Chief Engineer, Vehicles, TTC (Closes Feb 15, 2023)

  • 06 Feb 2023 4:58 PM
    Message # 13087210
    Hina Brinkworth (Administrator)

    Requisition ID: 6834 
    Number of Vacancies: 1 
    Department: Vehicle Programs (20000049) - Rail Engineering (30000487) 
    Salary Information:  $140,740.60  -  $175,848.40
    Pay Scale Group:  13SA
    Employment Type:  Regular
    Weekly Hours:  35 Off Days:  Saturday and Sunday  Shift:  Day
    Posted On:  February 2, 2023
    Last Day to Apply:  February 15, 2023
    Reports to: Head, Vehicle Programs 

    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

    The Chief Engineer, Vehicles is accountable for the development and maintenance of TTC’s vehicle design manuals and technical procurement specifications. Responsible for planning, directing, integrating and coordinating multi-disciplined vehicle procurement and maintenance engineering activities through direct and/or indirect subordinate engineering managers. These accountabilities include the engineering authority for design, development, integration, maintenance, and modification of new and existing revenue and non-revenue transit vehicle fleets and associated systems and equipment. Oversees the development and administration of technical, safety and contractual aspects of new vehicle and equipment acquisitions as well as providing general engineering and administrative guidance to staff in the accomplishment of the Department’s and the TTC’s Capital and Operating objectives in support of the purchase of these vehicles, with due regard to complex vehicle-infrastructure interface as a system. 

    Key Job Functions

    • Develops and oversees all technical and safety items over all stages of a vehicle procurement and delivery program from the development of technical specifications, review of qualification testing to acceptance of commissioning testing and post-delivery support. 
    • Provides support to ensure the integration of vehicles on existing and new infrastructure. 
    • Leading and coordinating the analyses of complex engineering issues related to transit vehicle fleets.
    • Monitoring developments and legislation related to rail vehicles; evaluating the impact on operations, maintenance and engineering; recommending and implementing policy and procedural improvements.
    • Assist with the assignment of projects, programs and/or work to the maintenance engineering team; reviewing and evaluating work methods and procedures; meeting with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
    • Assist with the planning, organizing, assigning, administering, directing, reviewing and evaluating maintenance engineering activities related to the improvement of transit fleet vehicles and associated equipment.
    • Ensuring effective subsystems integration, allowing for real-time health monitoring of equipment.
    • Providing sound and timely technical expertise, advice, guidance, and approval with regards to transit vehicle and vehicle equipment configuration, engineering and selection.
    • Explaining, justifying and advocating procurement and maintenance engineering programs, policies and activities.
    • Participating in the development of long-range plans and budgets for fleet planning, and asset lifecycle management of transit vehicle fleets.
    • Ensuring the timely reporting of project performance results, including any significant costs, safety, human resources, or other issues to the department head.
    • Ensuring vehicle configuration records are established and maintained for vehicle components and software.
    • Striving to reduce maintenance costs through configuration commonality with existing fleets where operational issues, safety and reliability are not factors.
    • Assisting the Senior Project Managers / Program Managers in reporting plan variances and recommended corrective action to the department head.
    • Providing guidance to engineering services for the development, maintenance, and adherence to best practices and procedures for design for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS), Quality Assurance/Control of assets and processes, and warranty administration.
    • Assuming liability for the proper application of industry-approved safety and environment standards for the design, operation, and decommissioning of custom-built revenue and non-revenue transit vehicles.
    • Representing the department to other departments, task forces, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinating assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
    • Promotes a respectful work and service environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and is free from harassment and discrimination. Provides leadership 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. 


    • Secure and manage fiscal resources
    • Apply analytical skills
    • Identify and minimize risk of Health and Safety issues
    • Demonstrate specialized expertise and knowledge in the assigned field
    • Plan and organize activities / projects to meet section and organizational goals
    • Manage human resources

    Education and Experience

    • Completion of a University degree in a relevant engineering discipline, or the equivalent, combined with extensive related applied engineering experience, preferably in large scale project management and progressively responsible positions in a vehicle engineering and project management environment.
    • Registered as a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario (P. Eng.) is mandatory.

    Additional Requirements

    • Extensive knowledge of operations for comprehensive multi-disciplined procurement, maintenance, and engineering programs.
    • Technical expertise with regard to transit vehicle maintenance, designs and specifications and configurations and must be familiar with vehicle testing procedures and quality assurance activities.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of project planning/management concepts and practices with progressive experience in complex multi-year, high-value projects.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of business administration, fiscal and human relations concepts and practices combined with a thorough knowledge and understanding of applicable human resources policies and legislation/regulations regarding safety, employment, human rights, etc.
    • Proven ability to formulate complex budget and long-range engineering programs.
    • Sound judgement supported by excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to resolve complex problems.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills combined with strong presentation and facilitations skills.
    • Proven organizational and management skills with the ability to manage and lead change efforts effectively.
    • Well-developed management skills in order to lead and co-ordinate highly technical areas with due regard for effectiveness, high-quality deliverables, deadlines and the safety of employees and passengers.
    • Ability to effectively motivate and inspire staff and have a positive impact and influence through self-awareness, understanding of others, and strong interpersonal skills to set high-standards and achieve department goals and expectations.
    • Must have or acquire knowledge of Department specific processes, materials management and procurement software, combined with the TTC’s organizational structure, policies and procedures applicable to the work performed.
    • Must have or rapidly acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the Ontario Human Rights Code and Related Orders including disability accommodation and accessibility requirements pertaining to passengers and employees.


    This position is designated as safety-sensitive, specified management or designated executive under the TTC's Fitness for Duty Policy.  If you do not currently hold a designated position, you will be required to pass a drug test as part of the certification process.

    The TTC is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, anti-racism and inclusion in the delivery of its services and in its workplaces. The TTC is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities it serves at all levels of the organization, and supports an inclusive environment where diverse employee and community perspectives and experiences bring value to the organization. The TTC encourages applications from all applicants, including members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ(IA+) community. The TTC values and supports an inclusive and barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Accommodations for applicants are available upon request throughout the recruitment and selection process, including for those who identify as having a disability. Please contact Talent Management at (416) 393-4570. Any information received related to an accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

    The TTC’s 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 a 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. 

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


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