Rail Vehicle Engineer

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, US

  • Closing Date
  • 29/04/2024

Job Description


Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Rail Vehicle Engineer

Location: USA – Sacremento, California

Salary: $80k - $130k per annum

Role ID: 2023-2280


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world.

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


The Role

Ricardo is a leading player in the transportation industry, dedicated to revolutionizing high-speed rail systems. We are committed to excellence and innovation, working tirelessly to deliver innovative solutions that redefine the future of transportation.


Key Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Senior Rolling Stock Engineer, the Rail Vehicle Engineer will play a pivotal role in providing rolling stock support services. This includes conducting comprehensive reviews of international high-speed trainset/train systems best practices, developing trainset systems requirements and performance specifications, and supporting the trainset procurement process.  Additionally, the Rail Vehicle Engineer will be instrumental in supporting industry development of high-speed rail regulations and standards, while ensuring seamless coordination with various operating agencies to maintain interface integrity. The position is based in the Rail Engineering Section, which forms an integral part of the Rail and Operations Delivery Branch.


Key Competencies and Experience

  • Procurement Support: Assist in trainset procurement activities, conduct research on industry best practices, refine trainset performance specifications and associated RFP documents, and ensure compliance with FRA Code of Federal Regulations
  • Technical Support: Provide rolling stock technical support to CHSR regional teams, engineering teams and various working groups.
  • Coordination: Coordinate efforts with external agencies such as FRA, state and local agencies, and vehicle manufacturers to address new requirements and technologies.
  • Regulatory Support: Assist in federal and industry development of high-speed rail regulations and standards.

Skills and Behaviours

  • Recent graduate with a strong interest in technical research and knowledge-sharing.
  • Knowledge of high-speed rail systems, trainsets, regulations and industry best practices.
  • Ability to conduct thorough research, write specifications, and support procurement processes.
  • Excellent communication skills with the capacity to engage with industry stakeholders effectively.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and familiarity with CADD (AutoCAD, MicroStation, etc).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering preferred, or relevant bachelor’s degree with demonstrated expertise.
  • Familiarity with transportation projects and rolling stock equipment regulations/standards is desirable.

If you are enthusiastic about shaping the future of high-speed rail and possess the skills and drive to excel in this role, we want to hear from you.


Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place. We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on. Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.