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18 January 2022, Volume 1, Issue 1

4 months ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

Happy New Year! This month is another bumper month for Jobs of the Week with 5x vacancies in Israel, 1 in South Korea and another in Dubai.

Also, we currently have 70+ vacancies listed on our website, so go to www.railpersonnel.com to view and apply.

Our client has been awarded a framework contract with Israel Railways for 5 years for the construction of new overhead lines, maintenance and electrification of existing ones and are looking for the following people to work on this contract starting in April.

Construction Manager (x1), 10 years of experience

Project Engineer (x1), 10 years of experience

Foreman (team manager) (x2), 7 years of experience

Field Supervisor (x2), 7 years of experience

Linesman (x2) for the OCS wagons, 5 years of experience

In Dubai, we are looking for a Maintenance Technician and in South Korea, we're looking for a Chief Designer (Industrial Design).

Regards

Rail Personnel

Press Release

Release Date: December 23, 2021.

Small firm partnerships increase their influence in large projects.

As they prepare to commence work early in 2022 on the design and operational safety of Melbourne’s North East Link Project (NELP), a consortium led by Omada Rail Systems is celebrating the ability of small specialist consortia to play a role in major projects.

Partnerships forged between networks of smaller firms are increasingly influential in winning access to major projects in road and rail, the partners maintain. Client organisations who would typically have awarded large-scale project work to tier one contractors are now recognising the value of specialist consortia in tackling the complexity of large projects.

The NELP consortium brings together a coalition of experts from related specialisms including Omada Rail Systems, ARC, BG&E, Middleton Group, Monarc Environmental and JHA.

Christopher Miller, co-founder and Director of Omada Rail Systems, said: “By completing this project, we will prove that you don’t need to be a tier one level company to take on a project of this size.By working as a collective, we will continue to provide the high level of service that Omada’s clients have become used to.”

The human factors and safety assurance elements of the work will be handled by Abbott Risk Consulting (ARC) an engineering safety consultancy represented by its expert consultants inAustralia and the UK.ARC is an employee-owned small company operating globally in the transport, energy, nuclear and defence sectors.

Its Melbourne office is led by Siobhan Telling, who is proud of ARC’s track record in achieving the best outcomes for clients across Australia’s rail network.She said:“In any large-scale project, the question is, how do we best respond to the brief?This is essentially about selecting the best and most experienced team to take the field.

“With the best will in the world, the complexity of modern engineering projects mean that you are unlikely to be able to find all that expertise in a single organisation.At ARC, we work with like-minded partners, on projects large and small, with a shared interest is delivering the best value and outcomes to clients from our collective expertise.”

ARC’s Human Factors expertise in Australia has been strengthened with the recruitment of Bronwen Clulow to its Melbourne Team.She previously worked on HF safety projects in the aviation sector and was attracted by ARC’s culture and values- including the avoidance of a top-down hierarchy and the bureaucracy that can often afflict large organisations.

She said:“Human Factors is now widely understood as a discipline to be an essential element of any engineering safety case.Aligning design with operational safety is where human factors play such an important role in underpinning the safety of our transport networks.In every project, we must assess those risks and eliminate them through the application of design, training and operational best practice.”

NELP is one of Victoria’s largest ‘Big Build’ projects and will deliver a new freeway connection between the M80 Ring Road and an up-graded Eastern Freeway, completing the missing link in the city’s Metropolitan Ring Road.The work will include the construction of Victoria’s longest twin road tunnel alongside 34 km of walking and cycleways and align with the existing rail network in a transport interchange.The project is scheduled for completion in 2028.

The project will also introduce Melbourne’s first dedicated busway and new public open spaces, including the planting of more than 30,000 trees.Full details of the project’s scope can be found here https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/north-east-link-program

ARC’s mission is to keep people and their environment safe.The company has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and throughout the UK.

