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  • Lead and project manage technical feasibility studies for aviation and airport planning activities, ensuring projects are delivered on-time and within budget
  • Manage and coordinate multi-disciplinary planning and design teams including environmental, engineering, financial and other discipline streams
  • Prepare, compile and review technical reports, drawings and documents
  • Phase and program aviation project works
  • Manage specialist sub-consultants when required
  • Liaise with other consultants and stakeholders as required
  • Meet agreed client project requirements
  • Contribute to new business development by identifying new opportunities and clients and by leading or contributing to new project proposals
  • Review, catalog, and assist in the development of responses to public comments
  • With project planners and engineers, conduct site assessments and field reconnaissance
  • Member of relevant recognised professional institute (preferred)
  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience required, with proven planning, engineering, infrastructure, facilities design or project management experience of airport projects
  • Fluent spoken and written Mandarin Chinese and English
  • Ability to manage complex, multi-stakeholder projects
  • Commitment to delivery of quality project outputs, on time and to budget
  • Ability to identify, understand and focus on clients’ key requirements and build relationships
  • Undertakes advanced technical tasks related to transportation planning & engineering
  • 5+ years experience working with traffic engineering and transportation planning software, specifically, Vissim and Synchro preferred
  • 3+ years related transportation project management experience preferred
  • Contract administration and resident inspection
  • Interface with launch teams in the field existing delivery stations to work through operation issues and incorporate feedback to improve the execution of demand forecasts
  • Supervision – Manage entry-level and mid-level transport service design and operations planning staff
  • Key stakeholder in the service performance for origin 3PL and forwarders
  • Communicate with external 3PL’s, steamship lines, and forwarders regarding on time performance metrics, MQC, transit times, capacity challenges, change in schedules, sailings and other agreed service requirements
  • Direct, coordinate and manage the communication flow to inbound scheduling personnel to ensure EDI traffic, ASN’s are accurate
  • Participate in yearly ocean and airfreight tenders
  • The successful candidate will have a relevant university degree coupled with at least 7-10 years of relevant experience in the rail and transit industry (international experience will be an asset)
  • Eligible to be registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia
  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated significant experience in conducting schedule development and operational analysis of various railway systems in Canada and internationally
  • Hands-on experience and/or familiar with OpenTrack, RailSim, VISSIM, VISWALK and TRENO and/or similar software package
  • Self-motivated team player with excellent English language communication skills
  • Candidates who have proven Customer Focus, Vision, Development and Coaching and Innovation and Problem Solving skills will thrive in these exciting and challenging roles
  • Participate, partner and guide purchasing on supply chain projects, such as outbound scheduling and IPOPE
  • Ability to independently or jointly work on projects including data analysis, coordination, and writing reports
  • Evaluate O/D data, historic traffic trends, and stated preference and Bluetooth survey results
  • Develop and review conceptual toll plans for managed lanes projects
  • Review traffic and revenue forecasts prepared by Consultants
  • Prepare handouts and public outreach material for managed lanes projects
  • Use performance measures and quantitative data analysis to evaluate projects
  • Prepare input data for travel demand models and review model results
  • Prepare and manage staff hour estimates and project scopes
  • Assist in the supervision, scheduling, and checking of work of project team members and work closely with other disciplines on managed lanes projects
  • Innovation & problem solving
  • Competence with Census.gov
  • Excellent report writing, presentation and research skills ability to working in a team environment are important
  • Must possess a strong ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with staff and clients
  • Must be results-driven and career focused individual, who thrives on the success and growth of the company and culture
  • Previous experience leading and managing a multi-disciplinary team
  • Working in partnership with other offices on transportation planning, urban planning, urban design and traffic engineering projects 
  • Assist/Manage, coordinate and/or oversee transportation related projects and task assignments to include traffic engineering, traffic forecasting, travel demand modeling, traffic capacity analyses, interchange modification/justification reports
  • Collaborates with senior engineers to research, analyze, or resolve complex transportation and aviation design issues
  • Apply cost control measures on projects and quality control within discipline
  • Participate in strategic planning and business development activities to support achievement of growth goals
  • Conduct background research on planning practices, policies and studies
  • Collect and analyze data, and develop technical memoranda summarizing the results
  • Use specialized software packages including ESRI ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite, and preferably Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator
  • Create, review and edit technical reports and studies
  • Attend team, consultant and client meetings
  • Post-secondary degree in Civil Engineering or Planning from an accredited university
  • Access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license are an asset
  • A solid understanding of various transportation-related software packages (eg
  • Experience with GIS (ESRI) is preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in Transportation Planning, Civil Engineering or related field
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Planning with studies in Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, Environmental Planning or related field
  • Identify and illustrate conceptual descriptions of transportation improvements alternatives
  • Conduct concept level evaluation and studies of transportation improvements options
  • Conduct studies on measures of effectiveness for transportation projects and illustrates same on various thematic maps
  • Document and present finding on transportation planning projects for Project Engineers and/or Project Managers
  • Researches current transportation related topics at local, State, and Federal levels
  • Work with people from other disciplines to gain knowledge on new subjects
  • Assisting in developing our designs through the different stages
  • Traffic flows
  • Road geometry
  • Cycle facilities
  • Experience with project management software, the Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to grow teams and develop client relationships
  • Proficient in OpenTrack, RailSim and/or TRENO
  • Proficient in data interpretation, manipulation and visualisation
  • Degree qualified in engineering, mathematics or science
  • Willingness to periodically work away from home

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Why this Ethiopian navy officer ended up as a metro driver

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'I've seen everything there is to see overground'

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Tall, smiling Worku Bedasso is a bit of a legendary figure at the Moscow Metro. When asked how he ended up working here, he says noncommittally: "It just happened!"

