The Chief Engineer is responsible for supervision of all aspects of the Engineering and Maintenance of Way (MOW) Department including routine inspections, maintenance and rehabilitation of track structures. The Chief Engineer is responsible for developing capital work plans, identifying priorities, managing inventory, managing equipment maintenance and acquisitions, maintenance of IANR documents such as Track Charts, Bridge Drawings, IANR property boundaries and Maintenance Documents, Federal Rail Administration (FRA) Crossing Inventory, monitoring department budgets/expenses, payroll and monthly financial closings.
The Chief Engineer is responsible for compliance with all applicable requirements of the FRA ensuring that IANR's rail, track, bridge, and signal inspections are conducting as required. The Chief Engineer works with the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), local municipalities, county engineer's, all utility agencies, on design, construction and maintenance of projects.
The Chief Engineer oversees compliance of the Oil Water Separator located at the IANR Bryant Maintenance Facility by ensuring compliance with the City of Waterloo permit. The Chief Engineer is jointly responsible to ensure that monthly monitoring and testing of the Oil Water Separator is conducted and the results are interpreted properly.
The Chief Engineer is responsible for providing designs of railroad improvements such as yards, sidings, shop facilities, bridges and other types of hydraulic structures. The Chief Engineer ultimately decides how engineering for various projects will be handled. The Chief Engineer must be able to provide IANR management with constructive input and protect the best interest of IANR when working with contractors and other third parties.
In addition, the Chief Engineer will work with customers or potential customers as required to facilitate industry improvements for existing facilities and/or construction of new facilities. This design work may be accomplished in-house or with the assistance of third-party engineering firms or contractors.
Other duties include derailment investigations, field investigations, analysis, calculations, and preparation of plans, specifications and cost opinions.
The Chief Engineer must have and maintain their State of Iowa License for Professional Engineering in the Branch of Civil Engineering including keeping Professional Development Hours (PDH) up-to-date and staying in compliance with State of Iowa requirements.
Iowa Northern Railway Company (IANR) is a Class III shortline railroad serving industries throughout North Central Iowa to Cedar Rapids. IANR is a privately owned, innovative corporation providing a responsive approach to first and last mile service and connecting Iowa’s manufacturing and agricultural communities to the transportation network.