Signal and Train Control Engineer

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Date: Sep 16, 2023

Location: Los Angeles, CA, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 88122 

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

Location: Los Angeles, CA, 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!


Signal and Train Control Engineer
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Other Acceptable Locations: Rochester, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; Ambler, PA


Hatch is seeking experienced Signal and Train Control engineers in several offices across the US. The ideal candidates should have 5 or more years of relevant experience including design, installation, signal system testing, and operation and maintenance of railroad and/or rail transit signal systems.  Desirable design experience includes signal and train control systems, block design, Automatic Train Control, PTC, microprocessor and relay-based interlockings, and highway crossing warning systems. Candidates must be skilled in the preparation of contract drawings, specifications, cost estimating, field verification, inspection and testing (FRA & Transit).  Project Management experience and a Professional Engineer license are a plus.

We are seeking 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, 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. Working background with DC Coded Track Circuits, AF Track Circuits, Crossing Predictors, MicroLok(R) and VPI/ iVPI(R) Vital/Non-Vital Interlocking Processors preferred. SATS or Vital-Sim simulation experience is an advantage. 
Responsibilities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare signal system-related drawings (Route and Aspect, Track and Signal, Typical Circuits, etc.)
  • Develop detailed designs for signaling and grade crossing systems, including circuits and application logic
  • Perform block designs based on train performance criteria, product specifications, and train schedule headway and run time analysis
  • Review design documentation on behalf of the railroad, ensuring design compliance with contract requirements, standards, and best practices
  • Perform field inspections, report drafting and signal testing assistance.  Oversee factory and field testing of signal equipment
  • Develop specifications, technical requirements, cost and material estimates
  • Plan, oversee, and manage signal work performed by a contractor or supplier
  • Work with clients and incorporate their signal requirements into Contract Documents


Skills and Attributes:

  • Ability to read circuit diagrams, relay logic, and Boolean/software logic programs
  • Familiarity with railroad engineering drawings, such as track plans, control lines, and cable plans and general civil engineering information
  • Fluency with basic computer applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and PDF tools.  Experience with CAD tools such as MicroStation or Autocad is a plus
  • Robust technical and critical thinking skills
  • Experience with project management, including estimating, work planning, and schedule evaluation beneficial
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to work as part of a distributed team
  • Able to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Experience with Block Design, PTC, and/or CBTC is highly desirable



  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or related field of study
  • 5+ years of experience in design, commissioning, or operation and maintenance of rail signal systems
  • Experience with diverse types of signal systems is desirable
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license or Engineer-in-Training (EIT) preferred



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, veteran, 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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