In Soviet times, the young lieutenant of the Ethiopian Navy came here to study on an exchange program: first in Georgia in 1985, and a couple of years later in Azerbaijan. While Worku was learning how to build socialism, a civil war broke out in his native Ethiopia, and “old-school” officers were no longer needed by the new state. His wife and children remained in Ethiopia; they did not want to go to Russia. A few weeks later, the Soviet Union collapsed and foreign students based in Baku were sent to Moscow.

In Moscow, he was granted refugee status and issued with a work permit; however, during the 1998 economic crisis it was hard to find work. Then, his new Russian girlfriend, Olga, suggested he try working at a metro depot, since he was good with machinery. After six months of training, the former officer became a metro driver assistant.

“The first time felt strange and even scary,” Worku recalls. “But a military background helps. A metro driver needs to have stress tolerance, army discipline and a desire to work hard.”

While on the job, Worku enrolled at the Railways Institute (MIIT) to get a degree in engineering. However, it turned out that combining work and studies was too difficult and in 1999, he decided to quit the job...

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By 2010, when he had decided to return to the Moscow Metro, Worku had been working for a logistics company in Moscow and Sochi, had married Olga and received a Russian passport. He once again had to make the journey from a driver assistant to a Category 1 driver, and looking back on it today, he is quite happy with his life: “It's fun to drive a train and get good money for it.” Furthermore, in all his years of working, he has never had any accidents: he attributes it to good luck.

That said, at the age of 62, he has started to think of ending his career as a driver and move to a job at a metro depot. “When you are young, you don’t feel the workload, but at my age it’s getting a bit hard! I don’t want to part with the metro. I have seen everything there is to see overground.”

'I’ve said everything about Dostoyevsky. But I’ve loved trains since I was a kid!'

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Anton Khlynin studied Russian language and literature at Moscow State University and even spent a year and a half as a PhD student. But at some point, he realized it was time to stop. Anton seems a very serious man until he turns with his back to you and you see a biker's braid popping out from under the collar of his uniform.

“At university, I had a research topic that I thought was very interesting - the perception of Dostoevsky’s works in Scandinavian countries,” - says Anton. “He is the main writer there. I took it up with great fervor, but as I was writing my thesis, I found out that this subject had already been thoroughly researched by another academic. I was extremely disappointed.”

Academia no longer appeals to Anton, although he is still interested in literature: he even writes himself, albeit articles about railways. In 2007, he decided to fulfill his childhood dream and go work as an engine driver.

“I have been a fan of railways since the age of five. My first memory is seeing a locomotive on the tracks.”

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Anton is now 40 and he recently qualified as a 2nd grade driver, by coming in the top three places in a professional competition. Unlike his colleague, Worku, Anton has seen many emergency situations in his career.

“Once, a passenger fell on the tracks at Park Pobedy [station] (dark blue line), but I managed to hit the breaks in time. Also, there are diggers who are just looking for adventure,” says Anton.  “When I was a kid, I was a member of a railway modeling club, and then of a literary society. I had things to do. Whereas they, it seems, have nothing to do!"

Yet, despite everything, Anton insists he does not regret having changed his career so drastically, even though he admits seeing trains in his dreams, too. “I used to occasionally dream I was running a red light, or that my train was derailing. But now all that is gone and I sleep normally!”

When asked whether knowledge of literature helps him in his work, Anton replies philosophically: “My general level of education helps me in my life. And work is part of life.”

'I drive 2,000 people during rush hour!'

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When you look at tall, youthful Vadim Kalugin, it is hard to believe that he is one of the oldest drivers on the Moscow Metro, a veteran of labor. Vadim is 55 years old, and he has spent most of his life underground. Now he is a 1st grade driver. He joined the Moscow Metro straight after returning from military service, on advice from his mother-in-law.

“She herself worked in the aircraft industry and knew what responsible work meant. And she liked the uniform that metro drivers had,” Vadim recalls. “By the way, we are sometimes called ‘underground pilots’. But a pilot carries 300 people on a plane, while I drive more than 2,000 people during rush hour! I think our job involves even more responsibility.”

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According to Vadim, the Moscow Metro is not only the most beautiful, but also the most reliable. “Even in the 1990s, during the economic crisis, when many people did not receive their wages, metro drivers were always paid on time and metro trains were on schedule. After all, if the metro stops, the whole of Moscow will stop.”

Vadim says that the main thing in his work is to strictly follow the instructions. “In the metro, everything happens at lightning speed! The driver has no right to make a mistake. In my 34 years of work, I have never had a single reprimand,” he says, adding that, sadly, he is still going to retire next year.

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