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Communications Engineer Microwave

Date: Jan 13, 2022

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30308

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 29797: B3 Communications Engineer Microwave 


Primary Purpose:

Engineers, designs, and implements RF solutions to enhance railroad operations. Oversees Federal Communication Commission (FCC)compliance with respect to railroad operations.


Principal Duties:

  • Evaluates, designs and develops radio frequency (RF) two way radio systems in the VHF, UHF, and 900MHz for voice & data communications, inventory systems, and remote control locomotives.
  • Prepares and submits FAA-OE technical and physical data for proposed antenna structures and frequencies that could cause obstruction to aviation or interfere with avionics under the Federal Communications Commission's jurisdiction.
  • Generates RF coverage analysis using industry standard software considering frequency, distance, transmitter power, receiver sensitivity, antenna height, antenna gain, variations in terrain, signal obstructions, ambient noise, and interference.
  • Manages the maintenance of the Remedy database for over 2200 FCC licenses and 5000 radio installations for over 37,000 portable, mobile and base radios and 200 plus users.
  • Administration, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and AAR (TTCI) liaison for licensing and operation of RF equipment and antenna structures in conformity to the Federal Code of Regulations existing, and replaces obsolete RF stations. Supports field operations with radio software, equipment problems and modifications.
  • Supports Senior Management on various projects voice radio base stations, mobiles, portables, data radio, PTC, HOT/EOT, highway crossing monitors, wayside detectors, AEI scanners, and Teklogix equipment.
  • Supports NS participation in AAR Wireless Communications Committee. Protects NS frequencies that are licensed from encroachment by other RR's and Industrial Group license applicants. Resolves RF interference problems that NS causes to other companies and other companies cause to NS.


Job Related Experience:

Minimum Level: 3-5 years Preferred Level: 6-10 years



Preferred Level: Bachelor's Degree (BS)


Preferred Majors:

  • Engineering - Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering


Licenses / Certifications: Required: None listed Preferred: FCC license


Technical Skills:

  • MS Visio
  • MS Excel/Spreadsheets
  • MS Outlook
  • MS Word/Word Processing
  • SAP
  • RF Propagation Software


Skills and Abilities:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Identifying and Considering Alternatives
  • Analyzing Problems
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Time Management


Career Path:


Predecessor Jobs:

  • Licensing and Database Administrator
  • Telephone Maintainer
  • Electronic Technician
  • Supervisor Communications
  • Supervisor C&S


Future Jobs:

  • Senior Communications Engineer

Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.


Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Together, we power progress.


On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14042.  This order and the associated federal safety protocols for federal contractors that were issued on September 24, 2021, require covered contractors who work with the federal government to ensure that their employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or approved for a health or religious accommodation by December 8, 2021.  As a covered federal contractor, Norfolk Southern must adhere to these legal requirements. If you are made a conditional job offer, you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, or apply and be approved for a health or religious accommodation prior to your start date

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta