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7 January 2010. Vol 1, Issue 1

Dear Readers,

Over the festive season and New Year, train services around the world have been plagued with accidents and delays caused by atrocious weather conditions. But it’s not just bad weather that stops trains…

In China the world’s fastest train has already hit its first speed bump. The bullet train was forced to stop when a passenger violated the “No Smoking” rule and set off an alarm that forced the train to stop for two and a half hours, which is nearly as long as the train takes to cover the 1,100 kilometre (684 mile) distance between Guangzhou and Wuhan. Unfortunately, the smoker fled from the train before he could be caught by authorities!

Our Job of the Week is based in Johannesburg, South Africa where our client is seeking an experienced Test and Commissioning Manager.

For further details of this position and other opportunities worldwide, visit our website at www.railpersonnel.com.

Ceri Taylor

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   This Week's Headlines  
1. 7 January 2009. Hong Kong. Lawmakers to decide on rail link
The Hong Kong Government may decide this week whether a US$8.6 billion express railway to connect the city to southern China will move forward.
Source: Wall Street Journal

2. 7 January 2009. Yemen. Railway costs to top $3.5 billion
A study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) has put the cost of three-phase railway project in Yemen at US$3.5 billion.
Source: Bernamaa

3. 6 January 2010. India. Delhi Metro section opens
Over 60,000 residents of east Delhi are expected to switch to Delhi Metro’s Yamuna Bank-Anand Vihar stretch for their daily commutes.
Source: Times of India

4. 5 January 2010. Saudi Arabia. Scott Wilson wins high-speed project work
Scott Wilson has won a major project management role on the Saudi Railways Organisation’s (SRO) new Haramain High Speed Rail Project.
Source: NCE

5. 4 January 2010. Finland. Train crashes into Helsinki hotel
Four runaway coaches of an intercity train overran the buffers and crashed into the office wing of the Holiday Inn Hotel at Helsinki’s Central Railway Station.
Source: Associated Press

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  Job Of The Week
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Job Title: Test and Commissioning Manager ( #8278 )
Discipline: Systems Engineering, Administration
Role: Testing and Commissioning
Position Type: Permanent
Country: South Africa

Job Description:
Our client is seeking a Test and Commissioning Manager with 15+ years of experience to work in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Primary accountability will be to direct, coordinate and implement all testing and commissioning activities including the overhead, signalling, power and rolling stock activities. This involves dealing with all suppliers/contractors and achieving within the budget, time and contract specifications.

Duties include:
  • establish the overall project plan for the T&C work delivery
  • monitor staff capacity to ensure all T&C activities are being allocated
  • maintain close liaison with the customer, suppliers and vendors
  • provide integrated reporting on progress, any delay activities from the various levels including integration levels
  • collate all relevant data for Final Certification and populate information
  • manage the T&C team on a daily basis, providing strategic and operational direction
  • liaise with the Operator to ensure all the staff are trained and supporting the T&C implementation
  • ensure compliance to company, group and engineering policy and procedures; and
  • manage disputes with respect to the T&C activities and programme.
  • Engineering Degree
  • Chartership preferred but not essential
  • strong background (minimum of 15 or more years) in managing all test and commissioning activities in rail related projects; and
  • international experience in managing large scale rail projects.
Contact: jackie@railpersonnel.com

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