Principal Computer Sys Eng
Bay Area Rapid Transit - San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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Marketing Statement

A job at BART offers the satisfaction of providing an invaluable public service, while accomplishing your own career goals, earning highly competitive pay, and enjoying an unparalleled benefits program. BART , a wonderful career opportunity.

Pay and Benefits

BART offers one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefits programs you will find anywhere. We pay at rates that are strongly competitive in the labor market, and complement our pay program with an outstanding benefits package. Benefits include the renowned CalPERS pension, excellent medical, vision, and dental coverage, supplemental insurances, excellent paid holidays and vacation, as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART on your behalf. BART also saves you money in your paycheck because no deductions are made for Social Security.

Effective January 1, 2013, all newly hired or rehired District employees are subject to the terms and conditions of the new Public Employees Pension Reform Act of 2013 (AB340) affecting pension and pension contributions.

Pay Rate

$89,789.74/Annually to $139,175/Annually (Non-Rep, Pay Band 8)

Posted Date

February 11, 2013

Closing Date

February 25, 2013

Reports To

Kevin Copley

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.


This announcement will be used to establish a pool of eligible outside candidates for vacancies occurring within the next twelve (12) months. Eligible candidates from this pool will be considered only after the evaluation of interested BART employees has been completed.

Current Assignment

This position will receive assignments on a variety of ongoing projects, including: design, architecture, documentation implementation, security and performance analysis of enhancements and software corrections to ICS (integrated Computer System), DSS (Destination Sign System), APIS (Advanced Passenger Information System), PDB (Projection Display Board), RMS (Remote Monitoring System), RAT (Remote Access Terminal), Web Servers and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. This will include supervision of technical staff working on these projects and responsibility for the software development infrastructure. The position also requires day to day coordination with Operations Control Center personnel, monitoring and control of the operational systems and troubleshooting operational problems.

Essential Job Functions

Examples of Duties:

1) Performs project management duties including scope definition, project scheduling, budget analysis, and activity tracking.
2) Leads or supervises staff in the SDLC (System Development Life Cycle process, including requirements collection, specifications identification, procurement, implementation, testing and deployment) and also the RAD (Rapid Application Development process, including requirements collection, design, prototyping, development, testing and maintenance).
3) Designs, implements, tests and maintains full-content, graphical, static and real-time web-based applications for systems status monitoring, with an emphasis on the open-source Linux / Apache / Java / Tomcat platforms.
4) Designs, implements, tests and maintains database systems with emphasis on database platforms including Informix Dynamic Server, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL open-source platform.
5) Is responsible for personnel and work assignment decisions, leading and training lesser-experienced engineers.
6) Performs coordination of changes and other system activities with Operations Control Center and maintenance personnel.
7) Performs Operational Systems monitoring and troubleshooting, including 7x24 pager response as required.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in computer systems, electrical or electronics engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable computer systems engineering project experience.

Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.

Knowledge of:
•Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive computer systems engineering program.
•Contract preparation and administration.
•Methods and techniques of estimating and scheduling computer system modifications.
•Concepts of real-time systems analysis and programming.
•Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical report preparation.
•Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Skill in:
•Performing the most complex computer system analysis, design and project management duties.
•Preparing computer systems design criteria, specifications and standards.
•Analyzing complex technical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions.
•Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
•Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
•Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.
Selection Process
Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.
The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and/or an individual or panel interview.
The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing will also include a background check. (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations)
Application Process
External applicants may only apply online, at Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling (510) 464-6112.
Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on WebBART. Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688.
All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.
Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer-related), genetic information or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.
The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by calling (510) 464-6112.
Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran's credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veteran's must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran's Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran's Preference Policy and Application link at
Other Information
Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112 for assistance.
To verify submission of your application, click on the 'My Career Tools' link at the top of the 'Careers Home Page' after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112, between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.