Senior Engineer, Modelling and Simulation

WSP - Thornhill, ON (30+ days ago)

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WSP is currently seeking a Senior Modelling and Simulation Specialist to join our Rail Systems Engineering team in Thornhill, ON. Reporting to the Manager, this applicant will have experience in rail network and operational simulations using either OpenTrack, RTC, or RailSys, and Traction Power simulations using OpenPowerNet. The applicant will also have experience in operational analysis of railway and transit systems, and design of rail systems including tunnel ventilation, traction power, signaling and train control, and track/alignment.

As a senior member of the Rail Systems Engineering team, you will be given opportunities to define processes, create execution plans, mentor junior team members, technically lead multiple projects, and expand the scope and business offerings of the Modelling and Simulation team. With management support, you will create work plans, develop professional skills, and become a strong leader in the consulting environment.

Undertake a lead technical role on rail planning and operations modelling projects;
Oversee and undertake modelling and simulation analysis for various rail transit operations and design applications including rail operations, traction power, tunnel ventilation, pedestrian, and traffic, using industry standard tools and techniques;
Perform operational analysis and rail network design using data and modelling driven approaches;
Validate system design requirements through operational performance analysis and rail network planning;
Train and mentor junior rail planners and operations modellers;
Contribute to the growth and development of the Canadian Modelling and Simulation team, and integration to the Global Modelling and Simulation network;
Contribute to the development of tools to automate work processes and analyse / visualize simulation and modelling output;
Manage the technical quality of work performed by other team members;
Manage work on multiple projects as well as contribute to pursuits and proposals of varying complexity and size;
Proactively build effective networks and industry relationships to gain cooperation in meeting business and client outcome;
Cultivate strong client relationships to effectively anticipate and fulfill their needs with innovative, comprehensive, and data-driven solutions;
Other duties as assigned/required.

Engineering degree from an accredited institution;
Minimum 10 years of professional experience in a similar capacity;
Hands on experience of using OpenTrack or an equivalent market-leading rail simulation tool;
An understanding of the fundamentals of track layout design along with signalling principles;
The ability to manipulate large data sets and text files, experience of computer programming using Python, VBA, or similar language;
A power user of Excel;
Expert knowledge of Timetable Planning Rules, and the ability to construct high level timetables;
Knowledge and hands-on experience of rolling stock diagramming and or Train crew diagramming and rostering;
An appreciation of revenue and demand modelling;
Proven experience in the rail or transport sector, including: local rail transport, including tramways, light rail, rapid transit, mixed-traffic metropolitan passenger and freight;
Detailed understanding of railway technology (ETCS, CBTC);
Experience in resource management including crew rostering, stock rostering, roster optimisation, operational performance, and stabling;
Highly conversant with rail operations microsimulation modelling tools including OpenTrack, RailSys, RTC, or other industry accepted modelling software, including application for operational and infrastructure optioneering, the development of complex timetables, and demonstrated ability in mentoring others in its application;
Conversant in macroscopic rail modelling tools such as Viriato and Trapeez;
Experience undertaking studies and analyses of travel time, rail system capacity, network improvements, traction power system performance, signal block layout/control line optimisation, human resource management, and business change;
Experience in transport economics, e.g. franchise bid development or examination, operation plan costing and/or operation cost estimation;
Experience in business case development and preparation of Concept of operations, Service plans and operations documentation;
Demonstrated experience in leading rail operations modelling team in a project environment;
Demonstrated excellent attention to detail along with high-level verbal and written communication skills;
Any experience with other modelling tools (MATLAB/Simulink, Labview, etc.) is an asset;
Pedestrian modelling experience is an asset.

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