Mr. Krakar was named Chief Engineering Officer in January 2019. In his current role, he directs the planning, development, and organization of all Engineering Department activities. The Engineering Department is responsible for the design and maintenance of Metra's infrastructure, including track, signals, telecommunications, bridges and buildings.
Enlisting in the Air Force in his late teens, Mr. Krakar began his military career as an electronics technician, leading to the development of his interest in the field of electronic engineering. Upon separation from service, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
After completing his degree, Mr. Krakar joined Metra and worked his way up the ranks to become the agency’s Director of Telecommunications Engineering. In his various roles within Metra’s Telecommunications Department, Mr.Krakar has been responsible for system design, maintenance supervision and project management.