Mechanical Discipline Lead- Transit and Rail

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.

Jacobs Engineering Group is seeking an experienced Mechanical Discipline Lead for Transit and Rail design build (DDB) opportunities and projects in the Mid-Atlantic region with a focus on the Baltimore-Washington area. The desired candidate should have experience working on significant projects in transit in the United States. Projects may include light rail, metro or other rail projects. A successful track record working with contractors is required. Knowledge of key transit and rail mechanical engineering and design requirements is required. 

This Transit Design Mechanical Lead manages and directs the mechanical engineering design for transit Design -Build (DB) teams. This individual must gain a thorough understanding of the Scope of Work, the Owner’s requirements of the contract, the design submittal process, the project’s organizational structure, and the integrated design-build project schedule. The Transit Design Mechanical Lead must demonstrate experience working with contractors and managing work with diverse and remote design teams to deliver products on a tight schedule. The Mechanical Discipline Lead needs to be familiar with all pertinent transit and rail design standards.

The Transit Mechanical Discipline Lead’s role is to ensure a cooperative and collaborative transfer of all design information; the organization and storage of all relevant design documents and as-built information; and facilitate the timely completion of the design work, so that the DB contract proceeds in a timely manner, without unduly holding up the DB contractors’ progress. 

The Transit and Rail Mechanical Discipline Lead is responsible for the following: 

•Manage the mechanical design aspects of complex transit and rail projects. Providing overall technical direction to mechanical design team and flagging cross-discipline issues that arise. Coordinate design activities and decisions with the DB Project Manager.

•Collaborate with other DB Team leaders to ensure the critical design components and related submittal documents are properly prioritized and delivered

•Ensure that the Safety & Quality issues for both design and construction are understood and properly integrated into the design team’s operations; coordinate audit activities of the Design Quality Assurance Manager and promptly address any issues that are identified

•Collaborate with DB Team members in risk management and ensure that risk mitigation measures are in place and are being followed. Work with the Project Manager and Project Sponsor to identify risks and develop risk mitigation measures

•Be knowledgeable on Project Control processes and procedures, and ensure accurate reporting of mechanical design progress as the work progresses throughout design and construction. Develop and manage metrics against the design budget for early detection of budget overruns. Understand quantity tracking, unit costs of labor and budgeted man hours, sheet counts and all relative metrics associated with managing a design effort from a budget standpoint. Understand Critical Path method (CPM) scheduling and be able to meet critical project milestones for deliverables. Be able to work with other DB Discipline leads and the DB Project Manager to mitigate the impact of design delays if they arise during the design process. 

•Drive innovation thoughts and ideas throughout the mechanical design staff. Motivate “Value Engineering” and group collaboration amongst mechanical engineers. Bring latest design innovations and technologies into the design. 

•Ensure that the mechanical design documents for testing, startup and commissioning are produced timely and in adequate detail

•Manage Changes to the contract scope as requested by either the Owner or DB Contractor in coordination with the DB Project Manager. Be able to identify what is contract scope, and what is a change, under the auspices of a Design Build contract. Be able to challenge / cajole / negotiate equitable changes to the design contract, as needed, to protect designer’s financial position within the design build contract in coordination with the DB Project Manager. 

•Manage the “Design Services during Construction” phase of the contract. This requires making reductions to staff to critical minimal levels while being able to answer contractor RFI’s and resolve all mechanical design issues which arise during construction. 



•Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from an accredited college or university is required•Master’s Degree in Engineering is preferable. •At least 15 years of experience in the field of Mechanical Engineering Design, and design management experience on at least two major Transit Design Build projects with a value over $500 million TIC. •Professional Engineering license is required in a Major engineering discipline, with the ability to obtain specific state licensure as required by the specific opportunity. •Must bring a thorough knowledge and expertise in working with large design teams; be able to timely integrate remote resources and diverse engineering staff into a single well-coordinated mechanical design package; have a good knowledge of contracts and risk avoidance and mitigation; knowledgeable of project controls and change processes.

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Note to Virginia Job Seekers: Jacobs ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact the Human Resources Director at our Arlington, VA office at 571-218-1000. Persons with hearing-and speech-impairments can contact Jacobs by using the Virginia Relay Service, a toll-free telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD). Call 711 for TTY/TDD.

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