Principal Communication and Vehicle Systems Engineer

The Department of Transport brings together all transport modes to design, plan, build and operate Victoria's transport system. Our job is to further integrate the transport network and improve the delivery of services to Victorians for simpler, quicker and safer journeys that connect people and places and support Victoria's prosperity and liveability. We are excited to offer this opportunity for you to become part of the Department that delivers more choice, connections and confidence in our travel, ensuring the whole transport network works as one to deliver better services and outcomes.
Job Details
Department: Department of Transport
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Engineering
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/80011312DXT
Closing Date: 09-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: DoT PD Principal Communication and Vehicle Systems Engineer VPS6 November 2021.pdf (PDF, 147KB)

Contact: Luke Bond

Position Details

Principal Communications and Vehicle Systems Engineer

  • Annual Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473 per annum plus superannuation
  • Tenure: Fixed Term (3 years)
  • Employment Type:  Full Time
  • Usual Work Location: Melbourne CBD (flexibility may be available)


About the Team

The Rolling Stock Development Division falls under the Network Design and Integration Group which transforms network strategies and plans into deliverable transport solutions.

The Rolling Stock Development Division is focused on the development and growth of the Victorian rolling stock industry, and integrates the key activities of network planning, operator management, industry engagement and rolling stock procurement.

Rolling Stock Development is responsible for:

  • Planning, procurement and maintenance standards
  • Rolling Stock procurement and modification project delivery
  • Developing and maintaining technical standards
  • Contract management
  • Asset management strategy; and
  • Interfaces with franchisees and operators.


About the Opportunity

the Principal Communication and Vehicle Systems Engineer is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of the assigned vehicle systems and wayside interfaces to ensure the achievement of the NGT Project's safety, operational, customer and commercial objectives.

The Principal Communications & Vehicle Systems Engineer is also required to employ a diverse set of skills and expertise to ensure the successful project planning and delivery that will contributes to maximising value for money for the State.


About You

The role requires an advance knowledge in railway industry systems and assurance frameworks, with the application of relevant rail standards and best practices, relating to Rolling Stock (Train/Tram) Control and Management System (TCMS) and, vehicle information and communications, ICT shore systems, gateway, cyber security, passenger information, passenger counting and Automatic Vehicle Management (AVM) systems.

Key skills we're looking for

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant engineering discipline.   
  • Advance experience in high value rail or other relevant industry projects.
  • Expertise in rolling stock/vehicle systems design, testing, commissioning, and vehicle acceptance activities.
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge and experience in vehicle electronics, information, communications and software control sub-systems within vehicles and the interfacing shore-based systems.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in the application of systems engineering and systems thinking throughout a project's life cycle, such as requirements, design, verification, validation, integration and operation.
  • Ability to identify potential technical issues, manage risk (SFAIRP), propose risk mitigation actions and to research, document and report on technical matters pertaining to proposed solutions.
  • High standard of interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability of developing constructive relationships with internal and external stakeholders,
  • Ability to manage sensitivities within constrained timeframes and contribute to a high performing team culture.
  • Ability to identify problems, determine possible solutions, communicate and report on technical issues verbally and in written form to both expert and non-expert audiences.



  • Membership to Engineers Australia


More information on the PD attached.



Culture and Benefits

The Department of Transport is committed to building a culture of developing our people to achieve great outcomes for the Victorian transport network.  We are proud of our commitment to flexible work arrangements that support different ways of working, helping employees balance work and life. We are focused on providing a workplace environment that is rewarding, enjoyable, healthy and productive for all employees, where contributions are valued and recognised, expectations are clear, and treatment is fair and equitable.



How to Apply

Applications should include a resume and if you wish a covering letter.  Applications close 11.59pm on Thursday, 9 December 2021.

Please note: This position requires the successful employee to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or medical evidence which confirms the individual is unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical contraindication or an acute medical illness.

Failure to comply with this condition of employment will impact your eligibility for employment in this position with DoT.

For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity, please reach out to Luke Bond,Technical Director – Next Generation Tram (NGT) at

Preferred applicants may be subject to pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Department of Transport will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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