Traction Power Engineer

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Date: Sep 26, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 86658 

Job Category: Infrastructure; Consulting; Engineering; Project Engineering; Project Management 

Location: Chicago, IL, United States 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.


Our expertise in infrastructure includes aviation, highways and bridges, planning and advisory services, ports, rail and transit, tunnels, and water. Want to be part of the creation and construction of our cities? Then the infrastructure team is for you!


Looking to take the next step in your career?


Hatch is currently seeking a highly motivated Traction Power Engineer to join our North American Infrastructure group in our Rail Systems team in the Chicago, IL area.


In this role the ideal candidate is a results-driven engineering professional with excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work well in a team environment.  Candidates must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills, have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines and maintaining a high level of quality, as well as the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Design traction power substations, feeder and equipment sizing, site plans, duct bank and conduit layouts, grounding systems, and auxiliary power supply systems and control circuits
  • Coordinate with other engineers for systems integration and design
  • Perform load flow simulations and prepare reports
  • Develop documents including specifications, drawings and cost estimates
  • Review project submittals and requests for information from contractors
  • Provide installation, testing and commissioning support to clients
  • Management of traction power projects


You bring to the role:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • 5 to 15 years of experience with dc traction power systems design, including the design of 600 to 1500 Volt dc rail transit traction power substations, ac and dc switchgear, transformers, rectifiers, and controls
  • Working knowledge of NFPA 70 is required and thorough understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and local codes
  • Professional engineer’s license or engineer-in-training certificate is an advantage
  • Experience with the North American transit/transportation industry is highly desirable. Relevant experience may be considered as a substitute for degree requirements


The following skills/experience are a plus:

  • Load flow simulation software
  • Knowledge of power systems analysis
  • Experience in factory testing, field testing and commissioning of traction power equipment
  • Experience in protective relaying
  • Experience in medium voltage switchgear application-design and specification
  • Knowledge of railway overhead catenary/third rail distribution systems
  • Project management experience


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


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