Student - Rail Systems Co-op

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Date: Jul 3, 2024

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 92509 

Job Category: Campus 

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, 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!


Hatch is seeking Co-op Students who have completed their freshmen or sophomore year in electrical engineering to enter a unique Rail Systems internship program.  This program is designed as a pre-employment screening program in which you will both take advantage of an extensive rail systems training program and be given work experience across the diverse fields of rail systems and assurance.  Upon successful completion of the program, candidates can expect to receive offers of employment at Hatch.


This would be a 12-month co-op program over the course of three mutually agreed upon semesters. Ideally candidates would start their first co-op semester in Fall 2024 – however, those who are qualified but cannot start until Spring or Summer 2025 are still encouraged to apply.


What a Co-op at Hatch Will Offer You:

You will:

  • Be given a full introductory training program in rail systems and assurance (unique in North America) along with field trips and laboratory exercises;
  • Be given opportunities to contribute to complex projects in meaningful ways;
  • Work on problems and gain experience in the office and on project sites;
  • Collaborate with diverse teams locally and globally;
  • Work in an exciting environment where you can apply and expand your academic learning on a daily basis;
  • Benefit from mentorship from some of the leading minds and authorities in the industry;
  • Participate in local lunch & learns and other seminars, Student Showcase, Sustainability Week, Toastmasters, and more to develop your skills;
  • Join in charitable, social, and sports activities with other Hatch employees.


We’re entrepreneurs with a technical soul. Our flat organizational structure creates an atmosphere of openness and participation. We build practical solutions that are safe, innovative, and sustainable. Our ultimate goal is to achieve no harm for our people, our clients, and our communities.


As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Perform assignments requiring application of standard techniques, procedures and criteria to carry out tasks for projects in the field of Rail and Transit systems covering: signaling, traction power, communications (Radio, Fiber optics, CCTV, Intercom, Public Announcement), SCADA, Rail Track, Safety Systems Assurance, Systems Integration, and Systems Engineering; 
  • Assist with technical design reviews and calculations checks;
  • Coordination with other technicians and related disciplines to produce design deliverables;
  • Assist in the design of power distribution systems;
  • Assistance of senior engineers and designers as and when needed;
  • Contribute to overall needs for project completion;
  • Improve technical communication and report writing skills.


You bring to the role:

  • Your enrollment in Electrical Engineering co-op program from an accredited university;
  • Good academic standing;
  • Interest in rail and transit design as a career;
  • Basic knowledge of AutoCAD, Civil 3D and MicroStation;
  • Extracurricular involvement;
  • Knowledge of or experience in a consultancy environment undertaking infrastructure projects;
  • Ability to work in a team environment with multidisciplinary interaction;
  • Attributes of a young professional, including proficiency working in teams;
  • Passion for learning, challenges and your field of study;
  • Relationship building and community orientation;
  • A thirst for problem solving, innovation, safety and quality.


Competencies (knowledge, skill, attributes):

  • Good understanding of Engineering and business fundamentals as they apply to Engineering problems and projects;
  • Ability to learn quickly and to take on new challenges;
  • Collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Shows critical and creative thinking and problem solving, and brings forward solutions for our clients' toughest challenges;
  • Highly motivated, with a positive attitude and an ability to understand innovation;
  • Adapts and embraces change.


Requirements for all sectors:

  • To live our manifesto. Our vision and values that set us apart from our competition, put our planet first, and make each day a step toward positive change. Read more here: Hatch Manifesto
  • Perform assignments related to your sector
  • Assist with preparation of detailed design for projects
  • Support preparation of drawings from detailed notes and specifications
  • Coordination with other technicians/engineers on projects
  • Provide support to Senior Engineers and Designers as and when needed


What we offer:

  • Ability to apply your skills to challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects, while working alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people
  • An exciting work environment in a constantly evolving industry
  • The opportunity to receive excellent mentorship from industry experts
  • Challenging career with countless opportunities
  • Stability and consistency – you are joining the Hatch team and family to grow your career in a way that suites you best
  • Expected growth at Hatch:
    • You will be able learn about the different sectors, processes, people and culture that drives our business
    • You will learn from others and develop relationships with your managers, colleagues, etc.
    • Growth in our communities locally, but also thinking globally
  • Company gatherings, happy hours, social interaction to build strong work relationships.
  • Regional networking
  • Young Professional Groups (YP)

All applicants must submit a copy of their transcript (official or unofficial) with their application


Compensation range depends on education, major, experience (overall), and interview skills.  For ideal candidates, the compensation range can be $25-$28 hourly. Please feel free to contact us for information on additional compensation and programs.


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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