The Vehicle Systems Engineer (VSE) will be responsible to perform professional engineering duties in support of the repair, overhaul, evaluation, reliability, and maintenance of BART transit vehicles. They will provide support for the engineering of the train control networks, automatic train control systems, door systems, HVAC systems, friction brakes and propulsion systems, software-driven control systems, auxiliary power supply systems, electrical/electronic systems, mechanical, electro-mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems and components.

The incumbent will be directed to complete assigned REIs and work on testing, analysis, and design change and procedures. This assignment work will support the development of improved processes and designs related to the Legacy and Fleet of the Future (FOTF) vehicles and trains.

The ideal candidate has technical skills in railcar engineering. They will have experience in diagnostics, equipment testing, and troubleshooting. They will have skills in investigating and determining the cause of major transit vehicle equipment failures by applying principles of root cause failure analysis. Demonstrate competency in writing reports and technical procedures. They will be comfortable working in a shop environment and working with component / electrical repairs. They will have a degree in Electrical or related engineering field.


 Performs a variety of vehicle systems engineering duties in support of the design repair, overhaul, evaluation, reliability and maintenance of District transit vehicles.

Designs and specifies special testing and servicing equipment to troubleshoot and maintain transit vehicle subsystems.

Investigates and determines cause of major transit vehicle equipment failures and provides required corrections or equipment design changes.

Provides a variety of technical information in support of transit vehicle repair, engineering and design.

Provides technical assistance in the location and disposition of transit vehicle parts and equipment.

Participates in the analysis of vehicle equipment failures; develops, implements and documents resulting maintenance procedures and equipment design changes.

Creates a variety of technical engineering drawings, specifications and documents; ensures contract compliance, the use of proper engineering methods and compatibility with other systems.

Provides technical assistance in developing new advanced transit vehicle systems for use on District transit vehicles.

Defines quality assurance criteria and inspection procedures for the maintenance and repair of transit vehicles; audits maintenance staff to ensure compliance with standards.

Operates a variety of mechanical equipment in a safe and effective manner including electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical test equipment.

Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of transit vehicle systems engineering.

Provides expert testimony in personal injury lawsuits against the District, as assigned.



Possession of a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.


The equivalent of three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable electrical or mechanical transit vehicle systems engineering experience, or related experience.


Must possess sufficient mobility to perform field inspections and investigations.


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



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