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Rail Operations Analyst in San Bruno, CA , at Gannett Fleming

Date Posted: 8/4/2017

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Job Description

Throughout our 100 year history, Gannett Fleming has been an innovator and leader at a global level, providing world class services in engineering, consulting, design, program and construction management. With more than 60 offices worldwide, we are consistently ranked among the nation’s most prestigious engineering firms.

Our people are our secret to delivering excellence as promised! We have fostered a culture promoting progressive thinking to tackle complex engineering challenges --- transforming creative ideas into reality! We are committed to supporting your career goals by providing professional development and training, the opportunity to work with respected industry thought leaders, while at the same time encouraging a healthy work life balance.  Our benefits and perks are competitive because we want to see a smile on your face as we change the world together.

Since 1915, Gannett Fleming has played a major role in some of the most multifaceted and iconic engineering accomplishments in the world. Join us in our journey as we continue to provide thought provoking customized solutions to our clients, improving and sustaining communities for the next 100 years! 


Gannett Fleming is looking for an experienced Rail Operations Analyst in the Greater San Francisco area. The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting in-depth technical analyses of railroad operations, including computer-based rail simulation modeling, infrastructure planning (decision support), operating plan development and evaluation, rail rolling stock performance evaluation in simulation and signal block layout and control line design for light rail, heavy rail rapid transit, commuter rail, freight rail and mixed-use applications.

The Rail Operations Analyst participates in a variety of rail network analyses, studies, computer simulation model development or modification, and technical report generation addressing a wide range of operating, infrastructure and performance issues.  The analyst utilizes a variety of materials prepared by others such as engineered track and signal system designs; train schedules; technical data that concerns rolling stock characteristics; and approved railway Operating Rules together with technical direction and guidance from his or her supervisor or a Project Manager (or deputy PM) to perform various analytical tasks such as investigating, predicting and/or quantifying rail network capacity, on-time performance or operational reliability.  Similarly, the Rail Operations Analyst may be tasked with evaluating and predicting the effectiveness of proposed infrastructure improvements and/or making recommendations for same. The Rail Operations Analyst is expected to master one or more specialty software packages such as Rail Traffic Controller (RTC) which are of a technical nature and require detailed information about the railway network in order yield useful results.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting construction phasing analysis for rail construction projects
  • Developing operating plans for existing and proposed systems
  • Developing, modifying or revising computer simulation models of existing and proposed rail infrastructure
  • Preparing operations analysis reports 
  • Coordinating across other Transit and Rail disciplines to work on project assignments;
  • Assisiting in preparation of proposals 
  • Participating sin some aspects of task and project management 

Job Requirements

  • BA or BS degree in a technical discipline such as engineering, transportation planning, computer science, mathematics or similar field is required. A combination of experience and education may be considered to meet this requirement.
  • An understanding of and interest in rail operations and system optimization strategies, including 5 to 10 years of related experience in the rail or rail transit industry or allied services such as supplier or consultant or equivalent similar experience
  • Ability to accurately interpret engineering drawings prepared by others such as track horizontal alignment and vertical profile (or to rapidly acquire this skill on the job)
  • Proficiency in MS Excel [advanced] Word, and Access
  • Experience with computer simulation modeling desirable
  • Excellent organizational, technical writing and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with the railroad or rail transit operating environment and procedures is preferred, or will train.
  • Understanding of train control and/or traction power system functionality a plus.

Gannett Fleming is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer, including veterans and disability status.

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