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Senior Safety Specialist

Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Aversan Inc. is a multi-service engineering firm specializing in design, build, testing, certification, and support services for embedded flight and rail systems & software, health technology, and advanced IT.

  • Prepare the System Safety Plan and coordinate the safety activities and deliverables throughout the entire system lifecycle;
  • Perform hazard identification and hazard analysis studies;
  • Define technical and functional safety requirements for train control systems;
  • Analyze and evaluate design compliance with safety requirements and safety principles;
  • Conduct safety analyses and verify that the train control systems are safe;
  • Record and manage hazards in the Hazard Log, assess safety risks, review hazard mitigations, evaluate the design and verification and validation evidence, and track hazards throughout close-out process;
  • Review the adequacy and completeness of the safety evidence, including test and verification reports, and produce the Safety Case;
  • Plan and coordinate project safety related activities throughout the system lifecycle, according to company process, applicable standards (EN 50126, MIL-STD-882) and best practices;
  • Evaluate the compliance of systems and subsystems with safety requirements by reviewing technical specifications, design changes (system, hardware and software), and recommend design alternatives, where appropriate, to ensure safety;
  • Define safety requirements by evaluating railway operational hazards that could be caused by the train control system;
  • Provide technical evaluations and recommendations with respect to safety in formal design reviews;
  • Perform peer review of key safety deliverables and artifacts;
  • Prepare and maintain the Hazard Log and associated hazard analyses - PHA, SHA, IHA, OSHA.
  • Train and mentor junior members of the Safety team;
  • Supervise other Safety Specialists and consultants by defining their work, methodology and approach, monitoring their progress, and directing them on priorities;
  • Fulfil the role of Work Package Manager (WPM) to define the scope of work and estimates based on project specific requirements and internal process, and manage RAMS schedule and budget;
  • Verify the safety of the system by performing:
    • Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA);
    • Functional Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FFMEA);
    • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA);
    • Functional Hazard Analysis (FnHA);
    • Functional Safety Analysis (FnSA); and
    • Hazard Identification (HAZID) and Hazard Operability (HAZOP) studies.
  • Ensure that safety requirements are fulfilled by participating in system, hardware and software design reviews;
  • Review the CRs related to product and/or projects and perform initial risk assessment to ensure proper categorization - Safety Review, Safety Risk; Safety Hazard; Pending Hazard, and carry out the safety review and analysis of recommended solution;
  • Ensure that safety can be verified by testing and that test procedures provide sufficient coverage of safety requirements, including failure and operational scenarios;
  • Review Safety Case inputs and dependencies to ensure adequacy and completeness, and is responsible for the technical safety of the train control system;
  • Prepare Safety Cases (GPSC, GASC, SASC) or Technical Safety Reports to demonstrate functional and technical safety of the system;
  • Provide support to resolve safety related issues by participating in the Safety Committee, as required;
  • Accountable for performing the work correctly within cost and schedule limits as defined in approved Work Package;
  • Report directly to the Manager RAMS Engineering, take direction from the Project Safety Lead, Group Lead, Technical Safety Specialist and Chief Safety Architect, and work closely with other team members, both in Safety team and from other functional teams, to meet project objectives.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent;
  • 5+ years’ of experience working in real-time safety critical systems , train control and/or automatic control in the other industry, such as aircraft/aerospace industry;
  • Extensive experience with safety analysis and reliability techniques;
  • Detailed knowledge of system requirements definition/design, safety and risk analysis;
  • Knowledge of reliability and safety analysis technique;
  • Knowledge of Railway System Operations & Thales Transport Automation products is fundamental;
  • Familiarity with safety standards (military and/or international safety standards);
  • Experience with computer skills, MS Office, DOORS, Modeling, and databases;
  • Knowledge of railway systems is an asset;
  • Experience with or exposure to safety/mission-critical systems, and exposure to hazard, fault-tree and failure modes and effects analysis, plus statistical modeling and analysis of complex software/hardware/human systems are assets;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
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