Senior Electrical Engineer

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • May 10, 2019
Full Time Engineering

Job Description

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you both: 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and employment stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over 400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement program.


The Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department has over 1500 employees who serve San Francisco Bay Area communities by providing safe and reliable infrastructure to enable on-time service. M&E Engineering leads over one hundred design & capital construction projects along with providing technical expertise for all infrastructure assets apart from rail vehicles. We focus on safety, reliability, and innovation to benefit passengers and employees so trains and projects can move swiftly every day. We hire maintenance-friendly Engineering talent who bring a high level of technical capability, accountability, and enthusiasm for continuous improvement.

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2018 current employee cost $143.93 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$99,708 Minimum / $127,129 Midpoint / $154,549 Maximum (Non-Represented Pay Band 7)
(The starting salary will be in the mid-range)

Posted Date

January 31, 2019
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Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice

Reports To

Assigned Engineering Manager

Days Off

Typically, Saturdays and Sundays, but working variable shifts, including nights and weekends, may be required.

Who May Apply

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

Current Assignment

This posting covers Senior Electrical Engineers within the Electrical and Traction Power Engineering Divisions of Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Senior Electrical Engineers have significant technical expertise, oversee projects, and are role models for more junior staff.
The scope of the Electrical and Traction Power Engineering Divisions includes the development and modification of BART's facilities and systems such as:
  • Electrical Division (Lower Voltage - 4 KVAC and below)
    • Responsible for complete electrical design and calculations for assets including: facility electrical power; cathodic protection; fire alarm systems; emergency lighting; power distribution, conversion, control, and storage systems; lighting; battery uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and backup generators.
  • Traction Power Division (Higher Voltage - 35 KV AC and above)
    • Responsible for complete electrical design and calculations for assets including: substations, switchgear, rectifiers, traction power distribution, utility power, protective relays and PLCs, grounding, transformers, and cables.
Education and experience preferred in the Electrical branch of Engineering. Desirable skills, capabilities, and experience are described, as follows:
Beyond the minimum qualifications, Senior Electrical Engineers must have experience demonstrating Electrical Engineering skills with a minimum of 7 years work experience in the field and office; prepare equipment specifications and procurement contracts; be familiar with current code requirements, and industry practices. Assignments include working in supervisory capacity over BART and/or contracted staff, leading project teams, coordinating with other engineering disciplines to ensure high quality designs. Senior Electrical Engineers provide leadership in multi-discipline project teams; are responsible for design integration, QA/QC, and coordinating the development of project scopes, schedules, and cost estimates.
Candidates with a P.E. in a state other than California may be considered if a California P.E. is achieved within 6 months of hire date. Candidates without a P.E. may apply to Engineer openings to be considered.
Ideal incumbents will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:
  • Strong Electrical Engineering skills and experience.
  • Excellent problem solving ability.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and explain complex/technical issues to BART management and leaders.
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to handle such diverse aspects of the work as project scoping, planning, budgeting, requirements analysis, conceptual engineering, detailed design, implementation planning, installation coordination, performance measurement, and analysis.
  • Understanding of Critical path method scheduling.
  • Understanding of the different approaches to electrical equipment maintenance.
  • Willingness to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days at a time (in rotation with others), to work occasionally during overnight and weekend maintenance windows, and to work occasionally in noisy and dirty environments or in foul weather and in close proximity to moving trains.
  • An understanding of electrical, mechanical, physical, and mathematical principles applicable to the BART train control, traction power, ventilation, HVAC, and other miscellaneous support systems and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging technology, developments, and trends in these areas.

Essential Job Functions

Incumbents in these positions will receive assignments on a variety of ongoing projects, including planning, design, procurement, and engineering support during construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of assets.
  • Day-to-day support of, and coordination with, maintenance personnel, including trouble-shooting, system repair and upgrades, asset management (operating and maintenance procedures, spare part inventory planning).
  • Develop and stamp detailed designs, with testing and commissioning plans suitable for execution by contractors.
  • Recommend and implement new technology to enhance functionality, simplify designs, and reduce lifecycle costs with the objective of improving system performance and reliability.
  • Use appropriate test and evaluation methods to evaluate alternatives and present case for recommendations, including sustainable design principals when applicable.
  • Perform failure analysis and provide corrective actions.
  • Conduct design reviews, incorporate lessons learned, and update documentation, including BART design criteria and standards.
  • Gather and analyze data on operating equipment and systems. Pursue proactive solutions to avoid service interruptions.
  • Prepare preventive maintenance procedures for new equipment and systems.
  • Perform analysis of preventive maintenance, repair history, and production data to identify critical assets/equipment.
  • Reverse engineering of obsolete parts and design replacements for continued operation.
  • Perform and review risk and alternatives analyses, including cost estimating and scheduling.
  • Perform and review electrical calculations - such as short-circuit, voltage drop, and lighting - with the use of software.
  • Perform and oversee analysis or simulations of Traction Power facilities.
  • Inspect electrical facilities and develop punch lists for corrective action. Analyze and recommend engineering solutions for repair, modification, maintenance, and changes in contractor's scope of work, etc.
  • Evaluate existing engineering processes and recommend improvements.
  • Understand electrical power distribution and controls design, write and review specifications, analyze, evaluate, test, execute field tasks, and resolve field problems.
  • Collaborate with multiple functional groups, including Mechanical Engineering, Reliability Engineering, Civil, Structural and Construction Engineering, Systems Engineering, as well as Operations and Maintenance personnel. Must have the ability to work and interact in a maintenance shop environment.
  • Review asset/equipment performance to ascertain root cause and design/implement improvements.
  • Create reviews and modify bills of materials (BOM), identify critical spares.
NOTE: Because some projects are based on capital work, some of the positions are capital positions and are subject to time and funding limitations.

Minimum Qualifications

Education :
A Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience :
Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional electrical engineering experience.
License or Certificate :
Registration as a professional electrical engineer in the State of California.
Other Requirements :
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
Must be physically able to conduct field inspections and testing as assigned.
Environmental Conditions :
Office environment; field environment; construction site environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions when conducting field inspections and investigations.
Physical Conditions :
Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Knowledge of :
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive electrical engineering program.
Principles and practices of electrical engineering design and construction.
Principles and practices of electrical equipment and materials.
Principles and practices of project scheduling and management.
Principles and practices of engineering cost estimating.
Methods and techniques of field measuring and testing.
Methods and techniques of conducting construction site inspection and investigation.
Electrical systems and facilities.
Advanced mathematical principles.
Principles and practices of contract administration and management.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in electrical engineering design and construction including CADD.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Related building codes, regulations and provisions.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Related IEE, ANSI, NFPA, IESNA and other codes/design guidelines.
Skill in :
Developing, reviewing, and modifying complex electrical engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
Leading, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level engineering staff.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Preparing clear and concise reports.
Managing and administering electrical engineering contracts.
Analyzing complex electrical engineering problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending solutions.
Performing field inspections and taking measurements.
Developing engineering project work scopes, criteria, budgets and schedules.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Interpreting and preparing revisions to engineering plans, drawings, and specifications.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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 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).

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, 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 .

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

Other Information

Please note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.
Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.


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