Job Overview


The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service. 

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.
This position is located in the Signal and Train Control (S&TC) Division, Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Office of Railroad Safety, Federal Railroad Administration.  You will serve as a nationally recognized expert and consultant on the design, construction, maintenance, testing, and use of railroad signal and train control systems with responsibility for assuring the safety quality of existing installations nationwide are in compliance with Federal requirements.    
The ideal candidate is professional with extensive experience with Signal and Train control systems, highway-rail grade crossing systems, and positive train control systems. They should have experience applying their knowledge of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering, including high voltage power transmission systems and cathode protection systems.  They should have strong communication skills, and have the ability to foster relationships with organizations.

This position is telework eligible and the selectee may be eligible for full-time, regular (at least 1 day per pay period, ad hoc (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) or emergency telework in accordance with FRA’s Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans.


 The Railroad Safety Specialist (S &TC):

  • Provides expert advice to all segments of the agency, other agencies, industry signal engineering, officials, manufacturers of signal equipment, and labor organizations on the requirements of Federal rules and regulations.  Provides backup or assistance in a similar fashion as described below but which is related to highway-rail grade crossing, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.
  • Participates in the development of standards primarily associated with highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, and assists in similar fashion for standards related to automatic block signal systems; interlockings; traffic control systems; automatic train stop; train control and cab signal systems; positive train control systems; other signal arrangements; and other similar systems, methods or devices.
  • Communicates with high-level agency officials, railroad technical personnel, rail-labor representatives, and manufacture representatives on safety issues and concerns associated with the proper and intended functioning of highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.