Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
January 8, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is seeking qualified applicants to consider for a Rail Safety Specialist position. This position will work as federally certified inspector as a Hazardous Materials Specialist.
This recruitment is open continuous and may be closed without notice. It is in the applicant’s best interest to apply as soon as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time after seven calendar days.
The UTC regulates the rates, services and practices of private or investor-owned utilities and transportation companies.
The UTC is continually recognized for its excellence and integrity as a utility and transportation regulatory agency, as we challenge the status quo and ourselves, making us an employer of choice!
At the UTC, we recognize that our employees are the key to the agency’s success. We are committed to our work, but value the balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth, continued learning opportunities, offers meaningful work and a comprehensive benefits package. For more information about benefits, please visit http://www.utc.wa.gov/aboutUs/careers/Pages/Working-at-UTC.aspx.
Independently support the commission’s railroad safety program as a Hazardous Materials Specialist, as promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Monitor and analyze technical, regulatory, and policy development information related to safety regulation to identify changes, issues, or concerns that may affect railroad companies, the FRA, or the commission. Provide technical assistance on federal rail safety standards, rules, regulations, and policies to railroad companies, the FRA, commission management and other interested parties.
One of the following:
Two years of recent experience in developing, administering, or performing managerial functions related to compliance with the hazardous materials regulations.
Four years of recent experience in performing functions related to compliance with the hazardous materials regulations.
A bachelor's degree in a related technical specialization.
Successful completion of the FRA apprentice training program.
An applicant with less experience may qualify for the position if he or she is accepted into, and successfully completes, the FRA apprentice training program.
In addition to the above, the hazardous materials inspector shall demonstrate the following qualifications:
A comprehensive knowledge of the transportation and operating procedures employed in the railroad, shipping, or manufacturing industries associated with the transportation of hazardous materials.
Knowledge and ability to understand and detect deviations from the Department of Transportation's Hazardous Materials Regulations, including Federal requirements and industry standards for the manufacturing of bulk packaging used in the transportation of hazardous materials by railroad.
Knowledge of the physical and chemical properties and chemical hazards associated with hazardous materials that are transported by railroad.
Knowledge of the proper remedial actions required to bring railroad, shipper, and/or manufacturing facilities into compliance with the Federal regulations.
Knowledge of the proper remedial actions required when a hazardous materials transportation accident or incident occurs.
Inspection and investigation skills:
Use critical observation skills to inspect and investigate equipment, facilities, programs, records or operations of railroad companies.
Use analytical skills to identify factors affecting or contributing to issues of noncompliance, 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 inspection and investigation results in a way that others can understand and act upon their significance.
Understand which safety improvements or corrective action measures to recommend 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 inspections, 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 railroad staff, commission staff and management, private crossing owners 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.
Desired experience and competencies:
Two years of experience performing transportation safety investigations, audits, or inspections.
Use generic computer software, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, to collect information and compose reports.
Use specialized software, such as 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 at crossings or other facilities and transfer those images to the appropriate database(s) and to the appropriate parties.
About Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The UTC regulates the rates, services and practices of private or investor-owned utilities and transportation companies.The UTC is continually recognized for its excellence and integrity as a utility and transportation regulatory agency, as we challenge the status quo and ourselves, making us an employer of choice!For more information about the UTC, see our website www.utc.wa.gov – or visit www.tw...itter.com/wautc and www.facebook.com/wautc. At the UTC, we recognize that our employees are the key to the agency’s success. We are committed to our work, but value the balance with our personal lives. We demonstrate our commitment to employees by providing an environment that stimulates professional growth, continued learning opportunities, offers meaningful work and a comprehensive benefits package. For more information about benefits, please visit http://www.utc.wa.gov/aboutUs/careers/Pages/Working-at-UTC.aspx.