Testing & Commissioning
After refurbishment or rebuilds of NCDOT equipment, I am responsible for overseeing test programs to ensure compliance to Engineering specifications and Federal regulations.
Locomotive testing examples include ride quality, engine loading, water tightness, generator output, electrical testing, tank pressure tests, air systems, and coupler and carbody gauging. Locomotive operators are also surveyed for feedback and those comments are taken into consideration for upgrades or modifications.
Railcar testing examples include ride quality, lighting levels, HVAC systems, electrical systems, toilet systems, wheelchair access testing, carbody water testing, air systems, crash energy management component verifications, and coupler and carbody gauging. Train crews and passengers are also surveyed for feedback and comments and new ideas are considered for upgrades or modifications.