Brig. Gen. John S. Egbert, 53, recently began work last week as Metro's assistant general manager for design and construction at an annual salary of $50,342.

The former Army Corps of Engineers general has 30 years of executive experience in engineering, construction and management of multimillion-dollar defense projects. The Metro Board appointment of Egbert was recommended by Metro General Manager Theodore Lutz Egbert replaces Roy T. Dodge, who retired in May.

For the past two years, Egbert was the Army's project manager for munitions production base modernization and expansion. In that capacity, he directed a major capital investment program to modernize the Department of Defense munitions capability from his base at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, N.J.

That program included manufacturing plants for chemicals, propellants, explosives, metal parts and assembly. He was responsible for all design, equipment procurement and plant construction. He also was involved extensively in manufacturing technology and dealt with a variety of engineering-related industries.

In his new position at Metro, Egbert is the contracting officer for all design, construction and procurement activities relating to the building of Metro. He supervises the WMATA offices of architecture, equipment design, construction, contract administration, program control, real estate and engineering.

Egbert is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., with a B.S. degree in military engineering. He holds a master's degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has completed the advanced management program of the Harvard Business School. He also has completed programs at the Naval War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Egbert and his wife, Anne, a Department of Commerce employe, live in Alexandria and are the parents of Cindy Fourlas, of Alexandria, and John S. Egbert Jr., of Memphis.