Further information from:

Bronwen Clulow, Human Factors Consultant, ARC Melbourne Office: +61 (0) 3 9900 6266

Graham Birse, Communications Consultant, ARC M: 00 11 44 7813 604830 (UK)

Jobs of the Week

Overhead Linesman, Yehoshua, Israel

Job ID#: 13412

Discipline: Overhead Line Construction

Language: English

Positions Available: 2

Job Description:

Our client has been awarded a framework contract with Israel Railways for 5 years for the construction of new overhead lines, maintenance and electrification of existing ones and are looking for 2 Linesmen for the OCS wagons to work on this contract starting in April.

All candidates should have their experience in OCS with the European form (TSI).

The Client will pay all living expenses (house rent, food, transport, communication etc.), as well as relocation expenses.

Job Requirements

At least 5 years of experience working as a Linesman on overhead work

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Field Supervisor, Yehoshua, Israel

Job ID#: 13411

Discipline: Overhead Line Construction

Language:English

Positions Available: 2

Job Description:

Our client has been awarded a framework contract with Israel Railways for 5 years for the construction of new overhead lines, maintenance and electrification of existing ones and are looking for 2 Field Supervisors to work on this contract starting in April.

All candidates should have their experience in OCS with the European form (TSI).

The Client will pay all living expenses (house rent, food, transport, communication etc.), as well as relocation expenses.

Job Requirements

At least 7 years of experience working as a Field Supervisor on overhead line construction

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Foreman, Yehoshua, Israel

Job ID#: 13410

Discipline: Overhead Line Construction

Language:

Positions Available: 2

Job Description:

Our client has been awarded a framework contract with Israel Railways for 5 years for the construction of new overhead lines, maintenance and electrification of existing ones and are looking for 2 Foremen (team manager) to work on this contract starting in April.

All candidates should have their experience in OCS with the European form (TSI).

The Client will pay all living expenses (house rent, food, transport, communication etc.), as well as relocation expenses.

Job Requirements

At least 7 years of experience working as a Foreman on overhead line construction

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Project Engineer, Yehoshua, Israel

Job ID#: 13409

Discipline: Overhead Line Construction

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client has been awarded a framework contract with Israel Railways for 5 years for the construction of new overhead lines, maintenance and electrification of existing ones and are looking for a project Engineer to work on this contract starting in April.

All candidates should have their experience in OCS with the European form (TSI).

The Client will pay all living expenses (house rent, food, transport, communication etc.), as well as relocation expenses.

Job Requirements

At least 10 years of experience working as a Project Engineer on overhead

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Construction Manager, Yehoshua, Israel

Job ID#: 13408

Discipline: Overhead Line Construction

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client has been awarded a framework contract with Israel Railways for 5 years for the construction of new overhead lines, maintenance and electrification of existing ones and are looking for a Construction Manager to work on this contract starting in April.

All candidates should have their experience in OCS with the European form (TSI).

The Client will pay all living expenses (house rent, food, transport, communication etc.), as well as relocation expenses.

Job Requirements

At least 10 years of experience working as a Construction Manager on overhead line construction

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Maintenance Technician, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13396

Discipline: Maintenance

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

This international client is seeking a Maintenance Technician who has experience in power plants and systems based on a 2 year renewable contract.

You need to be able to perform all critical maintenance activities at a power plant.

This role will entail working day and night shifts.

Job Requirements

Background in either electrical or mechanical system

good communication skills

be a strong team member

Contact: Jackie Hendry (jackie@railpersonnel.com)

Chief Designer (Industrial design), Uiwang-city, South Korea

Job ID#: 13141

Discipline: Rolling Stock

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a global heavy industry company covering a wide range of business sectors, from railway through to defense, plant, machinery and the environment.

Their Railway Division supplies various types of vehicles including EMUs, high speed trains, LRVs, DMUs, locomotives, passenger coaches and freight trains, not only domestically but also to 35 countries across the world.

Their Railway R&D Center plans to establish an in-house design team to create a unique brand and innovative designs for all our rail vehicle business and are looking for an experienced chief designer (industrial design) a to join the team in Uiwang-city, South Korea.

Roles & Responsibilities :

- Lead entire industrial design development from bid to implementation design via suppliers (service agencies).

- Co-ordination of both internal engineers and external clients to achieve final design confirmation.

