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13th January 2023. Volume 1, Issue 1

over 1 year ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers, Happy New Year!

For the last 25 years, Asia Pacific Rail has brought together more than 25,000 rail leaders from across the globe for the most exclusive and influential railway gathering in the region. 2022 everything bounced back for arguably the most engaging edition to date, with 4 premium theatres of conference content, over 110 industry speakers and 1,700+ attendees. The industry is evolving as the new digital era progresses. As Asia Pacific Rail enters its 25th year, the event will be making some changes too. Bringing you MORE rail operators than ever before, MORE top-class conference content, MORE exhibitors showcasing products and solutions, MORE networking opportunities and above all, MORE opportunities for you to do business.  

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Jobs of the Week this week are in Vietnam and the United States. In Vietnam, we are looking for a Deputy C&I Manager (Depot) to work in Ho Chi Minh City and in the United States, we are looking for a Senior Systems Engineer and a Project Manager to work in Los Angeles, California.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Jobs of the Week

Deputy C&I Manager (Depot), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13637


Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is responsible for the Design & Construction Project for all E&M System (Rolling Stock, Signaling, Telecommunication, Power Supply, OCS, Track work, PSD, AFC, Depot & Workshop Equipment, F-SCADA, Signage & Graphics) for New MRT Line-1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

They are looking for an experienced Construction Manager for the position of Deputy Construction and Installation Manager (Depot). The person will report to the Construction & Installation Manager and will be responsible for assisting in the management of the construction and installation activities for the E&M Systems comprising Signalling, Telecommunications, Platform Screen Doors, FSCADA, Power Supply, Trackwork, OCS, Depot and Workshop Equipment, AFC and Signage/Graphics for the Depot areas of the HCMC Line 1 Project.

The Deputy C&I Manager (Depot) will be responsible for the following works:

* Manage, monitor, and coordinate Subsystems & Subcontractors Wayside and Building works within the Depot areas. Wayside works include:

(i) Track work

(ii) Overhead Contact System

(iii) Cabling and general installation works

Building works include:

(iv) Workshop buildings

(v) Depot & maintenance, operation(OCC) buildings

(vi) Power supply buildings

* Assisting in the development if the installation strategy including number of teams, installation labour supply strategy, installation rate, cycle times (production rates), temporary storage and access locations in accordance with the contract access and completion dates leading up to handover for testing and completion of works in time for Rolling Stock delivery/ testing.

* Using the installation strategy, assist the C& I Manager in the development the Construction and Installation Management Plan and any other necessary plans, and assist in developing coordinated programmes for installation at the depot, stations, ancillary buildings and track (elevated and underground).

* Identifying the installation teams or other resources required to manage the installation activities for the works, supervise the works and other installation management tasks, agreeing implementation with the C&I Manager

* Assisting in the development and implementing the arrangements for site handover from and hand back to the interfacing parties and/or Employer.

* Organising installation risk assessments, developing and implementing installation work method statements incorporating safe working methods required as deliverables for Construction and Installation submissions.

* Manage and coordinate the installation activities of all parties throughout the implementation phase acting as the day-to-day point of contact for internal installers and installation sub-contractors.

* Developing and implementing procedures for site supervision, site safety and security, monitoring progress of the works, installation quality management and installation tests prior to handover for testing.

* Assisting Sub System Managers in the development of the Sub System specific Method Statements and associated documentation required for the works.

* Prepare all necessary documents, plans or reports as required and coordinate relevant parties" teams, members or Authorities.

* Arrangements for progress reporting to the C&I Manager for all works on or off the site as well as documents and related matters.

* Assist in the development, preparation and obtaining acceptance for Construction and As Built design package deliverables. This involves providing support for developing the arrangements as well as identifying priorities and scope of deliverables required.

* Manage the day to day coordination with Civil Contractors for the management of Hitachi Works within the Depot areas

* Establish overall management of the coordinated Hitachi construction activities within the Depot areas by effective management of the sub-contractors Permit to Work applications in conjunction with the CRO Manager

* Assist the HSE Dept. in ensuring all sub-contractors works are in accordance with the safety requirements and alert the HSE Manager in the case of concerns.

