Signal Engineer – Transit & Rail

Job Locations US-NY-New York City | US-NJ-Newark
Regular Full-Time
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Signal Engineer – Transit & Rail | Hybrid | New York, NY | Newark, NJ


VHB is seeking a Signal Engineer to join our dynamic growing Transportation practice in the Northeast. This position provides an opportunity to work on complex transit and rail infrastructure traction power projects and play an important role in expanding and shaping the group.


Under minimal direction, performs detailed phases of signal engineering design work for projects with complex features. Exercises independent judgment and decision making in evaluating, selecting, and applying advanced engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria to perform work and make substantial adaptations and modifications as needed. Leads a team in developing signal engineering plans and specifications for a multitude of transit and railroad signaling projects (e.g., train control systems for light and heavy rail transit, and freight, commuter, intercity and high-speed railroad operations).


  • Supports the installation, testing, and commissioning of rail based signaling, Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), and Positive Train Control (PTC) projects
  • Plans, organizes, and oversees signal engineering activities for all phases of a transit and railroad project of significant size and complexity or two or more projects of small to moderate size and complexity
  • Develops Rail Signal Circuits including but not limited to Interlocking Circuits, Application Logic, Track Diagrams.
  • Participates in all stages of a signaling project from planning and design to installation and commissioning
  • Makes recommendations on project staffing
  • Develops detailed signal designs and systems, including at grade railroad crossing systems for both constant and fixed warning systems and traffic preemption functions
  • Develops and modifies electrical circuits
  • Performs feasibility studies and analysis, including braking calculations, control tables, routes and aspects, schematics, and phasing plans
  • Supports key stages of the installation, testing and commissioning of rail based signaling, Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), and Positive Train Control (PTC) projects

Skills and Attributes

  • Familiarity with track, station, layover facility and general civil engineering
  • Strong capability in use of computer applications including AutoCAD, Microstation, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Capability in the use of project management applications such as MS Project or Primavera
  • Team oriented with strong capability to work independently
  • Robust technical and critical thinking skills
  • Detail oriented and quality focused
  • Strong project/task management skills
  • Strong communication skills


  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering or related field of study preferred
  • 5-8 years of experience in rail transit design and/or signal engineering design required
  • 8-11 years’ experience preferred
  • Clear understanding of railroad and rail transit design requirements including AREMA recommended practices
  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification or PE licensure preferred

Our best estimate of the salary range for this position located in New York City is $92,000-150,000. The final compensation will be based on a variety of factors such as individual qualifications, education, and experience.

Job Description Banner (June 2023)

We are VHB! We’re an inspired and innovative team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Our work helps improve mobility, enhance communities, and contribute to economic vitality. We do this while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment. 


Our people make us great! VHB provides a differentiating employee experience, which includes: 

  • Diverse and inclusive culture of collaboration and innovation
  • Opportunity to work on complex, transformational projects
  • Community and social responsibility as sustainable stewards
  • Focus on learning, development, and career growth
  • Best-in-class benefits, including flexible, hybrid workplace  

We are consistently rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We’re growing, and we hope you’ll join us! 


VHB is a proud Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Since our founding, we have intentionally fostered a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion—supported by deep-rooted core values, one of which is diversity. All individuals receive consideration for employment based on their qualifications without discrimination for race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, or any other basis protected by law.





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