- Communicates (Reporting) with senior management, Creation and presentation of proposals to clients.

- Develop value propositions and identify opportunities with a strategy for rail vehicle design.

- Planning and communicating the vision of the company.

- Fostering the capabilities of the team members to an international level.

- Mentoring of Junior designers and Assistant Designers on assigned tasks.

- Brand generation and application.

Job Requirements

Qualifications :

- Bachelor's degree minimum and/ or high level experience in the field of industrial design within the railway industry or automotive industry. (Minimum 15 years rail vehicle design experience with evidence of exceptional ability, preferred)

- Ability to engage and build positive relationships with customer, employees and suppliers (service agencies).

- Excellent oral and written communication skills, problem solving and solution building skills.

- Experience of cross-functional knowledge with regards to vehicle integration and material selection for Manufacture & Assembly.

- Sensitivity to CMF and future trends in design and aesthetic preferences across different market segments.

Contact: Jackie Hendry (jackie@railpersonnel.com)

Rail News

10 January 2022. Qatar. First section of Lusail tram network opens

THE first 5.5km section of light railway opened on January 1 in Lusail, a new city located north of Doha. The section runs underground from Legtaifiya, where it interchanges with the Doha Metro, to Energy City South, with stops at Marina, Marina Promenade, Yacht Club and Esplanade. The full 34km network will eventually serve 25 at-grade and seven underground stations along four lines with a connection with the Doha Metro, and will be catenary-free above ground.

Source: International Railway Journal

10 January 2022. China. China unveils new bullet train ahead of Winter Olympics

China has launched a customised Fuxing bullet train with the capacity to run at a top speed of 350km/hour. As part of its inaugural journey, the train travelled along the high-speed railway connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway will support passenger services for the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will run from 21 January to 16 March.

Source: Railway Technology

7 January 2022. UK. HS2 unveils images of first landscaped ‘green tunnels’

HS2 has revealed images of the longest of three innovative ‘green tunnels’ that will be built across Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire to help blend the new high-speed rail line into the landscape and reduce disruption for residents. The one-and-a half-mile long Greatworth tunnel will be built in Derbyshire before being shipped to site and assembled over the railway line as it passes the village. It will then be covered with earth and landscaped to fit into the surrounding countryside. Designed as an ‘m’ shaped double arch, the tunnel will have two separate halves for southbound and northbound trains.

Source: Rail UK

5 January 2022. Romania. Alstom Chosen to Maintain Bucharest’s Metro Fleet

Bucharest’s metro network operator Metrorex has chosen Alstom to continue providing maintenance services for its fleet of 82 trains until 2036. Totalling 492 cars, the trains run an average of 8.5 million kilometres each year. Alstom has worked with Metrorex since 2004. A team of 350 staff provide maintenance services and refurbishments for the operator’s rolling stock and have increased train availability from 56 to 99.96 percent.

Source: Railway-News

29 December 2021. Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia Railways and Uber roll out new passenger transport service

Saudi Arabia Railways has teamed up with Uber to transport passengers from the train stations to their final destinations. Under the partnership, agreed for an initial two years, the ride-hailing company will serve Riyadh and Qassim on the northern line and Riyadh, Hofuf and Dammam on the eastern route, SAR said in a statement on Tuesday. The service will enable rail passengers to use the Uber mobile app to book onward transport directly, before reaching their destination stations.

Source: The National

29 December 2021. Iraq. Iran – Iraq rail link agreement signed

An agreement has been signed to complete the 30 km Shalamcheh – Basra railway which would connect the national rail networks of Iran and Iraq. Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and Iraqi Republic Railways expect to establish a joint venture within two months to implement the long-planned project.

Source: Source: Railway Gazette International

23 December 2021. Australia. CPB-Ghella JV wins Sydney Airport Metro contract

Station Boxes and Tunnelling contract will involve four hard rock Tunnel Boring Machines.

