A recent article in the Washington Times disclosed that at least three (3) WMATA “engineers” lack certification from any of the three jurisdictions Metro serves.
I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that this did not surprise many ATC techs (including myself) because we had heard for years that at least one of the “engineers” (who used to work in ATC) did not have an engineering degree or even a high school diploma.
To the best of my knowledge no one made an issue of it. Partly, I imagine, because it was hearsay — I don’t know that anyone had solid proof. In addition, I’m guessing many techs felt like it wasn’t their concern or their business. Unfortunately, the June 2009 accident was caused (at least in part) by the decisions made by one of those “engineers”.