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Graduate Rail Systems Design Engineer (Available 2023)

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Graduate Rail Systems Design Engineer (Available 2023)

Full Time
  • Responsibilities


    Dedicated to sustainable development, Arup is a collective of designers, consultants and experts working globally. Founded to be humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners using imagination, technology and rigor to shape a better world.

    We collaborate with public and private sector clients to unlock the transformative potential of railways. We offer a broad range of services spanning planning, design, delivery, systems integration, assurance, safety and security assessments, and optimization of railway operation and maintenance performance to unlock the financial value for investors, asset owners, operators and maintainers, while navigating the transition to low carbon and resilient rail. You would be joining our multidisciplinary team focusing on technical excellence and innovative solutions that shape a better future for people and the planet.


    • Undertaking of rail systems design (signaling, communication system, traction power, overhead catenary etc.), operations and maintenance planning, interface design, and writing requirements.

    • Supporting Requirements Engineering activities (creation, definition, decomposition etc.) using DOORS NG (Dynamic Object-Oriented Requirements System New Generation) or similar

    • Reference applicable standards for design process, such as ISO/IEC 15288 and INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) guideline, AREMA (American Railway Engineer and Maintenance of way Association) Manual of Railway Engineering, Agency Design Standards, NFPA-130, National Electric Code, and related specifications

    • Assisting senior staff on a variety of projects such as new transit rail project and subway works across Canada

    • Supporting efforts for site work on transit rail projects

    • Coordinate and collaborate with rail systems teams, project managers, and more, to help complete team efforts

    • Writing reports for internal and external purposes based on findings

    • Presenting technical material in traditional and innovative ways for review by technical and non-technical audiences

    • Conduct research and data gathering as required for Technical Advisory work

    • Serve as key personnel in the requirement management and requirements database work and maintenance

    • Participating in multiple projects throughout their lifecycles, from market engagement, solution preparation, project execution and delivery, to project closeout

    • Understanding trends and standard processes in the permanent way and rail engineering market

    • Participating in local Professional Associations



    • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, Electronic, Information systems or similar)

    • Minimum of 3.0 GPA or higher

    • Shown curiosity about Rail & Transit Infrastructure

    • Sound knowledge of engineering fundamentals related to transportation

    • Familiarity with drafting software

    • The ability to prioritize effectively, balance assigned work and apply organization skills required for our constantly evolving environment

    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills essential for team-based working

    • Presentation skills with colleagues and clients of all levels

    • Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future.


    • Master’s Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, Electronic, Information systems or similar)

    • EIT/ FE Certification

    • Coursework in transportation design

    • Knowledge of applicable codes such as AREMA, Agency Design Standards, NEC/NFPA, and related specifications and standards for design of the above elements

    • Understanding of requirements management tools such as IBM DOORS or Perforce Helix

    • Comprehension of the Systems Engineering “V” Life Cycle Process

    • Proficiency in 3D CAD software such as MicroStation and AutoCAD software to lay out right-of-way, rail alignments, drainage systems, roadway design, sidewalks and pedestrian accommodation, utility systems, and grading designs

    • Familiarity with civil engineering design and analysis tools for rail, roads, and/or water systems

    • Proficiency in data processing and analysis using tools such as Excel, VBA, Python, or other applicable tools

    • Evidence of past internship in the transportation sector


    For over seven decades Arup has been at the forefront of the most ambitious and innovative design and engineering. From concert halls to national stadiums, renewable energy to driverless cars, we continue to add to that history every day. Notable projects from our Rail team include:

    • Second Avenue Subway, MTA NYCT

    • Fulton Street Transit Center, MTA NYCT

    • Eglinton Crosstown West Extension LRT, Metrolinx, Toronto, Canada

    LCOATIONS: Washington D.C., New York, NY and Boston, MA

    NYC HIRING RANGE - The good faith base salary hiring range for this job if performed in New York City is $71,000 to $81,000 per year. Benefits are not included in the base salary. Please note hiring ranges for candidates performing work outside of NYC will differ.

    BENEFITS THAT WORK- At Arup, we have a comprehensive and valuable benefits program that works for our employees and their families while keeping costs low. These benefits provide health and welfare security for you as well as paid time off for rest and renewal. Our Global Profit Share Plan (paid bi-annually) provides an opportunity for you to share in the success of the Firm. As a valued employee of Arup, you can also choose to participate in our 401(k) plan with up to 10% company match to help you save for your future.

    FLEXIBLE WORKING- We believe that flexible arrangements create a more inclusive way of working that supports our diversity and the wellbeing of our people. Options for alternative schedules and the ability to work outside of the office for a portion of your workweek are available.

    Arup is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of national origin, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or other status protected by law. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please contact us at

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  • Locations
    Washington, DC • Boston, MA • New York, NY
  • About Us

    Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.