Supervise the research Program Managers within the Track Research Division in conceiving, initiating, and managing RD&T projects in support of track safety assurance.
Work with research Program Managers and the Office Director to establish a comprehensive track research project portfolio addressing critical safety needs to maximize the benefits received from the expenditure of limited resources.
Facilitate cooperative efforts with other Government agencies, the railroad industry (including management and labor organizations), universities, other private research, development and technology organizations and with other divisions within the FRA.
Develop, initiate, and manage the conduct of research programs involving track structures and components, rail integrity, vehicle and track performance, track/vehicle interaction safety and the operation of FRA’s assets, including the Transportation Technology Center.
Advise the Office Director and Associate Administrator concerning the adoption or modification of FRA policies, objectives, and regulatory proposals based upon analyses of research results, industry practices and procedures, new technologies and systems, and accident casual factors.
The ideal candidate for this position has experience supervising a staff of program managers and with program/project management; is a subject matter expert in railroad track safety research and development, testing and evaluation; is an experienced professional who is comfortable in a fast-paced work
All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:
A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR
B. Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.
The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE). 2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above. 4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration. To qualify for the GS-15, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:
Experience conducting varied types of technical analyses that involve any of the following: railroad operation, railroad safety processes and procedures, track structures and components, rail integrity, vehicle and track performance, and vehicle/track interaction safety.
Experience leading or participating in industry and/or government teams addressing railroad-related issues.
Experience supervising program managers in conceiving, initiating, and managing research & development projects in support of the safety assurance of track structures and components, vehicle and track performance and vehicle/track interaction, and maintaining rail integrity.
Experience in program management (i.e., making decisions utilizing research program output such as progress reports, and technical results).
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Internal Number: FRA.RPD-2020-0012
About Federal Railroad Admininstration
The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people
and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates
government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts
research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation
policy, including improved intercity passenger service.