Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

Principal Investigator

Job Location US-CO-Pueblo
Posted Date 3 months ago(12/11/2017 2:51 PM)
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Principal Investigator responsible for project management, technical oversight and engineering support of research, testing, technology development and consulting projects funded by TTCI internal and external customers in the areas of railroad communications and train control.  Successful candidate will provide project management, as well as professional engineering and scientific services to TTCI internal and external customers as directed by the Resource Manager.


Project responsibilities will include application of engineering principles to operations- and train control-related railroad research initiatives, in particular as related to Positive Train Control (PTC) systems.  The Principal Investigator will be expected to provide support for projects related to development and analysis of enhancements to train control technologies; specification and testing of new systems and components; identifying, analyzing and developing solutions for issues related to implementation of train control and related systems; development of methods for solving critical issues related to PTC; analyzing operational impacts; leveraging existing infrastructure for new applications; and similar activities.  Assignments may include supporting presentations with technical committees and/or conducting training sessions and activities.  The Principal Investigator may be asked to provide support for projects relating to PTC interoperability, troubleshooting, monitoring, system reliability, lifecycle management, testing, and other similar areas.

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.

Assignments may also include, depending on project requirements, providing project-specific technical leadership to as many as ten engineers and/or technicians.  The successful candidate is expected to participate in all phases of projects to include proposal preparation; project planning; risk assessment; budget and schedule management; project resource assignments; technical and research activities; data analysis; test planning; test support; and preparation of technical reports.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • 10 years of experience in train control and/or railroad operations
  • Experience with and ability to apply logical and methodical approaches to solving engineering problems
  • Experience working with design, development, testing and/or operation of PTC systems and concepts, particularly the Interoperable Train Control (ITC) system
  • Strong understanding of conventional train control systems, concepts, and products
  • Familiarity with systems engineering and design concepts
  • Experience leading technical teams and/or project management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication along with demonstrable analytical and presentation skills; capable of preparing and delivering technical presentations to scientific groups; strong interpersonal and communication skills with internal engineering teams and customers/stakeholders
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Demonstrable computer skills, with experience using Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project
  • Must be able to read and interpret data, walk in an industrial and/or railroad environment, including uneven surfaces, such as ballast



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering (MS or PhD)
  • Experience in development of formal systems engineering documentation
  • Experience developing test cases for verification against requirements, including traceability
  • Experience with risk analysis, including techniques such as FTA and FMEA
  • Familiarity with cybersecurity concepts, practices, and tools
  • Familiarity with safety-related or safety critical concepts and/or familiarity with fail-safe system design concepts
  • Experience with reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) design and analysis concepts
  • Experience working with engineering projects related to RF data communication systems and application-to-application data communication protocols


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