The Deputy C&I Manager will be required to liaise with Sub-System Managers covering each of the disciplines and dealing with internal and external suppliers. These sub-systems managers and other managers such as planning, health and safety etc. will assist in providing input to the deliverables in line with the overall installation strategy led by Construction and Installation Manager. The post holder will be required to interact with the Employer, Employer"s Representative, Interfacing Contractors and local authorities in performing the duties and to take on any Tasks related to C&I instructed by the C&I Manager or the Project Manager.


Job Requirements:

Required Skill and knowledge

- 10 years working experience on rails projects

- 7 years experience in construction management for E&M main contractors of same scale Railways projects

- Certificate of Graduation is required (at least bachelor degree of related major)

- Certificate of English (such as TOIEC) is required if mother language is not English.

- Strong skill for speaking & writing in English

- Proven site and contractor management capabilities

- Strong organisational skills

Contact: David Hyland (

Sr. Systems Engineer, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Job ID#: 13634

Discipline: Electrical

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Sr. Systems Engineer to lead the Engineering process of producing railway vehicles and parts.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Perform a wide range of engineering tasks by operating computer‐assisted design (CAD) or other software and equipment.

2. Perform basic testing, determine causes of test failures, and record testing documentation.

3. Assist in designing testing/troubleshooting procedures.

4. Confer with customers, engineers, and others to discuss existing or potential engineering products or projects.

5. Guide vendors in line with requirements described in technical specifications and discuss changes with


6. Ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements by directing or coordinating installation, manufacturing, construction, maintenance, documentation, supporting or testing activities.

7. Prepare specifications for purchases of electrical equipment and materials.

8. Analyze change orders and design changes during the course of customer reviews and determine project feasibility.

9. Responsible for creating and updating schedules for documents and technical problem solving.


Job Requirements

* Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field required.

* Practical knowledge in both electrical, mechanical & SW engineering.

* Extensive knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn KI rail vehicle and its operation, test, and maintenance.

* Experience in design engineering/development of power converters for railway systems such as propulsion and braking systems and auxiliary power supply preferred.

* Practical experiences in using the federal regulations and other official standards (e.g., AAR, APTA, IEEE, ASME, EN, MIL, etc.) for the U.S. rail market a plus.

* Proactive problem solver on both technical and non‐technical issues.

Contact: Malaika Mukoro (

Project Manager, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Job ID#: 13633

Discipline: Transportation

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Project Manager to assist in overseeing and directing the current program with LA Metro. Communicates directly with customer, KI sub-contractors, vendors, and internal departments regarding project cost, scheduling and daily operations. Liaison between KI and LA Metro, sub-contractors, and vendors, preparing project status reports and works to ensure all work adheres to contract specifications. A wide degree of sound judgment, creativity and latitude is expected.

Primary Responsibilities:

* Work with Project Scheduler to update schedule including; assist in negotiating master project schedule and subcontractor schedules, CDRLs, testing, etc.

* Support project cost-to-complete estimates and quarterly project forecasts.

* Responsible for the review and submittal of documentation to both the customer and suppliers.

* Attend internal project review meetings, provides correspondence and open items status.

* Manage the documentation closeout of project action items.

* Develop presentation packages for submittal and meetings.

* Administrative support in coordinating meetings with customer and/or subcontractor meetings.

* Coordination of tests between Engineering, Quality and/or Commissioning Test Teams and the Customer.


Job Requirements

* Bachelor's Degree required.

* 10+ years relevant transportation project management experience

* Knowledge of Primavera project management

* Superior organizational, communication and people skills

Contact: Malaika Mukoro (

Rail News

12 January 2023. Australia. Siemens to supply driverless trains for Sydney Metro Western Airport line

Turnkey contract also includes depot and maintenance over 15 years. SIEMENS Mobility has released further details about the contract it has been awarded to supply 12 three-car driverless trains for the Sydney Metro’s Western Sydney Airport project, as well as a rolling stock depot where it will undertake maintenance of the new fleet for 15 years. Siemens Mobility forms part of the Parklife Metro consortium, also including Webuild, RATP Dev, Siemens Financial Services and the Plenary Group, which last month was awarded the turnkey stations, systems, trains, operations and maintenance (SSTOM) contract for the Western Sydney Airport project.

