Telecommunications Engineer 2

at Metra in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.
The Engineering Department is responsible for building and maintaining the majority of Metra's fixed assets, such as buildings, stations, bridges, track, electrical, telecommunications and signal systems. The Engineering Department also monitors the condition of and assists in building and maintaining the fixed assets on the freight lines where Metra trains operate. The Engineering Department is divided into two major groups: Capital Projects, and Telecommunications and Maintenance.
Reporting directly to the Manager, Telecommunications Design, the Telecommunications Engineer II will provide recommendations, design requirements, and specifications for Communications and related Electronic equipment used throughout Metra.
Provide project management for "in-house" engineering projects and is the Metra representative for "Turn-Key" projects.
Technical liaison to communications carriers (such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast).
Research new technologies, provide cost estimates and forecast future Communication needs. Conduct field surveys, evaluate system performance, and assist in system design upgrades. Responsible for QMP for Communication related projects.
Initiate and maintain current FCC licenses.
Responsible for the safety objectives, goals, and program of the organization ensuring compliance with applicable safety rules and regulations.
Works under both inside and outside environmental conditions under prevailing conditions of heat, cold, rain, and snow.
This position is subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.
Final salary will be determined in part by the qualifications of the selected candidate.
Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.

1. Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or Electronic Engineering Technology OR in lieu of specified degree, any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in the telecommunications field.
2. In addition to #1, must have five (5) years of telecommunications experience.
3. Must have coursework or experience in analog circuits, digital circuits, integrated circuits, switching power supplies, computer networking, modulation and detection theory, and antennas and propagation.
4. Specific knowledge in telecommunication systems including On-train, Portable, and vehicular two-way radios, private branch exchange telephone networks, OC-3 fiber optic and Microwave systems, On-train, Platform, and Terminal Public Address systems, Alarm and Card Access systems, GPS tracking, Video Surveillance systems, Dynamic Sign systems, Train Dispatching and Police Dispatching Communication System, Facsimile Machines, Radio Towers, Computer Networking, Emergency Generators, DC Battery Plants, Ticket Vending Machines, and Information Systems Inside and Outside Plants.
5. Must be proficient in:
Microsoft Windows, MS Office Suite. Familiarity with Linux OS and MacOS preferred.
the use of telecommunication test equipment, hand tools, and other communication devices.
6. Excellent verbal and written skills.
7. Must possess and maintain a current driver's license and be willing to travel within Metra's 6-county region.
8. Railroad Workplace Safety (49 CFR 214.301) qualified or able to obtain within sixty (60) days of hire.
1. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license preferred.
2. Manufacturer specific Certification courses a plus. Manufacturers include (but not limited to):
HP / HPE / Aruba
Please note: Regardless of any state laws that legalize marijuana, Metra prohibits applicants and employees' use or possession of marijuana (or marijuana paraphernalia), or having detectable amounts of marijuana in their bodies, including synthetic and/or non-synthetic substances such as THC for any reason for pre-employment screening purposes, while on duty, subject to duty, on Metra... For full info follow application link.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.        

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Job Posting: 11696370

Posted On: Feb 22, 2024

Updated On: Mar 08, 2024

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