PTC Principal Systems Engineering Specialist
Pittsburgh, PA 
Posted 22 days ago
Job Description

About Burns:

Burns Engineering provides professional engineering design and project management services for transportation, facilities, and infrastructure projects. We help our clients attain their strategic goals and initiatives through successful large-scale infrastructure projects. Burns' full-service capabilities include mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, transportation, and energy consulting engineering.

Recently voted a Top Workplace by, we credit our strength as an organization to our talented, driven, vibrant team. Burns is an ENR Top 500 Firm, and has been named an MEP Giant by Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine, as well as a Hot Firm by Zweig. We are industry experts, proven leaders, innovative thinkers, and team players. We put our clients' successes and best interests first, because their success is our success. We have fun at work because we love making a difference in the world. We are looking for high-energy, bright, collaborative individuals who want the opportunity to "write their own story" with us.

Railroad & Transit Team

Burns provides design and construction solutions to help maintain, improve, and expand the nation's railroad and transit infrastructure. We have designed the implementation of critical programs across the country, and support the renewed emphasis on a public transit-oriented lifestyle.

Burns is currently seeking a PTC Principal Systems Engineering Specialist to join our Railroad & Transit team in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Under direct supervision of the project manager, and with the cooperation and guidance of other ranking technical staff, the employee will analyze and define system operational requirements, prepare use-case analysis, designs, test plans, and contract documents (e.g. specifications; SOWs) in accordance with company design standards and client requirements for railroad and public mass transit applications.


  • System engineering efforts to include a lead role in:
    • Elicitation of requirements from primary stakeholders
    • Developing concept of operations
    • Performing use-case analysis for requirement development
    • Defining Functional and non-functional system level requirement development within a requirements management tool with full traceability to design and allocated subsystems
    • Developing System level design and interface definition; providing diagrams for key concepts
    • Developing system level integration testing to verify system implementation
    • Analyzing the system for hazards and define mitigations
  • Assists the design team in the coordination of communications and other special system designs with other disciplines: electrical, mechanical, signals
  • Learns and participates in the execution of specific engineering and design analyses
  • Performs on-site inspections and leads on-site testing efforts
  • Communicate design requirements to contractors and equipment suppliers
  • Assists activities to ensure that development, installation, and operational testing conform to functional specifications, customer requirements, and the FRA Code of Federal Regulations
  • Performs work in the time frame and budget allotted.


  • None


  • Bachelor's degree in electrical, computer or system engineering from a four-year college or university accredited program.
  • Minimum 10 years' of experience.
  • Must have prior experience leading complex system engineering efforts involving a system of systems with four or more major subsystems.


  • Professional Engineering License is preferred but not required.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as logarithms, higher order linear equations, calculus and economic analysis. Ability to apply knowledge to electrical, mechanical, or civil/structural design problems.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge/ability to learn MS Outlook Contact Management systems; MS Excel Spreadsheet software and MS Word, MS PowerPoint Word Processing software.

A demonstrated ability to perform system or project designs with only general technical supervision from the engineering staff. The ability to direct less experienced design team members and work within a design team environment. Potential to exercise independence in performing engineering studies and projects, assessing technical data or engineering plans and performing engineering tasks and plan review functions in a specialization. Ability to balance technical expertise with excellent communication and interpersonal skills for interaction with team and clients. A demonstrated ability to remain abreast of new and current design concepts and techniques. Potential to become a known industry expert in specialization. Must be able to attend client site surveys and/or client meetings 10% of the time. Ability to pass a criminal background check. Ability to pass a drug screen as per client requirement.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; type and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while on client site surveys. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is exposed to a noise level in the work environment that is usually quiet. During client site visits the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; outside weather conditions; risk of electrical shock and vibration.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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