Source: International Railway Journal

12 January 2023. Australia. New Cross River Rail stabling yard put to the test

With Queensland’s Cross River Rail project progressing, trains are starting to test the stabling capacity of the newly-expanded Mayne Yard train depot, marking the next step in the state’s large-scale rail investment. Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said Queensland Rail was testing the new facility delivered through the Cross River Rail project ahead of its use. “Mayne Yard North is the first step in preparation for the pipeline of rail investment we’ll see over coming years,” Mr Bailey said. The new stabling facility will allow up to 17 six-car trains to be stabled on site, boosting stabling capacity at the inner-city depot.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

11 January 2023. United States. New York Governor Announces Interborough Express Light Rail Project

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that New York’s Interborough Express service will be constructed as a light rail line following a recent Planning and Environmental Linkages study. The Interborough Express project was initially announced in 2022 to connect communities in Brooklyn and Queens to 17 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road. This service will significantly reduce travel times along a 14-mile corridor in the two boroughs. For example, journey times between Brooklyn and Queens would be reduced by up to 30 minutes each way.

Source: Railway-News

11 January 2023. Chile. Thales wins contracts for Santiago metro project in Chile

The company will design, deploy, test and commission the OCC for the new Line 7 of the Santiago metro. France-based Thales has secured two contracts for the delivery and maintenance of the operation control centre (OCC) for the new Line 7 of the Santiago metro in Chile. Under the first contract, the company will design, deploy, test and commission the OCC for the new Line 7, which will link the city from west to east. The OCC is said to command and supervise energy equipment and auxiliary systems, including elevators, escalators, lighting and ventilation equipment, at the new line’s 19 stations.

Source: Railway Technology

11 January 2023. Egypt. Japan lends Egypt $306m towards cost of Line 4 of Cairo’s metro

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed a loan worth up to $306m to fund part of Line 4 of the Cairo metro. The money will go towards the first phase of the scheme, an 19km route that will run between the city centre and the pyramids of Giza and the Grand Egyptian Museum. As part of the official development assistance loan, which has a 40-year repayment period, Japanese systems and trains will be used. The line is due to open to the public by February 2028. Tenders for initial construction and consulting have already been issued.

Source: Global Construction Review

10 January 2023. United Kingdom. London Underground Celebrates 160 Years

Today (10 January) marks 160 years since the first Tube journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon stations, on what was then the Metropolitan Railway. To mark this milestone birthday, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan met with four London Underground staff members who have given a total of 160 years of service in a range of roles. The celebration took place at Baker Street station, one of the original stations that opened on 10 January 1863, and also saw the Mayor unveil a special 160th year roundel, Love the Tube, that customers will be able to spot at stations across the network including at Gloucester Road, Brixton, Oxford Circus and Covent Garden.

Source: Rail UK

5 January 2023. China. China plans to open 3,000 km of new railway lines in 2023

More than 3,000 kilometers of new railway lines will be put into operation in China this year, including 2,500 kilometers of high-speed railways, Chinese media reports. The construction of new railways in China include the Sichuan-Xizang Railway, and a total of 102 railway projects which are planned in the Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) for National Economic and Social Development and Vision 2035 of China.


5 January 2023. Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s first metro line opens

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has opened the country’s first metro line in Dhaka. The capital was one of the biggest cities in the world without a metro, with more than 22 million people in the metropolitan area, and Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology has estimated the cost of the city’s severe road congestion at US$3bn/year. The first line, designated Line 6 as part of plans to develop an extensive network, runs 11·7 km on an elevated north-south alignment from Uttara North to Agargaon with nine stations.

Source: Metro Report International

4 January 2023. China. Beijing Metro Line 16 Celebrates New Year with Opening of Phase III Southern Section

Beijing MTR, a subsidiary of MTR Corporation, has announced the opening of Beijing Metro Line 16’s phase III southern section. Passenger services began on 31 December 2022. Line 16 is considered a backbone line for China’s capital city, running from north to south and serving commuters in key areas including Lize financial business district, Beijing Fengtai railway station and Zhongguancun Fengtai science park. The new 14.2-kilometre southern section takes MTR’s mainland China operational network to over 300km in length.

Source: Railway-News