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Electrical Switch Operator

The Riyadh Metro project is a consortium led by Bechtel which includes Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company and Siemens.

The consortium will be responsible for the design, construction, train cars, signalling, electrification and integration of Lines 1 and 2 of the new Riyadh Metro system.

Line 1 will stretch from north to south across Riyadh, covering 24 miles (38km). It will include 22 stations and four transfer stations where it will connect with other new metro lines. Much of Line 1 will be underground.

In contrast, Line 2 will be built mostly on a raised strip in the median of the planned freeway. This line will run east to west and will extend more than 15.7 miles (25km) with 13 stations and three transfer stations.

The new lines will feature stations powered by renewable energy and fully automatic trains.

The contract is the largest engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract in Bechtel’s history and these lines, along with four others, will form the backbone of Riyadh’s new public transportation network.



The Electrical Switch Operator is technical specialist within the Power Management Team of the BACS Temporary Operations team


The Power Management Team is headed by the Lead Electrical Controller (LEC) who reports to the BACS Temporary Operations Manager. (TOM)


The Power Management Team is responsible for control and management of the entire power network of the Line 1 and Line 2 to allow Work Parties to execute their works as requested by the construction and T&C teams and controlled by WAD and Power Management procedure.


The Power Management Team also ensures power protection Boundary Conditions e.g. Switching On/Off & LOTO requirements are met during implementation of the protection process prior to and during the execution of the works.


The Role


  • The ESO is a safety critical task field based and the ESO will follow the requests/ instruction of the Lead Electrical Controller to operate switches onsite and ensure safe electrical isolations & LOTO is applied.


  • In performing such safety critical tasks, the ESO will support the LEC to ensure compliance with the CCRRB, WAD, LOTO and Power Management Procedures.


  • Specifically, from site the ESO will interface with the LEC during implementation of safe de-energization and energization processes.


  • Ensures the implementation process of the Electrical Isolations on the 33kV, Traction and Low Voltage networks.


  • Contributes to ensuring the Power Management Team maintain an up to date and current layout and schematic of the power network to provide visibility over the actual network configuration. 


  • Confirms the electrical isolation boundary conditions are correctly set from site to the LEC


  • Ensures real-time safety critical communication exchanges and interface with the LEC.




The ESO requires high standard of English communication skills.


We are seeking ESO candidates that are disciplined & procedural, suitably technically qualified from HV/MV/LV Electrical background with experience of operating and /or maintain similar electrical equipment and preferably with third rail Traction Power experience.


Working hours


The scope of work of the Electrical Switch Operator will require flexibility to work both day and night shifts of varied durations on site.


Shift times and duration will vary depending on operational requirements but will generally be of minimum 8 hours and maximum 12 hours.


Trainer & Mentoring functions


Flexibility is essential, and these candidates may also be asked to attend Training and /or provide Training and /or other operational support within the Temporary Operations team as requirements dictate.