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Job Description

Geotechnical Engineer, Track
Requisition ID: 2591 
Number of Vacancies: 1.00 
Department: Subway Infrastructure (20001107) - Track & Structure Engineering (30000441) 
Salary Information:  $83,246.80  -  $104,067.60
Pay Scale Group:  9SA
Employment Type:  Regular
Weekly Hours:  35, Off Days:     Shift:  
Posted On:  October 2, 2020
Last Day to Apply:  October 15, 2020

Reports to: Senior Engineer   

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is North America's third largest transit system and has been recognized as one of the top places to work in the GTA. Guided by a forward-thinking strategic plan, the TTC's vision is to be a transit system that makes Toronto proud. The TTC's recruitment efforts are directly aligned to its mission of providing "a reliable, efficient, and integrated bus, streetcar and subway system that draws its high standards of customer care from our rich traditions of safety, service and courtesy."  

General Accountability  

Responsible for providing the engineering expertise necessary to guide all aspects of geotechnical investigations, and making recommendations for the development and maintenance of safe and reliable ballasted subway and surface track systems.  This includes design reviews of existing ballast track design, developing and coordinating comprehensive testing programs, diagnosing site conditions and providing root cause assessments.  Takes professional responsibility for engineering work as required by the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).  

Key Job Functions  

·       Develop technical specifications for the supply of track components, systems and track related construction projects.

·       Undertake studies of track maintenance and suggest methods for improving performance or reducing costs.

·       Carry out research programs and tests to reveal the effectiveness of changes in procedures, design or materials.

·       Undertake studies of problem areas to discover the root cause, e.g. poor drainage, fouled ballast, leaks, etc., with recommendations for corrective action.

·       Examine geotechnical aspects of local site conditions and impact on track condition (including geometry, component failure or degradation, etc.).

·       Develop new and review existing standards, drawings and specifications and make recommendations for improvement.

·       Develop reports relating to design options, maintenance issues and project estimates.

·       Use computer packages such as CADD, statistics and data bases to support geotechnical investigations.

·       Review shop drawings, inspection and approval of track materials.

·       Review final designs and provide directions pertaining to applicable departmental policies and specifications for work to be done by outside parties.

·       Review work of draftspersons as required.

·       Evaluate new products to improve safety, reliability and efficiency of the track system.

·       Organize product demonstrations, tests and prepare cost comparisons for products when appropriate.

·       Utilize industry standards such as American Railway Engineering Maintenance Association, (A.R.E.M.A.) T.T.C. design standards, American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), in design projects.

·       Provide geotechnical recommendations and guidance to Commission personnel and outside contractors on matters related to the work.

·       Solve geotechnical problems using a variety of standard engineering methods and techniques, e.g. calculus, structure, failure mechanics, etc.

·       Comply with Commission policies, rules, regulations and safe working practices while working in the field.

·       Define and document project goals.

·       Develop project schedules to complete assigned work.

·       Monitor progress against schedules, and recommend appropriate corrective action.

·       Participate in the TTC's Customer Service Ambassador Program.

·       Promotes a respectful work and service environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and is free from harassment and discrimination. Provides guidance in the development and implementation of inclusive and accessible policies, programs and/or services for employees and customers in accordance with TTC’s commitments and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and Related Orders, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and TTC’s policies.


·       Apply analytical skills

·       Communicate in a variety of mediums

·       Demonstrate specialized expertise and knowledge in the assigned field

·       Identify and minimize risk of Health and Safety issues

·       Plan and organize activities / projects to meet section and organizational goals

·       Use office technology, software and applications

Education and Experience  

·       Completion of a college diploma or university degree in a related discipline (i.e. Civil or Geotechnical Engineering), or a combination of education, training and experience deemed to be equivalent.

·       Several years' experience in geotechnical design where specialized techniques are learned and where knowledge of American Railway Engineering Maintenance Association (AREMA) requirements and industry standards and procedures are important.

·       Registration as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario is mandatory.  

Additional Requirements  

·       Sound knowledge of civil engineering principles, methods and practices. 

·       Must possess sound judgement with a strong mathematical and analytical background, and thorough knowledge of the civil design discipline.

·       Must have good verbal, written and presentation skills.

·       Must be conversant with principles associated with geotechnical aspects of design, analysis and maintenance of railways and/or roadways. 

·       Must have the ability to carry out detailed design analysis; technical feasibility and constructability studies; evaluate alternative proposals; and assess construction impacts. 

·       Must be familiar with and able to use various engineering software and data base packages to analyze information and develop trends, statistical profiles and economic comparisons. 

·       Sound knowledge of departmental policies and procedures applicable to the work performed. 

·       Required to attend and successfully complete training for Subway/SRT Rule and Surface Rule Book certification.

·       Must have a valid non-probationary, Province of Ontario Class "G" Driver's licence, and use of own vehicle in order to travel to the different project work sites. ·       Will occasionally be required to work outside of normal working hours, afternoons or nights.    

To find out more about the TTC and to apply online, by October 15, 2020, please visit, click on “current employment opportunities” and enter Requisition ID 2591 in the search field.

We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The TTC is committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. Committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, the TTC encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodation is available for applicants, including those with disabilities, throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources - Employment Services at 416-393-4570.

The TTC’s Employment Policy prohibits relatives of current TTC employees from being hired, assigned, transferred or promoted into positions, where there is a conflict of interest due to relationship. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to disclose the name, relationship, and position of any relative who is a current TTC employee.