Metropolitan Council

Project Manager, Engineering and Constru...

$4,973.92 - $7,930.92 Monthly
Mar 30, 2012
May 20, 2012
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time
Recruitment Type:  Open to internal and external applicants

Metro Transit is the primary transit service provider for bus, light rail and commuter rail in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, providing 81 million rides in 2011. Metro Transit employs over 2,600 people and operates over 900 buses, 27 light rail vehicles, and 23 commuter rail vehicles. The Engineering and Facilities Department employs 106 people who are responsible for the planning, engineering and maintenance of the agency's bus and rail facilities.

Metro Transit's Facilities Engineering group oversees a capital budget program of $50-$80 million dollars annually and leads the effort to develop, design, and construct transit infrastructure. The current position requires a diverse facility engineering/project management background, as well as supervisory experience.

We are seeking a Lead Project Manager to manage the development, design, construction, and implementation of capital transit projects. This position supervises 3 to 5 staff engineers and coordinators. Primary responsibility is to ensure that project deliveries meet Metro Transit's requirements for schedule, cost, quality and safety.

Example Duties

Position Responsibilities:

  • Supervises a team of 3-5 staff and others in project implementation activities. Has overall responsibility for team's project execution.
  • Manages Metro Transit's responsibilities for planning, design, construction and start-up of capital facility projects, including working with other units of government, project consultants, and construction contractors.
  • Plans, establishes and controls project funding through the finance and grants departments. Oversees interdepartmental discussions related to projects with Service Development, Bus and Rail Operations, Legal, Finance and others as may be required to meet project needs.
  • Prepares and reviews/modifies contract scopes of work, reviews proposals and contract documents. Provides QA and QC oversight on contracts directly managed, and managed by supervised staff.
  • Assists in development of technical policies, procedures and standards for Metro Transit's project activities.
  • Performs other duties directly related to this position as assigned. 


Experience/Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree  from a four-year college or university in engineering or architecture. 
  • Eight (8) or more years of experience in multi-discipline engineering or architectural project management of capital construction projects. 
  • Minimum of four (4) years of supervisory experience or project team leadership 
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of ten (10) pounds.


  • Valid drivers’ license and good driving record.
  • Professional registration from the State of Minnesota or ability to obtain such registration within six months from the date of employment.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of engineering design/construction principles and practices associated with transit systems and facilities, public facilities, support facilities, technology, rail, etc.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local requirements related to transit systems construction.
  • Knowledge of legal and financial aspects of managing large capital projects.
  • Knowledge of developing work programs and budgets; and establishing project schedules and budgets.
  • Ability to read and understand drawings and specifications.
  • Ability to read, interpret and understand A/E and construction contracts.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles in a prescribed technique or style.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups or council members.
  • Ability to interpret and apply mathematics and statistical methods and procedures gained through professional education training.

Supplemental Information
Union/Grade:  Non Represented /11
FLSA Status:
Safety Sensitive:  No

Working Conditions:

The majority of the work is performed in a standard office setting. Some duties may require work to be performed at off site work locations (e.g., field inspections) where the position may be exposed to moving parts, fumes, airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions and vibration. Confined space entry at industry and various facilities is required.
Physical Requirements:

Regularly required to sit for long periods, stand/walk occasionally, around moderate noise, speak, hear normal conversation and telephone ring tones, operate a computer and other office equipment, reach with hands/arms frequently below chest height and occasionally overhead, must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 10 pounds, must have adequate close vision for reading and computer work, as well as distance, color, and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Selection Process:
Candidates will be selected for a selection interview based on the results of:

Education and Experience Rating (supplemental questions)
Oral examination 
Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by case basis.  Convictions reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate's ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note:  Making false statements or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at 612-349-7539. 

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