TTCI is tasked with assisting the railroad industry in testing, designing, defining, modeling, and evaluating technologies related to Communications and Train Control (C&TC). Internship will support research related to current and next generation Positive Train Control (PTC) systems, braking algorithm, fiber optic acoustic detection, railroad wireless communications, radio technology performance, and/or other C&TC areas. These projects are all being funded by TTCI internal and external customers, including FRA, AAR, AAR member railroads, and commercial clients.
Assignments for this position may include supporting technology research and development activities, organization, manipulation and analysis of data, modeling and simulation, interpretation of modeling results, development of systems engineering documentation and other similar tasks, planning and conducting of laboratory and field testing, developing test requirements and test plans.
These projects are ongoing. The intern’s term can be for the summer only (end August, 2018) or if available, continue as part time through the fall (end December, 2018). This position is allocated for and is expected to consume 100% of the intern’s work hours during the summer.
Assist project engineers with
Basic engineering coursework and ability to apply logical and methodical approaches to solving engineering problems; exposure to projects involving development of practical solutions to unique open-ended problems; ability to aggregate and analyze large complex data sets from diverse sources and structures; experience with numerical data analysis software packages, particularly MATLAB; familiarity with relational databases and structured query language (SQL); familiarity with testing methods, data collection and data analysis techniques; familiarity with statistical analysis methods; experience with radio frequency systems and test equipment; demonstrable computer skills, including MS Office products; must be capable of working individually or with a team of engineers.
Familiarity with railroad operations, railroad signaling and train control systems and experience with PTC systems; experience working with large volumes of data in spreadsheets or databases; abilities in computer programming, computer-based analysis, computer-aided design, and computer-based modeling; proficient in testing methods, data collection and data analysis techniques and reporting; familiarity with cybersecurity concepts, practices, and tools; familiarity with wireless communication systems, particularly understanding of physical layer characteristics, channel access protocols, and communication protocols; laboratory or field experience with common instrumentation and test equipment uses and limitations; experience with reliability, availability and maintainability analysis concepts; experience with fiber optic technologies; experience with signal processing and pattern recognition concepts and techniques; experience in applying systems engineering techniques to develop system requirements and related documents; experience working with software or systems requirements tracing tools.