Railroad Track Inspector - Bismarck - job 636457

State of North Dakota

Date: 02/23/2021

City: Bismarck, North Dakota

Employment type: Full-time

Closing date extended to expand the applicant pool. Previous applicants do not need to reapply.


Hiring Range: $5,500 โ€“ $7,500/Month depending on experience


Benefits: T he ND Public Service Commission offers challenging work opportunities, a full range of employee benefits including a comprehensive employer-paid health plan, paid leave, a retirement plan, flexible work hours, and more. For more information, go to our website at www.psc.state.nd.us .


The North Dakota Public Service Commission (Commission) is seeking to hire a highly skilled rail track inspector capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.


The inspector will enforce State and Federal safety regulations that apply to railroad track and railroad workers. The objective of this position is to minimize the risk of human casualty and societal loss due to train accidents caused by defective conditions of railroad track and structures, or hazardous working conditions for railroad employees. The demands of the position require skills in evaluation, fact-finding, report writing, comprehension and application of technical and regulatory standards, and the ability to gain cooperation of individuals and organizations. The inspector will be an employee of the Commission and will coordinate regularly with the Federal Rail Administration (FRA).


Summary of Work



  • Perform inspections and monitoring functions to assure compliance with Federal safety and health regulations among railroads, railroad employees, and contractors assigned to railroads within North Dakota. The principal subjects of inspection, monitoring, and enforcement are:

  • The safety of railroad track, roadway, and roadway facilities, including bridges, culverts and other track-supporting structures.


  • Working procedures and safety provisions for railroad employees engaged in work on and near active track and at heights on bridges and other structures.



  • Investigate complaints from railroad employees, the general public, or Legislative or governmental representatives involving unsafe conditions of track or the other subject areas of responsibility, and interviews complainants, railroad officials, and any parties as required for proper investigation of the complaint.

  • Initiates and maintains contacts with employees in other Federal, State and local government agencies, as well as mid-level officials of the railroads and rail labor organizations in relation to enforcement of Federal railroad safety regulations.

  • Represent the Commission at public meetings, hearings, and conferences for the purpose of providing awareness and understanding of state and federal laws relating to rail safety.


The job requires extensive travel. Employee must have a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record.


Minimum Qualifications


Five years of railroad related work experience that included the following:



  • Experience in the railroad industry that has provided you with the knowledge of general railroad safety health principles and practices, as well as railroad investigation and inspection techniques.

  • Experience applying 49 CFR Parts 213 and 214 standards and regulations for the purpose of inspecting and identifying track and roadway worker safety deficiencies.


The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:



  • The railroad industry, including economic and operating considerations and equipment.

  • General safety and health principles and practices applicable to the railroad industry.

  • Railroad accident investigation techniques.

  • Railroad track system construction, maintenance, testing, or inspection techniques.

  • Safety criteria for track structure and engineering.

  • Federal railroad track safety standards.


In addition, the successful candidate must have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, good math skills, be a team player, work well with the regulated industry and the public; and be able to effectively use computers including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and a variety of other software.


Candidate qualifications will be evaluated by the FRA to ensure, at a minimum, candidate demonstrates basic knowledge and abilities pertaining to the track safety discipline to qualify for the FRA's apprentice-training program.


The successful candidate must achieve FRA inspector certification no later than one year from the date of hire.


Preferred Qualifications



  • Five โ€“ ten years of experience in rail safety or the enforcement of safety regulations at the federal or state level.

  • Completion certificates for applicable inspector training offered by Federal Railroad Administration.

  • Experience analyzing information that can be used while conducting railroad inspections or used to determine probable cause of railroad related collisions, derailments, or other accidents/incidents.

  • Experience writing, presenting, and reporting information pertaining to railroad track safety inspections and investigations to regulators and supervisors.


Application Procedures


Applicants must complete the online application and upload a resume, cover letter, professional references and college transcripts. The cover letter must include a summary of how the applicant's education and work experience are related to the minimum and preferred qualifications. Application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.


For more information about the position or if you need accommodation or assistance in the application or interview process, contact Sheila Zacher at (701) 328-4083, TTY 1-800-366-6888, or 711.


Equal Employment Opportunity


The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.


As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. ยง 23-12-10.





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