A Bachelor's degree involving major study in transportation or engineering, and four years' professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems. A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered in meeting the qualifications.
- Use computer software, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, to collect information and compose reports.
- Use specialized software, such as Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reporting software or commission-specific software or programs, to record inspection data and results.
- Use computer databases, such as the rail safety database or the FRA database, and general computer systems, such as the internet, to research and retrieve data and information.
- Use digital image technology to capture images of the equipment and transfer those images to the appropriate database(s) and to the appropriate parties.
Inspection and investigation skills:
- Use critical observation skills to inspect and investigate equipment, facilities, programs, records or operations of railroad companies and overall railroad safety.
- Use analytical skills to identify factors affecting or contributing to conditions that compromise safety, to recognize trends and forecast anticipated problems, hazards, and issues that have not yet surfaced, and to determine what safety improvements can be made at the location.
- Document research, studies, investigations and other project materials in a way that others can understand.
- Understand which investigation and evaluation tools are appropriate for a given situation.
Research and analytical abilities:
- Find information regarding technical, regulatory and policy development related to the railroad safety.
- Organize information into a format that can be understood by others.
- Analyze information and present sound, reasoned evaluations and recommendations.
- Present supervisory information, investigations, conclusions and recommendations in writing in a clear, concise and organized manner.
- Use appropriate document structure, punctuation, grammar and plain talk skills in writing assignments.
- Use verbal communications skills to work effectively with railroads, other state and federal agencies, local organization, Commission management and other interested parties.
Personal safety skills:
- Understand agency requirements for personal safety in and around railroad equipment and facilities.
- Use protective clothing or equipment as required by the agency.
- Develop teamwork through leadership: define team standards, responsibilities, processes, and goals. Promote a cooperative and respectful work environment. Work for consensus. Anticipate and resolve conflicts. Identify opportunities in adverse situations. Leverage team diversity to improve team effectiveness; promote unique team talents. Appropriately and timely share information, internally and externally. Model desired behavior.
- Provide ongoing performance feedback and encouragement; document through timely and meaningful performance and development plans. Assume coaching and mentoring roles, as appropriate. Provide developmental opportunities. Delegate assignments to improve skills. Recognize results.
- Develop realistic plans aligned with agency goals; set specific goals for area(s) of responsibility. Create contingency plans. Coordinate plans with others. Plan for and maximize resources. Understand assigned program area and address relevant trends in planning.
- Communicate a long-term vision. Balance short and long term goals. Keep own and team's work aligned with overall goals. Appropriate to managerial level: (1) Address staffing, infrastructure, organization design, culture, and risk management issues in strategic plans. (2) Demonstrate creativity and innovation in developing or adapting strategic plans. (3) Show an awareness of the external environment and trends that contribute to ability to work effectively.
- Knowledge of regulatory theory and practice; and state, regional, and federal policy regarding transportation and railroad industries.
- Experience supervising staff.