Engineer, Senior Engineer, Principal Eng...
Metropolitan Council - Minneapolis, MN

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Recruitment Type: The following position is open to internal and external applicants. One vacancy currently exists. The successful applicant will be offered employment in one of the three engineer classifications depending upon their education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.
Overview: Metro Transit, a division of Metropolitan Council, is the public transportation provider for the Twin Cities, offering an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains as well as resources for those who carpool, van pool, walk or bike. It is working to add a light-rail link between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul as well as developing enhanced express bus service throughout the region.

Metro Transit's Engineering Department is responsible for the development and construction of Metro Transit's public and support facilities. In the public facility area, they plan, design, and construct improvements to the rail and bus network including, for example, bus and rail stations, maintenance facilities, park and rides, and other passenger facilities. Engineering and Facilities has built and maintains over 2 million square feet of office and industrial space.
Engineers within Transit's Engineering and Facilities group oversee a capital budget program of $50-$80 million dollars annually and lead the effort to develop, design, and construct transit infrastructure and systems. The current position requires a diverse facility engineering/project management background. Preferred candidate will have an interdisciplinary background related to rail projects.

Examples of Duties:

Engineer, Non-Exempt, Non-Represented Grade F - $52,185- $77,879
General Position Summary: Manages the development of Transit Facilities of moderate technical complexity. Assist project managers in the development and implementation of capital improvement projects. Also, assist senior staff in managing the design and construction of support and public facility projects.

Senior Engineer, Exempt, Non-Represented Grade H - $60,990- $91,020
General Position Summary: To perform professional engineering responsibilities in the planning, design and implementation of capital improvement projects. The Senior Engineer will contribute as project engineer and project team member on projects that vary in size and complexity and may manage several projects concurrently. Responsibilities include developing project plans required to implement assigned capital operations projects, developing budgets and project schedules, coordinating projects with regulatory agencies, managing consultants in the preparation of designs and other duties as assigned or apparent. Receive occasional assistance from principal engineers in the performance of duties.

Principal Engineer, Exempt, Non-Represented Grade I - $65,936- $98,400
General Position Summary: To perform professional engineering responsibilities in the planning, design and implementation of complex capital improvement projects. The Principal Engineer performs all duties inherent in the planning and execution of assigned projects from an owner’s or government agency’s perspective. Develops project execution plans, confirms funding, administers and controls design, construction and start up of completed facilities/systems. Recommends approaches to matters of policy, precedent, and substantial public impact to management. At times provides internal consultation in specialized field and assists in the review of consultant prepared designs (drawings and specifications), and monitors projects during installation/construction and commissioning phases.



Engineer - Bachelor degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, or related discipline); and registered as an EIT (Engineer in Training).

Senior Engineer - Bachelor degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or related discipline); five (5) years of experience in project management of capital facility projects; and experience in the design and construction of engineering projects for industry or municipalities.
Principal Engineer - Bachelor degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or related discipline); eight (8) years of experience in project management of capital facility projects; and experience in the design and construction of engineering projects for industry or municipalities.

Desired Experience:
  • Experience in the design and construction of one or more of the following:
    • Rail Transit Facilities Experience including: Operations and Maintenance Facilities, Track Infrastructure, and Rail Stations.
    • Systems Experience including: Catenary Power Systems, Rail Signal Systems, Radio communications networks, Data and video systems, Audio networks, SCADA systems, and Intelligent Transportation systems (ITS); such as, Traffic Signal Priority and Variable Message Systems.
  • Experience in project management and coordination of multiple disciplines.
  • Experience and technical knowledge in the preparation of plans and specifications.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate meetings.

Licensure Requirement:
  • Senior and Principal Engineer levels must have a Professional Engineer (PE) License in the State of Minnesota. PE licenses from other states must be transferable to Minnesota within the probationary period (six (6) months from hire).
  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record required for all levels.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of project management methods/techniques
  • Knowledge of engineering theories and principles of design and construction
  • Verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Project management skills, including developing effective project teams, problem solving, scheduling, budgeting, cost estimating and contract administration
  • Ability to interpret and apply advanced mathematical and quantitative methods and procedures typically acquired through advanced professional training
  • Ability to provide basic client services to interagency stakeholders, the public and other agencies
  • Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft word, excel, email and various database programs, and project tracking software packages. Computer applications related to the work, including basic GIS and Auto CAD concepts and applications.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of customers or clients.

Supplemental Information:

Safety Sensitive: No

Work Environment:
The majority of the work is performed in a standard office setting. Some duties may require work to be performed at off-site work locations (e.g., filed inspections) where the person may be exposed to moving parts, fumes, loud noise, airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions and vibration. Confined space entry at industry and various facilities is required.

Selection Process:
Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration based on the results of the following assessment process:
  • Education/Experience and Supplemental Questions Rating
  • Structured Oral Exam Interview
Note: Not all applicants who meet minimum qualifications will necessarily be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Applicants should be sure to list completely all their training and experience in their application materials and answer the supplemental questions.

Conditional Offers:
All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a pre-employment drug screen. Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis. Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate's ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612-349-7558.

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