Traction Power Engineer

Location: Sacramento, USA

Contract Types: Permanent

Closing Date: 29 June 2024

Salary: $130,000 - $150,000

Hours: Full time

Traction Power Engineer

Network Rail Consulting (NRC) is the international consultancy arm of Network Rail – the owner and operator of Britain’s mainline rail system.

Through our consulting services in the United States (US), we are assisting both public agencies and private clients in the transportation sector to accelerate transformation efforts, make step-changes in major program delivery, and achieve leaps forward in areas such as asset management and maintenance, and system integration.

Our work is driven forward by our values: passion, agility, collaboration, and impartiality.

The opportunity with NRC

We have already delivered several key advisory and infrastructure projects across the US and have consistently demonstrated exceptional value to our clients through deep integration with their teams, showing ourselves to be a true partner and peer.

Building on our continued success, we are looking for a rail professional to join our team as a Traction Power Engineer based in Sacramento.

Work as part of the integrated High-Speed Rail Systems Engineering project team & reporting into the Traction Power Lead you will provide technical specialist support for product specification, system design compliance and approval, construction, acceptance, maintenance and operation of traction power, high voltage utility connections (115/230Kv), grid scale Solar generation and Battery Energy Storage Systems, and all related interfaces. Also provide project and day to day contract management for all high voltage connection contracts with utility providers.

Key Accountabilities

You'll work as part of the integrated High-Speed Rail Systems Engineering project team to deliver a high-speed rail system which meets the business requirements established by the California High-Speed Rail Authority, while interpreting business requirements and develop performance requirements for the Rail Systems specification in compliance with statute, system design, national and international standards, and best industry practice.

  • Provide advice and guidance on development of new or modified high voltage systems or equipment for use on project infrastructure so that the systems specification remains at the forefront of industry in terms of safety, technology, and performance.
  • Provide support to the team and Traction Power Lead on  technical guidance and support to the product acceptance process for high voltage systems equipment and components.
  • Support & help review, as directed, the overall performance, safety and compatibility of project high voltage systems and provide structured feedback where required.
  • Contribute to the development of project requests for proposal (RFPs) and to the evaluation of proposals from contractors/subcontractors.
  • Provide support & help manage the HV connection contracts for feasibility, engineering and permitting, advanced procurement, design and build and engineering oversight, either directly or via management of a wider team.
  • Update Design Criteria Manual chapters for traction power and high voltage systems for incorporation into future contracts
  • Interface with right of way, environmental and other relevant high-speed rail departments to facilitate the HV connection contracts.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Relevant professional qualifications
  • Strong background in HV systems – ideally within a railway environment.
  • Plan and deliver appropriate systems to understand future demand, new technologies, and areas for improvement.
  • Manage third parties so that service levels are met.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, industry, and company standards.
  • Ability to work across a multidisciplinary team and establish relationships at all levels.
  • Relevant engineering management experience involving technical and business risk assessment.

For the right person, this role presents a fantastic opportunity to develop their career, joining an established and passionate team, with ambitious plans to grow.

We offer benefits such as:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Healthcare insurance premiums (100% paid for by us)
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • 401K with employer matching contributions
  • Flexible working opportunities


Sound interesting? Apply to this vacancy today and our Talent Acquisition team will review your application in due course.

NRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or veteran status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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