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Date: Feb 8, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 29431 

Agency: Department of Transportation

Working Title: RAIL SAFETY INSPECTOR - 55010888

Position Number: 55010888 

Salary:  $56,226.82 - $58,144.32 

Posting Closing Date: 02/22/2018 









CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: (850) 414-4954


NOTE: This position will be located in the Florida county in which the selected candidate resides.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.




In accordance with Section 110.112, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Department of Transportation’s Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, the agency is committed to ensuring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Upon request and as appropriate, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities may be provided.  Interested persons should contact the Florida Department of Transportation’s Equal Opportunity Office located at 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 or call (850) 414-4747 for assistance.  


This position requires a valid Class (A, B, C, or E) driver's license with an acceptable driving record in accordance with the Department's Driver's Record Requirements Policy. An unacceptable driving record is defined as any of the following:

  1. three (3) or more moving violations in the past 3 years that accumulate 3 or more points per violation;
  2. any 2 convictions of reckless driving in the past 3 years;
  3. a suspension or revocation of the driver's license for moving violations in the past 3 years; and
  4. a suspension or revocation for refusal to take a sobriety test, or any suspension or revocation for a DUI conviction in the past 4 years


Your driving record will be reviewed and the status of your driver's license confirmed.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Conducts scheduled inspections of railroad track in accordance with a planned program of state inspection coverage to determine operating adequacy in accordance with Federal and State standards. Conducts spot or unscheduled inspections as required. Supplements on-the-ground inspection efforts as appropriate with ultrasonic testing equipment, geometry test car and inspection testing equipment.


Investigates independently, or as part of a team, derailments, fatalities or other incidents to determine probable cause and to determine if minimum standards were violated. Such investigations include a technical evaluation to determine probable cause and recommend corrective action. Investigates complaints from railroad employees, legislature (federal and state) and the public alleging non-compliance with minimum standards. Investigates petitions for exemption from regulations from railroads as requested.


Examines, prepares and maintains reports and records. Examines railroad records of equipment inspections to ensure adequate and quality periodic inspection of equipment are made to maintain a given level of equipment safety. Maintains adequate and appropriate records of current inventory of track conditions, maintenance program and railroad maintenance personnel knowledge and ability. Maintains adequate and appropriate records of carrier track inspection and related records. Prepares the required daily, monthly and annual reports.


Implements and monitors training and safety activities. Monitors track gang operations to determine quality of work and adherence to safety rules and regulations, maintenance and inspector personnel qualifications and performance. Trains state inspector trainees as required. Determines the need for and conducts safety meetings and training sessions for railroad employees regarding proper inspections and maintenance procedures. Coordinates track safety actvities with other related railroad safety activities.


Maintains liaison with division and general officers of the carriers, shippers, labor organization and other appropriate officials. Makes recommendations for developing new or modified track standards and inspection procedures based on federal guidelines and special assignments. Assists in update of Rail Highway Crossing Inventory, provide technical evaluation of rail projects and attend meetings.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Extensive knowledge of rail operating practices and laws. Knowledge of general railroad operating and safety procedures and practices. Knowledge and skill at applying customer service techniques. Knowledge and skill at coordination of projects and activities. Skill in interpreting and evaluating compliance with federal hazardous materials transportation regulations. Skill in operating a personal computer and associated software (word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, etc.). Ability to effectively deal with sometimes confrontational regulatory activity. Ability to effectively communicate safety issues to public and regulated industries both verbally and in writing.  Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignment with high attention to detail. Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques. Ability to work independently. Ability to prepare correspondence and reports relative to work requirements. Ability to inspect rail cars (extensive walking, climbing and lifting up to 50 pounds).


REQUIRED LICENSURE/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION: Under 351.36 Florida Statutes, the incumbent of this position must be certified as a qualified railroad inspector by the Federal Railroad Administration, meeting the qualifications and requirements outlined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations 212 pertaining to inspectors in the track discipline. The holder of this position must meet this requirement within 12 months of hire date. This deadline may be extended an additional 6 months with sufficient progress toward certification, as determined by the supervisor.


OTHER JOB RELATED REQUIREMENTS: Position requires frequent travel. Position is a telecommuting position and will require employee to have an in-home office space. Position often requires after-hours and weekend work in some situations (e.g. hurricane recovery, incident investigation, special investigations, etc.). A valid Class E drivers license is required.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A high school diploma or its equivalent and three years of technical rail experience in the discipline to which the position is assigned.


As a CANDIDATE, you may be required to provide documentation (i.e. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENCY, college transcripts, ETC.) to verify meeting these Minimum Qualifications.


THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VALUES THE SERVICE VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE GIVEN TO OUR COUNTRY AND SUPPORTS THE HIRING OF RETURNING SERVICE MEMBERS AND MILITARY SPOUSES. If you are a preference-eligible applicant who receives notice of a hiring decision and believe that you were not afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law and regulation, you may file a written complaint within 60 calendar days from the date you receive the notice, requesting an investigation to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee