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Lead Industrial Engineer, Rail & Transit
Business Line Transportation
ID # 15552
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 an Industrial Engineer (Rail Transit Maintenance) to join our Rail Systems team in Thornhill, ON.  Reporting to the Manager, Rail and Transit, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with a team of Chief Engineers and Specialists across rail systems 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 transferrable 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


  • Lead development of Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) designs to ensure that all required vehicle rail operations and maintenance & storage functions are properly accounted for in the design process.
  • Design responsibilities include developing facility requirements, preparing conceptual layouts, specifying shop equipment for vehicle maintenance and storage facilities;
  • Analyze maintenance, warehousing and rail yard operations to develop improvements and optimize processes.
  • Assess techniques equipment and processes used during vehicle maintenance and recommend improvements to processes and/or tools
  • Anticipate future MSF operational requirements through simulations to ensure that all MSF functional components will be capable of accommodating increasing demands.
  • Plan and execute project work, based on an understanding of the project scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Interact with clients to discuss technical topics in a clear and professional manner.  Facilitate resolution of customer expectations versus technical issues.
  • Provide valuable leadership to junior staff and mentoring to develop their technical skills.
  • Work with tight schedules, be flexible, control project budgets, and motivate junior staff


  • Engineering Degree from an accredited institution;
  • Licensed as a professional engineer with the PEO;
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in a similar capacity;
  • PMP certification will be an asset
  • Extensive experience in maintenance planning of rail transit projects including fleet and infrastructure maintenance practices and methods.
  • Familiarity with rail system documentation such as Maintenance Plans, Concept of Operations and Maintenance, System Performance and Failure Mode Analysis, Service Plans, etc.;
  • Experience with business planning and strategy development of a rail service, including the development, negotiation, and management of Operating Agreements;
  • Strong and thorough understanding of the principles and practices associated with rail vehicle and infrastructure maintenance and of asset management practices
  • Knowledge of signaling, communication and control practices as it pertains to the MSF including interfaces to the revenue mainline;
  • Knowledge of other infrastructure, assets, facilities, and customer facing interfaces that comprise the operational characteristics of a transit system (stations, corridor, operation control centers, etc.) will be a valued asset;
  • Knowledge of Safety and Security certification processes;
  • Experience on projects in multiple phases of delivery from design through to commissioning and operations under different procurement and delivery models;
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office;
  • Strong communication skills, presentation skills, and report writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to achieve good understanding of client needs


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.

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. For more information please READ THE FULL POLICY.

WSP Canada Inc.


Thornhill, ON

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