Sr Train Control Engineer
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.

Posted Date

January 28, 2013

Closing Date

February 8, 2013

Reports To

Bob Kearney

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

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

Current Assignment

This position is responsible for a variety of advanced professional train control engineering duties for the development, modification and maintenance of the District's train control systems and real time and related computer equipment; ensures work quality and adherence to established specifications; and performs related duties as assigned. This is a capital position and is subject to time and funding limitations.

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following criteria in addition to the minimum qualifications:
* Experience working in vital and non-vital train control software applications.
* Experience in reviewing and preparing microprocessor based engineering designs.
* Experience planning, sequencing, and implementing train control field modifications.
* Experience preparing status and analytical reports.
* Experience directing and coordinating maintenance and engineering personnel.
* Experience leading train control tasks.

Essential Job Functions

Performs a variety of advanced train control engineering duties for the development, modification and maintenance of the District's train control systems and real time and related computer equipment; designs, tests and implements train control systems and equipment; provides direction to programmers and installers.

2. Reviews approved projects to develop work plan; performs engineering design calculations; directs and participates in the preparation of engineering drawings and specifications, calculations, and construction cost estimates; designs circuits; plans proper system integration between all components of the transit system.

3. Develops and prepares documentation for testing and acceptance criteria and procedures; evaluates failed components and failure trends.

4. Evaluates and specifies maintenance intervals and procedures; provides technical support to maintenance divisions on complex problem identification, evaluation and resolution; writes maintenance procedures.

5. Conducts field inspections and investigations on assigned projects; gathers data and conducts analyses.

6. Reviews and prepares responses to approved engineering submittals; provides system engineering design support during projects.

7. Provides assistance in project implementation; schedules and estimates costs; prepares project proposals for management review and approval; prepares project scope and concepts; schedules consultant proposal submission; participates in evaluation of consultant proposals; provides direction to assigned project staff.

8. Reviews contractor drawings and specifications; interprets plans and specifications to contracted engineering staff; prepares and directs design contract revisions and change orders.

9. Prepares a variety of technical engineering reports, manuals, specifications, drawings and other correspondence relevant to project areas.

10. As assigned, may participate in the selection of assigned staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures; and may train employees in their areas of work including train control engineering design methods, procedures and techniques.

11. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of train control engineering.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in electronics, computer science or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable train control systems experience.

Additional engineering technical support 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 train control engineering and computer equipment program.
Principles and practices of train control and signaling systems.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Materials, tools, methods, and equipment used in the maintenance, modification and installation train control equipment.
Methods and techniques of troubleshooting and designing train control equipment failures.
Electronic engineering circuitry equipment and practices.
Concepts of reliability and fault analysis.
Software development and configuration.
Computer software and programming languages used in train control engineering.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in train control engineering project design.
Principles and practices of project scheduling and management.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Operational characteristics of analog and digital electronics, electrical circuitry, electro-mechanical mechanisms and mini- and micro-computers.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical engineering report preparation.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Skill in:
Performing a variety of advanced train control engineering duties.
Developing, reviewing, and modifying complex train control engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
Leading, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level engineering staff.
Performing computer programming.
Preparing and reviewing engineering drawings, specifications and reports.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Preparing clear and concise reports.
Developing engineering project work scopes, concepts, criteria, budgets and schedules.
Analyzing engineering problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions.
Interpreting and revising engineering plans, drawings, and specifications.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Other Requirements:
Must possess a valid California driver¿s license and have a satisfactory driving record.
Must possess sufficient mobility to make field tests and inspections.

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.

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