Railroad Safety Inspector - Track

Department Of Transportation Warren, PA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.

You will serve as a Railroad Safety Inspector (Track). As an inspector you will enforce Federal safety and health 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, as well as the ability to gain cooperation of individuals and organizations.

This position is perfect for a mid-level professional with a strong technical background in applying current Federal railroad safety track standards, as well as strong analytical and communication skills; and experience with conducting inspections pertaining to railroad track to identify defects; mission focused, and is looking for great health benefits and a stable work-life environment.

PLEASE NOTE: There is 1 position which will be filled in either of the advertised duty locations. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/

This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must telework within the geographic area of the duty location stated above. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. The actual duty location is subject to approval by the Regional Administrator. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.

A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

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The Railroad Safety Inspector (Track):

* Performs inspections and monitoring functions to assure compliance with Federal safety and health regulations among railroads, railroad employees, and contractors assigned to the geographical territory.

* Investigates 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.

* Performs, either individually, or as a member or leader of a team, investigations of significant train accidents resulting in serious injury to persons or property damage and determines probable cause of accident or incident and whether any Federal regulations were violated.

* 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 connection with issues relating to Federal railroad assistance and enforcement of Federal railroad safety regulations.

Travel Required

75% or less - This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* Current Federal Employees

* Former Federal Employees

* Overseas Employees

* Merit Promotion

* Status Candidates



* Schedule A

* Individuals with Disabilities

* Military Spouses

* Peace Corp

* AmeriCorps

* Vista



* 30% Disabled

* Fulbright Fellows, Gilman Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship Program alumni

Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.

* Job family (Series)

2121 Railroad Safety

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be eligible for status consideration & meet specialized experience

* Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

* Position is eligible for Full-time Telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.

* You must meet the Selective Factors to qualify.

* Announcement also advertised Open to all U.S. Citizens: FRA.R2-2018-0083.


* SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

* PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

* INTERVIEW: Applicants may be required to demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for Railroad Safety work.

* DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: The selectees for railroad safety positions will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

* DRUG TEST: This position has been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.

* DRIVER'S LICENSE: Railroad Safety Inspectors travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All Railroad Safety Inspectors are required to possess a valid state drivers license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.

* RELOCATION EXPENSES: Expenses related to relocation (e.g. travel and transportation) will not be paid.

* GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

* TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


To be qualified for a Railroad Track Safety Inspector, you MUST 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.

You must also meet the following Selective Factors:

* 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 Federal railroad track and roadway worker safety standards/regulations for the purpose of inspecting and identifying track and roadway worker safety deficiencies.

For the GS 12, to qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

* Experience conducting track inspections and applying Part 213 and 214 regulations for the purpose of reporting on the safety compliance conditions of the railroad track, facilities, safe working procedures and provisions of the employees, and the surrounding track right-of-way areas and have knowledge of proper remedial action to those conditions.

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

* Experience writing, presenting, and reporting on information pertaining to railroad track safety inspections and investigations.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.