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PTC Sr. Technology Engineer

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30308

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 32916:

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Job Description

Norfolk Southern Corporation is seeking a PTC (Positive Train Control) Senior Technology Engineer based in Atlanta, Georgia.  The PTC Senior Technology Engineer will manage project teams dedicated to integration of the PTC locomotive based computer system to back office systems.  The individual will interface with IT management, IT operations, and other necessary leadership to develop and design integrations to support Norfolk Southern’s transportation systems.  This position requires occasional domestic travel approximately 5% of the time.

Job Duties:

  • Develop and maintain expertise in Company’s technical domain of its PTC system.
  • Administer and maintain PTC system using railroad industry products and services.
  • Monitor PTC applications, including performance metrics for numerous production systems.
  • Identify root cause for all technical issues of PTC system and recommending solutions.
  • Provide support for lab and field testing of PTC back office and integrated applications.
  • Participate in periodic meetings with vendor, defect coordination, and plan strategies for product upgrades.
  • Maintain support processes, identify issues, and resolve problems relating to applications and infrastructure. 
  • Monitor/ensure services and components continue to meet all of the agreed upon performance targets and service levels. 
  • Document design plan, implementation guide, design requirements, configuration management guide, design architecture and engineering development guide, and user guide to administer all the PTC back office systems. 
  • Provide application support and maintenance for PTC back office systems.
  • Triage and analyze production issues regarding PTC operations. 
  • Investigate and resolve issues to resume train operations.
  • Configure and support vendor products like back office segments, application gateways in support of PTC operation.
  • Enable federation with foreign railroads and coordinate interoperability testing with federated railroads.
  • Participate in PTC industry meetings with other railroads.
  • Administer PTC back office server, the core system for operating PTC onboard systems.
  • Management of all the security artifacts related to PTC systems using the public key infrastructure.
  • Administer and maintain the PTC systems management products.
  • Collaborate with the PTC vendors and validate that the product received meets the Norfolk Southern standards and if not, making sure it is represented on both ends until compromise is reached.
  • Install and use all the tools provided by vendors to improve the development, testing, and monitoring processes.
  • Communicate with the business and other teams to define system interface requirements.
  • Mentor others regarding setup and development of integration technologies.
  • Analyze and resolve technical issues independently.


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related, relevant field (equivalent foreign degree accepted).
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in development and support of applications. This experience must include at least seven (7) years of experience:
    • In application programming using Java;
    • In application development using Integration; and
    • In transactional processing using messaging techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Use web and backend development frameworks;
    • Utilize relational database experiences including both Oracle and SQL; and
    • Oversee and lead a team with customer support focus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • Performance metrics, troubleshooting, and vendor management;
    • Computer systems integration;
    • XML, Web Services, JavaScript, Messaging, WebSphere, and HTML; and
    • Transportation industry and logistics industry experience.


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.


Effective December 8, 2021, NS has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to NS, could be upheld in court in the near future. If the mandate is upheld, NS employees will be required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation.

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