Communication Systems Designer

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Date: 13-Mar-2023

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: Alstom

Req ID:378583 

Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide.

Imagine playing a central role in reducing the carbon footprint of Canada's busiest public transit system and doing so with a consistently ranked Top Employer with a global reach. As part of the ONxpress consortium, Alstom is proudly working to transform the collective mobility of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas (GTHA) through the On-Corridor Works project, and we are hiring for hundreds of roles. The GO Expansion scope :  new electric locomotives, fleet upgrades, train control systems, network electrification, signalling, telecommunications and digital systems, maintenance, and much more.
The Communications Systems Engineer will participate in Network and Telecom design team in designing, deploiying and validating network and telecom solutions. In this role you will utilize your experience or expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and others, and have the ability to effect short-term and some long-term business goals.
Essential Responsibilities 

Multi-disciplinary environment working with the design, engineering, and the commissioning of integrated radio and TCP/IP networks. Solutions utilize licensed and unlicensed voice and data radios, LAN/WAN networks, and back office servers as well as other communication links between locomotives, between locomotives and wayside equipment, and/or between wayside and central office locations:

  • Knowledge of network hardware including servers, routers, and other computer devices

  • Use system requirements to design and deploy networks and virtual solutions

  • Develop testing, verification, and validation procedures as well as execute the procedures

  • Strong project management and organizational skills.

  • Create and maintain documentation including System Functional Specifications and Interface Control Documents

  • Trace system requirements to DOORS

  • Work with RF and assist Lead System Engineer as needed

  • Produce V&V test plans under the supervision of Project V&V Leader

  • Produce requirement based V&V procedures and datasheets

  • Author Project V&V test reports

  • Execute and lead V&V testing across multiple platforms

  • Perform verification reports for requirements, design documents, test reports, etc

  • Follow V&V technical processes in line with business objectives for technical and project team environment

  • Document test results, identify problems and solutions, and communicate with Engineering

  • Perform Communications Engineering tasks in support of program objectives

  • Trace system requirements to DOORS

  • Understanding of of system and subsystem-level requirements

  • Develop & peer review test procedures and documentation to validate system requirements

  • Document technical data generated by the assigned project consistent with engineering policies and procedures

  • Radio troubleshooting, propagation design, post processing, intermodulation studies, and radio dimensioning

  • Network troubleshooting

  • Ensure DCS project team members are aligned with V&V plan

  • Ensure documents be delivered as per project Documentation plan (Documentation Master List) in line with project DFQ Gate Reviews milestones

  • Participate in radio and network design activities

  • Participate upon request to Installation & T&C activities

  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college and course work or work experience in networking or telecommunication

  • 0-3 years experience

  • P. Eng certification or in progress


Desired Characteristics: 

  • Understanding of TCP/IP and LAN/WAN

  • Radio propagation tools

  • Radio coverage post processing software

  • Mapping software such as Google Earth or MapInfo

  • Analysis, system performance improvement, and troubleshooting of a radio network

  • Spectrum Analyzers, Vector Network Analyzers and drive test equipment.

  • Radio technologies such as P25, cellular , WiFi, and TETRA, etc.

  • Design and implementation of an 802.11 AP network

  • Writing and performing test cases on both radio equipment and a radio network

  • Writing and performing test cases on both network equipment and network

  • Proficient with MS Office


Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?  


Equal opportunity statement:
Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law. 


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