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Assistant Project Manager - Licensed Engineer - Rail

Sacramento, CA · Architecture/Engineering

DrMcNatty and Associates, is seeking a Licensed Engineer with 4+ years of Rail experience for an Assistant Project Manager (APM) role in Sacramento. This individual will be working on the California High Speed Rail Project. The California High-Speed Rail project is one of the largest planned infrastructure projects in the U.S. The system will connect the 500-mile stretch between the Los Angeles region with the San Francisco Bay Area, with up to 24 stations. This is a full-time direct hire role and the APM will be an employee of DrMcNatty. This candidate must reside in the Sacramento area.  


For over 30 years, DrMcNatty has been an industry leader providing Engineering, Construction, Project Management and Project Controls Solutions to their clients on their Capital Construction Projects. Focused on the Transportation, Utilities, Oil, Gas, Water and other industries, their professionals work on some of the largest Capital Construction Projects in the US. 
They are Certified as a Federal Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and State of California Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE). 


The Assistant Project Manager will be a Licensed Engineer and will serve in a technical support role to Strategic Delivery’s Locally Generated Alternative (LGA) Team and will be responsible for providing support in overseeing the technical designs for preliminary and advanced engineering documents/deliverables, as well as supporting the management and tracking specific tasks and deliverables within the design contract, ensuring that assigned contracts and agreements are administered and managed in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), the State Contracting Manual (SCM) and the California Government Code (GC), as well as management of assigned contracts in accordance with federal and State of California laws and regulations, contract provisions, and the Authority’s policies and procedures.  

In addition, the incumbent will assist in the design oversight of utility and local facility relocations impacted by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) project. 

  • Assist in oversight of technical design for engineering plans, calculations, and reports, including performing a programmatic review of technical submittals to ensure product quality and conformance with applicable design criteria, directive letters, specifications, contract constraints, and applicable laws. 

  • Performs required independent quality assurance and verification inspections of deliverables as directed. 

  • May be required to provide technical support as directed for analysis and interpretation of documents such as reports, studies, and plans to conform to structural engineering codes, third party, local agency design, and engineering requirements, amongst other requirements. These documents range from engineering, right-of-way, environmental services, rail operations, planning, and sustainability; also, the candidate will also support the Sup TE to provide Over the Shoulder review, which is a concurrent review that is coordinated with the various functions of the Authority. 

  • Provide assistance and feedback on innovative technical approaches to meet project milestones and to ensure quality deliverables. 

  • Assist with coordination and solicitation of feedback from internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Assist with documentation of meetings, dissemination of information to necessary internal and external partners, filing of documents and certification in designated electronic repositories, etc. 

  • Review and provide feedback as directed on draft changes to configuration documents related to engineering design on project sections. Coordinates as directed on configuration item changes with internal stakeholders, including Real Property, Infrastructure Delivery, Rail Operations, Engineering Services, Environmental Services,  

  • Planning and Sustainability, and Contract Management. 

  • Assist in the Identification of project risks and helps to identify mitigation as  

  • needed. 

  • Other job-related duties as required. 


  • 4+ years of engineering experience working on rail projects. 

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering  

  • Engineering License 

  • General knowledge of various phases of high-speed rail project development with specific knowledge of the preliminary and detailed design phases for the civil works (alignment, earthworks, drainage, structures, road and public utility diversions, construction method). General knowledge includes coordination with rail systems (track, power supply, overhead contact line, signaling, telecommunications), train operations, construction scheduling and testing and commissioning. 

SmartHire has been retained by DrMcNatty & Associates to assist with their recruiting. 


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