Chief Engineer



At the Belt Railway Company of Chicago (“BRC”), Safety is a core value of how we do business. Each and every day, our employees are committed to approach one another about safety, which is key in realizing our vision. Employees are also expected to comply with company and federal safety & health regulations, safety rules & policies, as well as procedures that guide work practices to reduce risk to exposure.  Such work practices include but are not limited to wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns, and taking appropriate actions in the event of an emergency.

This position reports to BRC’s President & General Manager


  • Directly manage and supervise BRC’s Track, B&B, Signal and Communications Departments, consisting of approximately 100 schedule employees and 5 managers
  • Prioritize, plan, and direct assignment of manpower, materials, and equipment including annual capital planning as well as monthly/weekly/daily project planning
  • Ensure the safety, productivity and quality of all capital and operating maintenance activity
  • Direct cost-effective execution and optimize the safety and availability of the BRC infrastructure
  • Consistently administer labor policies and practices across the division and manage the resolution of local labor issues and disputes, as needed
  • Manage capital equipment across division to optimize necessary fleet size and ensure high quality operation and maintenance practices by operators
  • Supervise BRC Engineering managers
  • Effectively plan and coordinate activities and resources so that deadlines and objectives are met
  • Maintain positive working relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization, including working difficult issues within and across departmental boundaries and handling conflicting demands from multiple supervisors
  • Maintain a positive outlook and motivate individuals and the team to higher levels of achievement by creating enthusiasm, a feeling of investment and a desire to excel
    • Make decisions and take action with consideration for a wide range of factors beyond the immediate situation and an understanding of the future desired state of the organization
    • Display a high energy level and an appropriate sense of urgency for taking action and getting things accomplished, while maintaining focus on what is truly important
    • Demonstrate a genuine interest in the learning and development of others by assessing individual abilities, strengths and development needs and facilitating a plan for development
    • Actively promote and foster diversity within the work environment by building on differences among people as a way to promote new ideas and thinking and treating others with dignity and respect

The duties and responsibilities in this posting are representative categories to be used in deciding whether to apply for this position. This is not an exhaustive list of the position’s duties.


  • Extreme all-weather conditions
  • Walk and perform work on uneven surfaces
  • Safety-sensitive work environment
  • Loud noise and fumes
  • Work on or around heavy and moving machinery


  • Full-time
  • Subject to on call for emergency situations and rotating shifts consisting of days, nights, and weekends and holidays


Approximately 10%


  • Strong skills in Analytical Thinking, Planning and Organizing, Decision Making and People Development
  • Ability to be “on-call” for emergency situations
  • Possess working knowledge of railroad union agreements
  • Show active commitment and urgency for establishing safer work practices toward the ultimate goal of an injury-free work environment
  • Ability to effectively use administrative systems to sort through and track large amounts of information
  • Ability to produce clear, concise, and error-free communications in writing. Comfortable speaking to varying-sized groups
  • Able to work safely in the above working conditions
  • Able to work the above shift/hours
  • Able to meet the above travel requirements
  • Minimum 5 years management experience
  • Previously held a management position beyond first line supervisor
  • Ability to climb on/off equipment
  • Ability to bend, walk, stand and sit occasionally with breaks


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • FRA certification for track and/or bridge inspection
  • Roadway Worker in Charge (RWIC) qualification
  • Previous knowledge/experience of railroad safety and operating rules.
  • Previous knowledge/experience with Train Yard Tech (TYT) Hump Control System


May be offered based on business need

Equal Employment Opportunity

Workforce diversity is an essential part of the Belt Railway’s commitment to quality and to the future. We encourage you to apply, whatever your race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.