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Recruitment #24-001859-0002


f you are looking for an exciting career with great benefits, pension, generous leave, competitive salary, and the opportunity for advancement and professional growth, apply to join the DLI team today! The Division of Labor and Industry (DLI) is seeking dedicated candidates to fill important roles within our Safety Inspection Unit.

As a member of the DLI team, you can have a fulfilling career, while also enjoying a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e. vacation, sick leave), becoming vested in the State pension, supplemental retirement options, and even joining the Maryland State Employees Credit Union.





10946 Golden West Drive, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Main Purpose of Job

Performs regulatory inspections and monitors all railroad carriers within the State of Maryland to reduce railroad related accidents, injury, death, and property damage. This position enforces regulations under current Railroad Safety and Health Annotated Codes of Maryland COMAR 09.12.91 and current CFR Codes issued by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).


Conducts scheduled and unscheduled inspections and re-inspections of interstate and intrastate railroad carriers, private industries, excursion railroads (i.e. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, B&O Railroad Museum) and performs Motive, Power & Equipment inspections (MP&E) for the purpose of enforcing and promoting compliance with State and Federal Regulations. Issues condition reports, and civil penalties (if warranted) notifying railroad carriers, private industries and appropriate regulatory agencies of railroad safety standards, deficiencies and violations while advising them if the need for remedial actions are necessary. Meet with the Chief Inspector, rail carrier employees, labor organizations and State and Federal regulatory agencies to discuss and recommend possible solutions to assure compliance. Overnight stay and travel as required.

Investigates railroad accidents/incidents in order to determine if their probable cause was due to MP&E related failure. Prepares detailed narrative reports to document the findings of investigations and related inspections. Issues condition reports, and civil penalties (if warranted). Overnight stay and travel as required.

Attend State of Maryland and FRA conferences and training courses to remain cognizant of changes in State of Maryland Federal regulations to ensure uniform and accurate application and enforcement. Stays current with standard and modern technology of rail equipment. Overnight stay and travel is required.

Process and submit State and Federal inspection reports, daily reports, MD Time and travel vouchers. Performs other RS&H duties as assigned.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: One year of experience performing railroad safety or regulation compliance inspections related to track, motive power and equipment, operating practices or signal and train control.

Note: These requirements are determined by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in accordance with FRA requirements for admission to the federal training program which leads to certification as a Railroad Safety Inspector.


Applications must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

Experience in the railroad industry, including economic and operating considerations, equipment, and general safety practices.

Experience with railroad accident investigation techniques including report writing experience. 

Experience with Motive, Power, & Equipment (MP&E) maintenance, testing, or inspection techniques. 

Experience enforcing Federal railroad Motive, Power, & Equipment (MP&E) safety standards.


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Employees in this classification will be required to obtain federal certification as a Railroad Safety Inspector within 1 year of employment. Information concerning requirements can be obtained from the Railroad Safety and Health Program, Division of Labor and Industry, Department of Labor, 1100 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.


1. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in on a 24 hours a day basis and will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

All candidates are subject to a background check against files maintained by the Division of Unemployment Insurance (Labor/DUI) to determine whether any monies are owed to Labor/DUI as a result of unemployment insurance overpayment/fraud. Any unpaid debt may have an impact on whether or not a candidate is offered employment.


Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. *Resumes are not acceptable and not considered in the selection process*

All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered. Applications that meet minimum and/or selective qualifications will be referred to the hiring unit for interview selection. Units will select those candidates most closely demonstrating the qualifications for interview.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

***Please note that your answers on the supplemental questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your application to receive credit.



U.S. Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification. Any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing a U.S. Military form DD 214 verifying honorable discharge from service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Permanent State employees do not need to submit proof of Veterans’ status. 

If you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, You may  submit via email to  Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:

MDOL Office of Human Resources
Attn: Railroad Inspector I (#24-001859-0002)BF
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Rm. 100
Baltimore, MD 21201

The MD State Application Form can be found online

Maryland Department of Labor is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of MDOL that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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