The NSW Government has awarded a $1.3bn (A$1.8bn) contract for the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport Station Boxes and Tunnelling Works (WSA-SBT). This contract has been secured by Cimic Group’s CPB Contractors, in joint venture (JV) with Ghella. Under this Sydney Metro-WSA-SBT contract, nearly 9.8km of new twin metro rail tunnels will be designed as well as constructed in two sections.

Source: Railway Technology

23 December 2021. UK. Greater Anglia trains clock up equivalent miles of 31 return trips to the moon

Greater Anglia’s new trains have now clocked up over 15 million miles – the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back 31 times. The company has continued throughout the pandemic to bring new trains into passenger service as part of its mission to replace every single train on its network – and now has a total of 102 new trains in its fleet. During 2021, the company saw a further 32 new trains make the journey from the Alstom factory in Derby to Greater Anglia’s network.

Source: Rail UK

21 December 2021. United States. New York MTA awards $2∙9bn Penn Station Access contract

New York MTA has awarded a 63-month design and build contract to a joint venture Halmar International and RailWorks for work on the Penn Station Access programme. To be completed within a budget of $2∙9bn, the programme covers the four-tracking of a 30 km section of Amtrak’s Hell Gate line which links New York with Westchester as part of the Northeast Corridor. This will enable Metro-North commuter trains to share the route with Northeast Regional and Acela Express inter-city services. Amtrak is contributing $500m to the project, which is due for completion in 2026.

Source: Railway Gazette International

21 December 2021. China. Wuxi opens fourth metro line

Wuxi metro Line 4 was opened for revenue service on December 17, following a formal inauguration by the city’s Mayor, Du Xiaogang, Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee. Designated as the Purple Line on the city’s metro map, the 25·4 km north-south line connects Liutan to Wuxi Taihu International Expo Center, serving 18 stations of which four are interchanges. Connections are provided to Line 1 at Liutan and Civic Center, to Line 2 at Heliekou and Line 3 at Sheng’an.

Source: Metro Report International

17 December 2021. UK. HS2 creates first of 56 giant piers for UK’s longest rail bridge

The construction of the UK’s longest railway bridge took another major step forward this week with the start of work on the first of 56 giant concrete piers that will support the Colne Valley Viaduct as it crosses a series of lakes on the outskirts of London. Stretching for 3.4km, the viaduct – being built as part of the HS2 rail project – will carry high speed trains travelling at speeds of up to 200mph between the outskirts of Hillingdon and the M25 on their way to Birmingham and the north.

Source: Rail UK

17 December 2021. Germany. Frankfurt’s metro network to switch to digital control system

Siemens Mobility will work with Frankfurt transportation company VGF in refurbishing the city’s metro network with a Communication Based Train Control System (CBTC). The contract marks the first major rollout of a CBTC system in a German city. Siemens’ Trainguard MT CBTC solution will replace the current conventional train control system in order to enable trains running at shortened intervals, possibly every 2 minutes. This should increase maximum line capacity by 25 percent in some cases, while at the same time reduce energy consumption.

Source: Rail Tech

16 December 2021. Japan. ATACS to support ATO on Tokyo suburban routes

East Japan Railway has confirmed plans to install its ATACS radio-based train control on Tokyo suburban lines over the next decade, in order to support an expansion of driver-only and automatic train operation. Announcing the timescale for implementation of ATO and ATACS on the Yamanote Loop and Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR East explained on December 7 that it was faced with the need to meet Sustainable Development Goals, reform its employees’ working patterns, and improve the economic performance of its suburban train services. The operator is looking to move eventually to Grade of Automation 3, replacing drivers by train attendants.

Source: Metro Report International

16 December 2021. Philippines. New train sets for MRT-7 unveiled

Six new train sets of the Metro Rail Transit-7 (MRT-7) were unveiled on Thursday as part of the first batch of 36 train sets acquired by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) for the mass transport project. In a statement, SMC said the train sets are part of the 108 needed for the MRT-7. "MRT-7 is a vital cog in our long-term goal to develop an integrated and interconnected transportation system where people from all income levels can get around and beyond the metropolis, quickly and efficiently," SMC president and chief executive officer Ramon S. Ang said in the statement.

Source: CNN Philippines​