Program Manager III, Maintenance of Way & Bridges

Job Summary

This position is responsible for oversight of Capital Metro’s rail maintenance of way infrastructure and bridge maintenance programs maintained by the service provider.

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Essential Duties and responsibilities

Note: The duties and primary responsibilities below are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this job and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. 

  • Oversee all contractual obligations from the service provider for commuter rail operations and maintenance contract for Capital Metro’s track infrastructure and bridges to ensure a safe, reliable, and cost-effective commuter rail service.
  • Oversee all lease obligations from the Lessee for freight rail operations and maintenance lease for Capital Metro’s track infrastructure and bridges to ensure a safe, reliable, and cost-effective freight rail service.
  • Manage service provider contract related to scheduled track, rail maintenance program with other departments to ensure the viability of the tracks, bridges, and other structures.
  • Coordinate with Capital Projects project manager to ensure rail track, bridges and maintenance of way project are completed within the perimeters and/ assist in providing technical direction to the scope of projects, provide technical expertise on bridge projects and inspections.
  • Provide regular and periodical field inspections for rail infrastructure and bridges in Commuter and freight corridors.
  • Provide quality assurance and quality control over track and bridge inspections.
  • Manage “employee in charge” schedule for all right of way projects.
  • Monitor and enforce Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) compliance along with company policies, rules, and standards.
  • Work in partnership with local, county and state, and federal agencies on railroad issues and provide information for future track improvements.
  • Oversee third party work being performed on Capital Metro property.
  • Establish track maintenance budgets based on historical data and operational requirements.  Control and manage costs to stay within budget limits.
  • Represent Capital Metro to the community, government entities, vendors, and contractors.
  • Plan and provide project recommendations for future track and bridge improvements.
  • Manage and maintain documentation for Capital Metro’s Bridge Safety Management Program.
  • Provide technical, cost and schedule justification for all contract changes.
  • Work with all Capital Metro departments, service providers, City of Austin, to ensure the safe operations of rail is included in every plan that impacts Capital Metro service.
  • Support Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Safety Management Systems (SMS) process by following safety and security policies, considering safety in every action and reporting safety and security concerns.
  • Perform other duties as required and/or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and FRA rules and regulations pertaining to track and bridge maintenance.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of railroad operations, maintenance, and project management.
  • Knowledge of American Railway Engineering Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) and FRA regulations pertaining to track and bridge inspection and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of track and bridge design and maintenance principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of documentation control.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with employees, senior management, regulatory authorities, and the public.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to communicate effectively and sensitively with all levels of supervisory and non-supervisory employees, a politically, economically, and culturally diverse work force.
  • Ability to effectively work as a team player.
  • Demonstrated ability as a self-starter, responsive to organizational needs, committed to excellence and continual employee development.
  • Ability to conduct FRA based track, bridge, switch, roadbed, and crossing inspections.
  • Ability to investigate derailments.

Required Education

  • Bachelors’ degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Construction management, Construction or related field. Related experience may be substituted for up to four (4) years.
  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible rail infrastructure and bridge maintenance experience in commuter and freight rail systems.
  • Three (3) years directing maintenance/construction staff or providing contract oversight for rail track and bridge maintenance operation functions.

How to Apply

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Capital Metro is deeply committed to building a workplace where inclusion is not only valued but prioritized. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a welcoming and diverse environment. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws. Capital Metro makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and organization needs at the time.