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Lead Operation & Maintenance Engineer, Rail & Transit
Business Line Transportation
ID # 15551
eQuest Job Type Permanent - Full Time
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ 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.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We’re among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • 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




WSP is currently seeking a Senior Rail Systems Engineer, Operations and Maintenance to join our Rail Systems team in Thornhill, ON.  The successful candidate will be a Lead Operation and Maintenance Engineer and is expected to have extensive experience in both operations and maintenance of rail systems for passenger and freight services, including high-level planning of rail operations and maintenance, providing design inputs relative to operations and maintenance, construction, and ongoing rail operations and maintenance. The selected candidate will be responsible for leading analysis and providing input and advice on major projects as part of a multi-disciplinary design team.

As a senior member of the Rail Systems Engineering team, you will be given opportunities to use your transferrable skills to define processes, create execution plans, mentor the junior team members, be the technical lead for multiple projects, and expand the scope and business offerings of the Rail and Transit team. You will be supported by management to create work plans, develop professional skills, and become a strong leader in the consulting environment.


  • Lead operational planning and analysis for rail projects for a diverse range of clients, at various phases of railway infrastructure lifecycle, from planning through to ongoing operations and maintenance;
  • Providing Operations and Maintenance input on capital projects, including the development of ConOps, ConM, SPFMA, SOAFR, O&M Specifications and other related documentation;
  • Oversee operations simulation, interpret outputs, and present results of various rail operations and design applications including traction power, tunnel ventilation, pedestrian, and traffic using industry-standard tools and techniques;
  • Undertake rail network planning and capacity studies;
  • Validate system design requirements related to O&M through analysis, stakeholder engagement, and reference to industry best practices;
  • Contribute to the development of Operating and Maintenance Agreements for rail projects;
  • Development of plans related to the operation of a railway and/or transit system including Operations Plans, Safety Plans, Security Plans, Staffing Plans;
  • Development of Operations and Maintenance requirements for capital projects; and
  • Undertake yard operations analysis and provide input to yard and maintenance facility designs.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the business development of the Rail and Transit team, including:

  • Contribute to the growth and development of the Rail and Transit team, particularly capabilities in Operations and Maintenance;
  • Proactively build effective networks and industry relationships to gain cooperation in meeting business and client outcomes;
  • Cultivate strong client relationships to effectively anticipate and fulfill their needs with innovative, comprehensive, and data-driven solutions;
  • Foster collaboration across WSP within Canada and globally;
  • Train and mentor junior staff; and,
  • Perform other duties as assigned/required


  • Engineering Degree or equivalent from an accredited institution (a combination of education and experience will also be considered);
  • Professional engineering designation in the Province of Ontario;
  • Minimum 15 years of professional experience in transit systems Operation and Maintenance.
  • Extensive experience in operational planning of rail and transit projects and services, including the development of relevant documentation such as Operating Plans, ConOps, ConM, etc.;   
  • Experience undertaking or supervising operational modelling to conduct capacity analysis, plan infrastructure improvements, optimize time tables, etc.;
  • Strong understanding of the principles and practices in service planning, timetable development and optimization, scheduling, and resource management, including crew rostering, stock rostering, roster optimization, operational performance, and scheduling for maintenance windows, including deadheading and dispatch scheduling for work cars stabling;
  • Understanding of applicable regulation and policy impacting the rail and transit industries;
  • Strong knowledge of rail and transit maintenance and asset management practices, including knowledge in levels of maintenance standards such as EN 13306 or similar;
  • Understanding of asset management planning and system assurance planning, system life cycle planning, RAMS, FRACAS, including assessing KPIs or similar related standards for operations and maintenance;
  • Strong knowledge of all systems, infrastructure, assets, facilities, and customer-facing interfaces that comprise a transit system;
  • Understanding of operational characteristics of stations, corridor, maintenance facilities, operation control centers, automation of Operation Control and Maintenance Management Systems (e.g. MAXIMO) and all other elements associated with operating a safe and reliable railway;
  • Detailed understanding of railway signaling technologies such as conventional fixed-block, ETCS, CBTC, PTC, among others;
  • Knowledge of Safety and Security certification processes;
  • Knowledge in assessing techniques, equipment performance (e.g. rollingstock performance), and system and infrastructure maintenance processes; 
  • Proven experience in revenue and demand modelling and identifying O&M future needs and requirements;
  • Proven experience in carrying out analysis to implement maintenance improvement and optimization initiatives and technology/asset improvements;
  • Proven experience in the rail or transport sector, including local rail transport; i.e. tramways, light rail, rapid transit, high frequency services (subways, metros, and Automatic Train Control systems) and mixed-traffic metropolitan passenger;
  • Experience on projects in multiple phases of delivery; new build design/commissioning/operations and under different procurement and delivery models;
  • Primary experience in urban rail and transit, but experience with class one freight railways is considered an asset;
  • Up to date understanding of major transport issues and emerging priorities faced by cities operating and planning agencies in Canada and globally;
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Visio. Experience with rail operations software, such as OpenTrack, RTC, and RailSys is considered an asset; and,
  • Strong communication skills, presentation skills, and report writing skills.


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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WSP Canada Inc.


Thornhill, ON

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