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WSP Canada

Senior Track Designer

Full Time
3 hours ago

WSP is currently seeking a Senior Track Design Engineer to join our Rail and Transit Group. This position is open to applications from Engineers who could be based in any major WSP city location in Canada.

Reporting to the Manager, Rail and Transit, this position will be responsible for managing and providing track design expertise in relation to engineering work associated with WSP Rail and Transit projects.

The Senior Track Design Engineer will work collaboratively with a team of Chief Engineers and Specialists across rail & transit disciplines (Systems Engineering, Signals, Electrification Systems, Data Communications, and Project Controls), Project Managers, Systems Engineers, Signals Engineers, Analysts, and Coordinators.

As a senior member of the Rail & Transit team, you will be given opportunities to use your transferable skills to define processes, create execution plans, mentor the junior team members, and be the technical lead for multiple projects.

You will be supported by management to develop work plans and professional skills to become a strong leader in the consulting environment

  • Performing and/or co-ordinating the planning, monitoring, analysis and evaluation of the track designs to effectively address track design, construction, interface and maintenance issues in accordance with quality objectives and regulations, laws and standards; (ex. Metrolinx, CN, CP, TTC and AREMA);
  • Able to produce and check a wide array of track designs, grading models, DTM surface and related details;
  • Able to work with LIDAR point clouds, manage, verify and control surveys and ground surface data for design requirements;
  • Managing and leading trackwork design;
  • Performing design reviews pertaining to the design of the track alignment and trackwork through all project phases;
  • Managing track engineering staff and consultants engaged to provide specialized track design and verification;
  • Leading development of and performance specifications and trackwork design to meet project requirements;
  • Reviewing design standard variances and obtaining stakeholders buy-in;
  • Reviewing and providing written comments for design and technical proposal submissions by consultants and/or design-build consortiums;
  • Preparing and reviewing design-build proposals, technical documents for tender, calculation of quantities, cost estimates and project specifications;
  • Working cooperatively with counterparts in other departments in order to meet client requirements;
  • Representing the client on all assigned technical matters relating to your expertise in track design;
  • Developing ballasted and non-ballasted track structures, track alignment, profile, and associated grading
  • Developing requests for third party Work Plans and reviewing, negotiating, recommending release, and endorsing invoices of Work Plan phases as they relate to program-level trackwork initiatives;
  • Reviewing and/or preparing various reports and other correspondence related to project technical issues, witnessing and/or coordinating tests and inspections of the trackwork components and systems, and evaluating their performance;
  • Facilitating and attending technical and/or progress meetings as required, reviewing progress reports, and endorsing invoices for services;
  • Reviewing and/or preparing various reports and other correspondence related to project technical issues, witnessing and/or coordinating tests and inspections of the trackwork components and systems, and evaluating their performance;
  • Supporting quality control/quality assurance and safety certification processes;
  • Provide information, advice, support and recommendations regarding operating and administrative issues, rules, procedures, standards, budgets, etc, to employees and management staff, contractors, consultants, and other stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned/required

  • University (accredited) degree in an Engineering program;
  • 8-10 years of hands on experience in mass transit trackwork and Class 1 Railway designs from conceptual to detailed design;
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario is required;
  • Experience in LRT projects, supervising construction, and trackwork inspection;
  • Tunnels Track Design and Integration experience is required;
  • Integration with Track Circuits and Axle Counters is required;
  • Integration with Electrification Systems (OCS and 3rd rail) is required;
  • Must have a strong technical knowledge of mainline, yards, industrial tracks, intermodal and transload facilities, special trackwork, ballasted and non-ballasted track and associated civil work;
  • Experience developing Railway Track alignment and civil Design working in Microstation, Inroads, autoCAD and 3DCivil. Experience with Navisworks or ArcGIS would be an asset.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and make sound business decisions in a timely manner to adapt to changing situations;
  • Ability to motivate and co-ordinate the efforts of others to accomplish objectives;
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills in conjunction with innovative thinking;
  • An innovative thinker able to challenge existing practices and arrive at effective solutions;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 65,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 12,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.


  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

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