization. The PTS 61 C was developed as a combination dynamic track stabilizer and catenary measuring system. Catenary maintenance and installation is performed efficiently with the Plasser MTW 100 Catenary Maintenance Vehicle and RT 10 Wire Reel Trailer. Our high capacity ballast cleaning machines provide customers properly drained ballast sections for longer track life and extended maintenance cycles. The APT 600 S Super- Stretch Welder, with an integrated pulling device for flash-butt rail welding, is ideally suited for North American track conditions. Spare parts service, technical support, contracting and training complete the program offered by Plasser American Corporation.
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