Principal Investigator I, Reliability Engineering (C&TC)



About Us:
Located near the foot of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) is home to world-renowned experts in all facets of railway technology. With 48 miles of test track, TTCI's unrivaled capabilities are leading the way to a safer future for America's railroads. Our Mission is to provide highly effective and efficient railway research, testing, training, and technical support — and our people are at the heart of that effort. Our team works together in a culture of respect, integrity, and family spirit to improve the future of rail. Join us!

Program Description:
TTCI’s C&TC team assists the railroad industry in testing, designing, defining, modeling, and evaluating communications and train control technologies. We are seeking a talented, highly motivated, and experienced engineer to support research related to current and next generation train control and railway operations support technology; in Positive Train Control (PTC) systems, predictive braking algorithms, railroad wireless communications, radio technology performance, railroad safety systems, automation technology, machine vision, precision location determination, and/or other C&TC areas.

TTCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Primary Duties:
Principal Investigator I is responsible for project management and technical support of research, technology development and consulting projects in the areas of reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) as applied to railroad communications and train control. Successful candidate will provide professional engineering and scientific services to TTCI internal and external customers as directed by the Resource Manager.

Specific project assignments will include supporting railroad industry initiatives relating to analysis of RAM of train control and railway operations support systems and related technologies, as well as research and development of technologies to support future train control methods. Project tasks may include supporting development and implementation and/or application of RAM program plans and RAM models, analysis of system (software, hardware and mechanical) RAM over its lifecycle, analysis of operational data to determine RAM performance parameters, development of RAM requirements and allocation to segments and components of complex systems, application of systems engineering principles to railroad research initiatives, system design support including development of systems engineering documentation, analysis of technology concepts, requirements, and application of available technologies to the industry.

Assignments may also include management of multiple projects of varying size and complexity, including management of project schedules, budgets, resources, and risks; oversight of technical progress; review of project deliverables; and ensuring a high-level of quality and customer satisfaction. The incumbent must have the ability to interact with a diverse group of individuals. Based on project requirements, will provide project-specific technical leadership to as many as 10 engineers and technicians.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in all phases of projects to include proposal preparation; project planning; risk assessment; budget and schedule management; project resource assignments; technical and research activities; data analysis; test planning; test support; and preparation of technical reports.
Minimum Qualifications:
·Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or closely related field.

·Minimum 5-10 years of experience in RAM engineering is a must, with some experience in system engineering, technical research and/or technology development projects.

·Familiarity with development of RAM program plans, product lifecycle RAM analysis (including software, electronic hardware and mechanical systems), and assessment of RAM of suppliers’ products.

·Experience in development and application of RAM models and tools; e.g., Raptor ®.

·Experience in development of analytical tools to support RAM modeling and analysis.

·Experience in data analysis to determine RAM performance parameters.

·Familiarity with statistical analysis related to RAM.

·Familiarity with systems engineering processes and design concepts, including documentation and methodologies used.

·Experience with and ability to apply logical and methodical approaches to solving engineering problems.

·Familiarity with, or basic understanding of, risk/threat/hazard analysis.

·Excellent verbal and written communication along with demonstrable analytical and presentation skills; capable of preparing and delivering technical presentations to scientific groups; strong interpersonal and communication skills with internal engineering teams and customers/stakeholders.

·Detailed-oriented with a focus on quality.

·Strong organizational and time-management skills

·Demonstrable computer skills, with experience using Microsoft® Office products including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

·Must be capable of working independently as well as within a team of engineers.

Must be able to work under the following working and physical conditions:

- Environment: Office and field environments. Must be able to walk in an industrial and/or railroad environment, including uneven surfaces such as ballast.

-Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents.

-Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Preferred Qualifications:

·Advanced degree in Engineering (MS or Ph.D.) and/or 10+ years of experience in RAM engineering, with some experience in system engineering, technical research and/or technology development projects.

·Experience developing and working with systems specification documents, including concept of operations, system requirements documents, and interface control documents, as well as requirements verification test planning and execution.

·Familiarity with safety-related or safety critical concepts and/or familiarity with fail-safe system design concepts.

· Experience working with safety or failure analysis methods such as fault-tree analysis or FMEA.

·Experience in computer programming, computer-based analysis, computer-aided design, and computer-based modeling.

·Experience with wireless communications systems.

·Experience with laboratory and field test instrumentation, equipment and methods, including test planning, test execution, analysis and reporting.

·Familiarity with railroad operations, railroad signaling and train control systems and experience with PTC systems.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $81,958.13 /year


  • RAM models and tools: 5 years (Preferred)
  • safety and failure analysis: 5 years (Preferred)
  • PTC systems: 5 years (Preferred)
  • RAM engineering: 7 years (Preferred)


  • Master's (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement

This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused
  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance culture
  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative