Transportation Rail Officer 2 - Mechanical/Capital Equipment

Rail Rolling Stock Program Manager

Recruitment #240207-8898FE-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Public Transportation is seeking a Rail Rolling Stock Program Manager in the Office of Rail Operations located at the CCO in New Haven.  This will be a Transportation Rail Officer 2.


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  • This position is in the Mechanical/Capital Equipment group in the Office of Rail Operations. This position requires working in a dynamic environment, including shop environments, oversight and management of large and small rolling stock fleet projects, and strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Monday - Friday
  • Full-time (40 hours per week)
  • First shift
  • Location:  New Haven, CT
  • Part-time telework MAY be approved after completion of initial working test period.
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. The Policy can be found at  Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.

The position is in the Office of Rail’s Mechanical/Capital Equipment Section and is accountable for the administration of large and small capital projects, including developing and implementing capital rail car and locomotive procurement programs, overhaul programs, and major and minor rolling stock upgrade programs. Support for these programs continues through the life of the project, starting with development of specifications and progressing through the award, design, build, commissioning, and warranty phases. The position is responsible for the Scope, Schedule, and Budget of the program throughout these phases. The position is also responsible for oversight and supervision of consultant firms hired for engineering and inspection services within the programs assigned. Additional responsibilities include analysis of needs and developing requirements to fulfill those needs; developing, interpreting, and coordinating contracts and agreements; reviewing and assuring compliance with Federal and State requirements; coordination with the various agencies and private service providers that operate public transportation services under contract with CTDOT.

Applicants must be available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary. A valid motor vehicle license is required.


Rail Rolling Stock Program Manager (Rail Officer 2)
  • Working level position developing and implementing capital rail car and locomotive procurement programs, overhaul programs, major and minor rolling stock upgrade programs.
  • Supporting these programs through various program phases from development, through design, build, acceptance and warranty.
  • Assigned a variety of tasks related to project management support.
  • Work activities may include:
    • Review of compliance with federal and state requirements, data collection, management and reporting, field inspection, technology innovation projects and coordination with the various agencies and private service providers that operate public transportation services under contract with CTDOT.
    • As part of a project management team, support various aspects toward the successful completion of rolling stock procurement and overhaul programs including scope, schedule and budget within the design, manufacturing, and warranty phases of the program
    • Developing detailed analyses on a variety of topics and presenting to Bureau, management, as well as any stakeholders.
    • Develop, interpret and coordinate contracts and agreements
  • Involved in overall program oversight including contract development and oversight of construction, operations, and maintenance activities, program invoicing, safety oversight, preparation of reports and assessing operations and planning.
The Bureau of Public Transportation maintains ownership, oversight, and responsibility for all public transportation services including but not limited to rail, bus, paratransit, and Connecticut River ferry services as well as associated vehicles, facilities, and other infrastructure. The Bureau of Public Transportation is also responsible for the following:
  • Develops the strategic vision for public transportation in consultation with key stakeholders.
  • Manages and monitors performance of various service providers and maintenance providers that operate inter-city and/or commuter rail services, fixed route bus services, express bus services, para-transit services, ridesharing programs, and other public transportation services.
  • Directs capital investment to maintain public transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair, provides regulation of taxi, livery, household good companies, intrastate private bus systems and rail freight operations pursuant to state statute.
Transportation Rail Officer 2
  • Candidates with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Technology or Project Management are preferred.
  • Experience in railroad equipment engineering, quality inspection, or mechanical maintenance/maintenance planning
  • Familiarity with CFRs
  • Familiarity with reliability and maintainability concepts

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Selection Plan

  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.

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In the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Public Transportation this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks involving rail transportation programs, projects and activities in one or more of the specialized areas of operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, capital projects, finance and administration.


  • Develops and/or implements programs, projects and activities for rail transportation involving operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, engineering, capital projects, property management, administration or finance relating to rail activities;
  • Prepares various documents which may include technical reports, train operating schedules, service contracts, service and non-service related agreements including leases, licenses and easements, equipment procurement, maintenance, cycles and equipment specifications, construction schedules, project contracts, force account agreements, construction methods, design functions, project budgets, material specifications, audit schedules, financial contracts, budgets and reviews, grant applications, quarterly reports and other administrative instruments;
  • Develops detailed analyses;
  • Reviews, interprets and coordinates contracts, agreements and/or Federal Railroad Administration regulations and Connecticut General Statutes with railroads and local, regional, State and Federal agencies;
  • Develops preparations for legislative, informational and public hearings;
  • May provide final review of reports, schedules, agreements, etc., in order to ensure completeness, accuracy and conformance with procedures and standards;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of railroad functions in operations, rail equipment, rail construction, rail maintenance, engineering, capital projects, finance or administration;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • analyze and recommend solutions to rail problems;
    • plan, organize, conduct and implement projects and reports;
    • understand, analyze and interpret agreements, rules, laws, and regulations;
    • utilize computer software.


Seven (7) years of experience in a professional or technical capacity in a railroad or railroad related organization.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have included responsibility for the planning and execution of large, complex rail transportation projects and/or programs.


College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


  • Possession of a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license
  • Possession of a technical or scientific degree such as: Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Engineering Technology, Program Management.
  • Experience:
    • History of program management of complex technical projects, large and/or small, or aspects thereof
    • Diagnosing and troubleshooting technical problems
    • Technical writing such as design specifications
    • Functional understanding of large diesel engines
    • Reading schematics
    • Analyzing and reviewing engineering reports, plans, specifications
    • Lifecycle maintenance, including predictive and preventive maintenance concepts
  • Experience working independently as well as in team settings.
  • Experience completing tasks with attention to detail.
  • Experience successfully prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
  • Experience with the principles and practices of transportation in planning, operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, schedules, capital projects, finance, or administration.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from railroad or construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.