$113,621.00 / annually (Minimum) to $172,136.00 / annually (Maximum) – (Non-Represented Pay Band 7). The initial salary offer will be between $113,621.00 – $156,622.86, to commensurate with experience.
Open until filled
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 candidates for vacancies that may
occur within the next twelve (12) months.
The Senior Vehicle Systems Engineer (SVSE) will be responsible for solving more complex and difficult
engineering problems. They will participate in the repair, overhaul, testing and evaluation of transit vehicles’ electrical, mechanical, electromechanical systems, soft ware-controlled systems, TCMS, VATC, HVAC, friction brake, propulsion, diagnostic and special testing tools, and other components. Positions at this level possess a specialized, technical, or functional expertise and may exercise an independent judgement in the performance of all duties. The incumbent may perform other duties such as witness testing, documentation review, supporting shops as assigned by their manager.
The selected candidates could be assigned to positions in the Vehicle Systems Engineering group or the
Communications-Based Train Control group.
Ideal candidate for the Vehicle Systems Engineering (VSE) group:
The ideal candidate would have a degree in Electrical, Electronics or Computer-related Engineering with 3
years’ experience in systems engineering. They will demonstrate high competency in writing reports and
technical procedures. They will be comfortable working in a shop environment. The ideal candidate will
have the ability to express ideas and suggestions, influence without authority, and can seek solutions to
challenges. In addition, he or she will have experience with time-sensitive projects, the ability to express
ideas and suggestions, influence without authority, and strong problem-solving skills.
Ideal candidate for the Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) group:
The ideal candidate would have a degree in Electrical, Electronics or Computer-related Engineering with 3
years’ experience in systems engineering including train control modernization project experience. The
BART Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) makes use of the telecommunications between the train and trackside equipment for traffic management and infrastructure control.
They will be comfortable working in a shop environment. The ideal candidate will have the ability to express ideas and suggestions, influence without authority, and can seek solutions to challenges. In addition, he or she will have experience with time-sensitive projects, the ability to express ideas and suggestions, influence without authority, and strong problem-solving skills.
Essential Job Functions:
Responsible for the more difficult and complex repair, overhaul, evaluation, and reliability of District
transit vehicles including electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical systems and components;
investigates and determines the cause of major transit vehicle equipment failures.
Develops and prepares technical specifications for new and rebuilt transit vehicles and components;
oversees the testing and quality assurance of supplier materials.
Provides technical support to the shops to ensure that the District’s revenue fleet’s HVAC systems are
Designs and specifies special testing and servicing equipment to troubleshoot and maintain various
transit vehicle subsystems.
Reviews assigned engineering drawings and documents; ensures contract compliance, the use of
proper engineering methods and compatibility with other systems.
Attends design review meetings and presents the District’s position on new and rebuilt transit vehicle
Defines quality assurance criteria and inspection procedures for maintenance and repair of transit
vehicles; audits maintenance staff to ensure compliance with standards.
Determines District requirements for electrical and electro-mechanical subsystems; researches
industry standards and incorporates into specifications as applicable.
Analyzes complex vehicle equipment failures; develops, implements and documents resulting
maintenance procedures and equipment design changes.
Identifies and resolves transit vehicle project issues; resolves or refers to appropriate division.
Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including vehicle systems engineering methods,
procedures and techniques.
Operates a variety of mechanical equipment in a safe and effective manner including electrical,
mechanical and electro-mechanical test equipment.
Reviews and approves/rejects drawings and other technical submittals from car builder for new D and
Prepares a variety of analytical and statistical reports on program operations and activities.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations
in the field of transit vehicle systems engineering.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field form an accredited college or university.
Experience: Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) professional verifiable experience in electromechanical
engineering, maintenance or related experience.
Other Requirements: Successful completion of the Engineer-In-Training exam for California is desirable.
Substitution: Additional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive transit vehicle engineering program
Key suppliers and sub-suppliers to the rail and transit industries
Design principles and practices for rail and transit vehicles
Principles of leadership and training
Advanced principles and practices of mechanical or electrical engineering as may relate to transit
Transit vehicle electrical and mechanical equipment and subsystems
Operational characteristics of transit vehicles, systems and components
Design and repair specifications for new and rebuilt transit vehicles and components
Advanced principles and practices of engineering specification preparation and review
Computers and applications utilized in transit vehicle diagnostics
Operational characteristics of various mechanical testing equipment and tools
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
Related Federal, State and local codes, laws and regulations
Independently performing the most difficult transit vehicle inspection, maintenance and repair
Interpreting, explaining and enforcing department policies and procedures
Preparing design and maintenance specifications and drawings
Operating a variety of mechanical, electrical and electronic testing equipment in a safe and effective
Analyzing complex vehicle equipment failures and developing equipment design changes
Reviewing engineering drawings and ensuring compliance with contract guidelines
Evaluating and resolving complex transit vehicle engineering problems
Preparing a variety of complex engineering drawings, specifications and reports
Defining quality assurance criteria and inspection procedures for maintenance and repair of transit
Organization and time management
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
Shop environment; high voltage noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases; office environment.
May require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of
time; operating motorized equipment and vehicles; working or inspecting in confined spaces; working around
heavy construction equipment; must be physically able to conduct field inspections and testing as assigned.
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 a panel and/or individual 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 may include 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).
External applicants may only apply online, at www.bart.gov/jobs. 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 www.bart.gov/jobs, or on WebBART.
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, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status, military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and 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 emailing at least 5 days before
your examination date at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, veterans 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 www.bart.gov/jobs.