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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.
Under the administrative direction of the Chief Train Control and Communications Division, you will serve as the program manager for Grade Crossing Protection and Trespass Prevention, Communication, and Train Control technologies. The Research and Development program deals with reliability and system safety issues for freight, commuter, intercity passenger, and high-speed passenger railroads. The employee conceives, initiates the development of new technology, and identifies the most fruitful approaches for implementation in these program areas and also in aspects of positive train control and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Work assignments at the lower grades are designed to introduce the employee to the full range of duties and responsibilities required at the full performance level.
The ideal candidate for this position has experience in program and project management, provide technical guidance in matters concerning the implementation of a comprehensive research and development program related to signaling, train control, and communication design, testing, and implementation.
The salary for the duty locations are as follows:
- GS-12 $69,477-$90,344
- GS-13 $82,642-$107,434
- GS-14 $97,657-$126,949
PLEASE NOTE: There is only one position, which can be filled in either of the duty locations advertised. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/oca/13tables/
- GS-12 $75,621-$98,305
- GS-13 $89,924-$116,901
- GS-14 $106,263-$138,136
At the full performance level, the General Engineer:
- Conceives, formulates, proposes, and plans advanced engineering studies including extensive research, development, demonstration, test, and evaluation programs. These programs and projects address the development of new and advanced train control systems using state-of-the-art technology in train tracking, wireless communication, computer networking and microprocessor processing and control.
- Conducts, manages, and/or directs R&D investigations covering theoretical design of analysis methods and procedures for testing and demonstrations of the various train control systems with different configurations and their sub-components.
- Provides technical management of R&D projects including work at the Transportation Technology Center, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, other Government organizations and laboratories, contractor facilities and various universities.
- Selects and prioritizes research program elements within available resources as defined by the Division Chief and the Office Director, and makes technical decisions to ensure that overall program and project scope, objectives, and requirements are met.
- Conducts detailed technical reviews of reports and literature from contractors, Government agencies, and other research organizations, both domestic and foreign, and maintains cognizance over new developments and requirements.
- Occasional Travel
- Travel requirement is %10 or less.