State of Oregon Track Compliance Inspector (ODOT18-2639OC) in To Be Determined (as stated in job posting), Oregon

Track Compliance Inspector (ODOT18-2639OC)



Track Compliance Inspector (ODOT18-2639OC)


$59,340.00 - $87,636.00 Annually


To Be Determined (as stated in job posting), OR

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ODOT18-2639OC – Eugene; Salem

Railroad Compliance Inspector – Track Compliance Inspector

Oregon Department of Transportation

Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD)

Have you worked in the railroad industry? Do you have a passion for rail safety? Bring your railroad compliance experience to ODOT's Rail and Public Transit Division! In this role, you will administer the Track Safety Program for freight and passenger rail safety. You will ensure compliance with track laws and regulations through enforcement and technical consultation.

This position is responsible for independent and assisted track inspections to determine the conditions of

  • Roadbed

  • Track structure

  • Track geometry and track-related devices

  • Bridge and walkway clearance

  • Accident and complaint investigations and

  • Determines and initiates sanctions to compel compliance.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

Additional Details

  • This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

  • This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:30am, but we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. The next round of screening is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2018. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

  • This position may be located in Eugene or Salem. Location will be determined based on the preference of the successful candidate.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Inspect the design, construction, condition, maintenance, and repair of railroad track, track roadway, roadway facilities, bridges, culverts, and other track supporting structures.

  • Schedule periodic inspections.

  • Evaluate and report on requests of railroads to abandon or downgrade its track structure.

  • Audit and analyze railroad company track equipment inspections and maintenance records.

  • Determine and initiate sanction to compel compliance.

  • Investigate and review documents of accidents, incidents and unacceptable track safety practices.

  • Recommend procedural changes to facilitate compliance or improve conditions.

  • Respond to regulatory complaints from the public, railroad personnel, labor organizations, public officials, and police and emergency service providers concerning unsafe railroad practices or alleged non-compliance.

  • Act as a department expert in track safety.

  • Administer Oregon's Track Safety Program.

  • Assist Rail Safety Section manager to develop standards and procedures.

  • Evaluate program operations.

  • Analyze, evaluate, and prepare technical documents for existing and proposed rule changes.

  • Develop, compile, analyze, and maintain and distribute statistical data.

Working Conditions

  • Must stand and/or walk continuously for hours at a time

  • Must work cooperatively in a team environment

  • May be required to meet at the scene of an accident, the railroad, or witness's home to gather statements.

  • The majority of work is performed outdoors in inclement weather and temperature extremes.

  • Requires frequent daily and overnight travel.

  • Occasional out-of-state travel.

  • Must be able to bend, twist, and climb repeatedly to take measurements or photos.

  • Must be prepared to respond to accident investigations at a moment's notice.

  • Occasional contact with a variety of people of diverse opinions, and handle complex and controversial issues with tact and diplomacy.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four (4) years of recent (within the last five (5) years) experience in track construction or maintenance


  • Two (2) years of recent (within the last five (5) years) experience in track construction or maintenance


  • A bachelor's degree in engineering


  • Successful completion of the Federal Railroad Administration apprentice training program. Proof of completion of the apprentice program must accompany the application.

Special Qualifications

  • Employee will be required to use a vehicle to conduct business; you must possess and maintain a current, valid driver license and acceptable driving record.

  • Have and maintain certification for Track Safety with the Federal Railroad Administration or be able to obtain certification within 12 months of hire.

Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria

In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview. You are not required to have all of these attributes, but please make sure you have clearly demonstrated the attributes you do have in your application materials. We may grade your application on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.

  • Experience analyzing inspection data

  • Experience composing clear, complete and grammatically correct reports

  • Experience and/or training in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and conflict resolution skills

Additional Information


We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply, please follow these steps.

  • Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.

  • The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

  • Complete the supplemental questions.

Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, we will have to disqualify your application. We cannot consider incomplete or late applications.

Pre-employment Checks

We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates, including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.

Veteran's Points

We will give eligible veterans who meet the qualifications, veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Please title your DD214 like this, "[Your Last Name] DD214" and your disability letter "[Your Last Name] Disability Letter." Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Work Authorization

ODOT does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three days of hire, successful candidates will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.


  • For questions about the job announcement or application process, call 503-378-8139 or email

  • For technical help accessing your account, call 1-855-524-5627 (support hours are M-F, 6am-5pm PT) or email

Oregon Department of Transportation

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12

355 Capitol St NE

Salem OR 97301-3871

Fax 1-503-986-3895

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact the employee civil rights and diversity manager at 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.


Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.