Signalling System Engineer

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Date: 4 Jul 2024

Location: Utrecht, NL

Company: Alstom

Vacancy – Utrecht – Fulltime (32 – 40) – Alstom

Your challenge as a System Signalling Engineer

A System Designer needs to have a clear view on what the system boundaries are and be able to embed the customer’s signaling rules.

To achieve this he/she needs to be able to interpret customer requirements using e.g. operational scenarios or use cases and convert them into system requirements. Furthermore, he/she needs to able develop the architecture and identify/evaluate the internal and external interfaces.

The design decisions you have made need to be traceable and need to be supported by e.g. models, calculations or simulations.

The next step is to convert the system design into a hardware design and a software design. Depending on the project this is done by the engineering team itself or outsourced. Therefore at least you need to be able to:

  • understand electrical drawings and should be able to make changes with e.g. Autocad or Microstation.
  • able to configure and understand application data (software configuration) for subsystems like interlocking, radio block centre


After the technical solution is released and transferred to the Verification and Validation team for testing purposes,  the system designer needs to be available to support with root cause analysis in case the V&V team finds non-conformities.

Of course, it is not expected that you have this complete skillset already when you start in this position. We have a strong experienced team who can mentor you and the Alstom University offers a variety of training programs.


Railway Signaling Solutions

Alstom has been one of the main players in the development and implementation of the ERTMS train protection system for the European railways with solutions on the Betuweroute, Hanzelijn and the corridor Amsterdam-Utrecht. It has also equipped more than 180 trains with this ERTMS solution.

In terms of urban signaling, Alstom has implemented a full CBTC system (Urbalis) for the Amsterdam metro (North/South line and Ring line), a complete signaling system for the Rotterdam metro, as well a tram signaling system In Utrecht with the Uithoflijn.


Key accountabilities

- Design system and provide related documents (specification, architecture, interface, etc.).

- Participate System Design Reviews

- Ensure application data or coding is performed regarding the process and ready for testing.

- Investigate the Verification and Validation (V&V) test failures for corrective actions


Performance measurements

- Project quality, cost and delivery commitment

- On-time-delivery for deliverables

- Defects detected

- Cooperation and reactivity to support to Root Cause Analysis Identification of contract variations (through traceability & coverage of requirements)


Your colleagues

You will mainly work within small projects teams. Each long-term project will have a core team with a Project Architect, Project Manager, Safety Manager and System Designers including you. You will report to Neill Sweet (Engineering Team Leader).


Career opportunities

Since you are part of a large, international company within a growing industry, you have more than sufficient career and development opportunities. Some options are: System Designer (of larger or more complex projects) or Project Architect (Lead System Designer).

Because of the international character of the company, there are possibilities to work in international projects or work for projects in other countries.



You will work within multidisciplinary teams and together you will achieve a concrete end-result.

The Alstom University offers many possibilities to develop yourself with your job, career and as a person. An example is learning a foreign language with help of native speakers. And because we are a large company, there are sufficient career opportunities incl. abroad).

Practical: We follow the cla (cao) Metalelektro which offers 40 vacation days. It’s possible to work from home (hybrid), we offer flexible working hours and a 32 to 40 hour workweek (your decision).


The ideal System Designer

Our ideal System Designer speaks English (Dutch or French are desirable) and is graduated in Engineering (e.g. Physics, Aviation, Electronics or Computer Science). He/she is pro-active and not afraid to take responsibility.



Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. From high-speed trains, metros, monorails, trams, to turnkey systems, services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility, Alstom offers its diverse customers the broadest portfolio in the industry. 150,000 vehicles in commercial service worldwide attest to the company’s proven expertise in project management, innovation, design and technology. In 2021, the company was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, World and Europe, for the 11th consecutive time. Headquartered in France and present in 70 countries, Alstom employs more than 74,000 people. In The Netherlands, we have 500 employees.

Overview vacancy

Job Title: System Signalling Engineer

Category: Designer / Engineer

Location: Vliegend Hertlaan 45, 3526 KT Utrecht

Contract: Fulltime (32 – 40 hours per week)

Contract:  Permanent contract

Industry: Railway / Mobility / Transportation

Company Name: Alstom 

Vacancy ID: AlstomNeill


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