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. 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 assigned to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Office of the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer (Associate Administrator), Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Signal and Train Control (S&TC) Division Staff. You will address the regional oversight of the design and implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems that are occurring within the S&TC discipline of railroad safety. Under the direction of the PTC Group Chief, you will provide advice and guidance within FRA, other agencies, industry signal engineering officials, manufacturers of signal equipment, and labor organizations on the requirements of Federal rules and regulations in this area of expertise.

This position is ideal for a mid-career professional who has experience in the design, construction, maintenance, testing, and use of railroad signal and train control systems in general, and PTC systems in particular.

PLEASE NOTE: There is only one position being filled. You must identify the location(s) for which you wish to be considered. This is a mobile work position, meaning the work requires the selectee to travel off site the majority of the time and use the selectee's home as his or her duty location. The Agency has determined that this duty location must be in the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of any of the listed cities.

This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must reside (or be willing to move at his/her own expense) within the geographic area(s) of the duty location(s) stated above. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site.  Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.
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The Railroad Safety Specialist (Signal & Train Control):

  • Serves as regional PTC specialist and test monitor for the development and implementation of PTC systems includes both laboratory and field testing of PTC systems presently under development and test as well as future systems. Monitors the testing of PTC projects and reviews and provides recommendations on PTC systems as they are developed.
  • Provides written reports of the status of PTC projects to the PTC Group Chief, S&TC Staff Director and other members of the team working on individual projects for appropriate handling and attend review meetings associated with the individual PTC projects and to provide written reports of these meetings.
  • Provides information and advice to the PTC Senior Test Monitors, the PTC Group Chief, the S&TC Staff Director, and the Senior Technical Staff of the Associate Administrator, related to PTC system development and test results, and provides the railroads and system developers with technical advice on any problems found during testing.
  • Provides advice on regulations pertaining to PTC performance standards and provides advice on issues involving the rules, standards, and instructions pertaining to these systems.
  • Provides technical advice to the railroads and helps assure that the applicable Federal regulations are adhered to and that safety principles are appropriately applied to these projects and programs.