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Recruitment #19-001859-0001


The Division of Labor and Industry is accepting applications from qualified applicants to fill current open positions and build an applicant pool for current and anticipated position vacancies. All candidates must meet the minimum qualifications during the time of applying. Applicants in pool will remain active for one year and be considered as opening occurs.




1100 N. Eutaw Street, 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

Performs regulatory inspections and monitors all railroad carriers operating within the State of Maryland to reduce railroad related accidents, injuries, deaths, and property damage.

This position provides compliance oversight of the railroad industry throughout the State of Maryland as authorized by: Railroad Safety and Health Labor and Employment Article, Title 5.5 Annotated Code of Maryland. Code of Maryland Regulations Title 09 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION Subtitle 12 DIVISION OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY Chapter 91 Railroad Safety and Health. Code of Federal Regulations 49 Part 212 STATE SAFETY PARTICIPATION REGULATIONS.


Summary – Achieve and maintain FRA certification in the Operating Practices disciplines a regulatory compliance inspector, in accordance to FRA and Sate requirements, for the purpose of conducting regulatory compliance inspections, investigations and other duties as assigned.

Conduct scheduled and unscheduled regulatory compliance inspections and investigations of interstate and intrastate railroad carriers, private industries and excursion railroads for the purpose of enforcing and promoting compliance with State and Federal regulations in the Operating Practices discipline.

Investigate railroad accidents/incidents in order to determine if their probable cause was due to Operating Practices failures.

Prepares detailed narrative reports to document the findings of regulatory inspections and all investigations. Issues condition reports, and civil penalties(if warranted) notifying railroad carriers, private industries and appropriate regulatory agencies of railroad safety standards, deficiencies and violations while advising them if the need for remedial actions are necessary and other RS&H duties as assigned.

Attend State of Maryland and FRA conferences and training courses to remain cognizant of changes in State of Maryland and Federal regulations to ensure uniform and accurate application and enforcement. Travel and overnight stays are required.

Stay current with modern standards of Operating Practices, examine railroad records relating to this discipline to ensure compliance to State and Federal regulations. Process and submit State and Federal inspection reports via email or other electronic means where possible.

Performs other duties as assigned by management.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: One year of experience performing railroad safety or regulation compliance inspections related to track, motive power and equipment, operating practices or signal and train control.

Note: These requirements are determined by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in accordance with FRA requirements for admission to the federal training program which leads to certification as a railroad safety inspector.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Six months experience in railroad operations, i.e. conductor, engineer, train master, and/or yard master.


Two (2) or more years of experience training in the monitoring of operating practices as they relate to the railroad industry.


1. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

2. Employees in this classification will be required to obtain federal certification as a railroad safety inspector within 1 year of employment. Information concerning requirements can be obtained from the Railroad Safety and Health Program, Division of Labor and Industry, Department of Licensing and Regulation, 1100 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.


All candidates are subject to a background check against files maintained by the Division of Unemployment Insurance (DLLR/DUI) to determine whether any monies are owed to DLLR/DUI as a result of unemployment insurance overpayment/fraud. Any unpaid debt may have an impact on whether or not a candidate is offered employment.

1. Employees in this classification are subject to call-in on a 24 hours a day basis and will be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached, or carry an electronic pager.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. RESUMES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND NOT CONSIDERED IN THE SELECTION/EXAMINATION PROCESS.

All information concerning the qualification, including any required documentation (diploma, transcripts, certificate, etc) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.

Applications that meet the minimum and selective qualifications will be referred to the hiring manager for interview selection. Units will select those candidates most closely demonstrating the qualifications for interview.

***Please note that your answers on the supplemental questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your application to receive credit.



U.S. Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification. Any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing a U.S. Military form DD 214 verifying honorable discharge from service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Permanent State employees do not need to submit proof of Veterans’ status. 

If you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:

DLLR Office of Human Resources
Attn: 19-001859-0001 Railroad Inspector I
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Rm. 100
Baltimore, MD 21201

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at 410-230-6300.

The MD State Application Form can be found online

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of DLLR that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.