Senior Traction Power Engineer

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Nov 05, 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 capital design & 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, 2019 current employee cost $147.14 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.

Other Requirements

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.Work assignments may require performance of duties during nights and weekends and may require working adjacent to active track with electrified rail and moving trains.

Pay Rate

$105,333.00 Minimum / $131,667.00 Midpoint / $159,580.00 Maximum (Non-Represented Pay Band 7)
The starting salary will be between Min-Mid commensurate with experience

Posted Date

November 5, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice

Reports To

Assigned Engineering Manager

Days Off

Typically, Saturday and Sunday, but working variable shifts, including nights and weekends will be required.

Who May Apply

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

Current Assignment

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 -34.5kV and 1000VDC 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.
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 Traction Power 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.
Ideal incumbents will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:
Experience demonstrating Electrical Engineering skills with a minimum of 5 years work experience in the field and office
Prepare equipment specifications and procurement contracts
Be familiar with current code requirements, and industry practices
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

Essential Job Functions

Performs complex and advanced electrical engineering project duties in the preparation of engineering design plans and specifications for the District's electrical facilities and systems, including traction and utility power, corrosion protection, lighting and other equipment and systems.
Performs engineering design duties; prepares engineering design drawings and specifications, calculations and cost estimate, provides design support during construction.
Inspects equipment or facility; analyzes and makes recommendations on engineering solutions for repair, modification or maintenance.
Prepares and coordinates the preparation of construction feasibility studies and cost estimates; defines scope and develops conceptual plans; prepares electrical engineering design project proposals for management review and approval.
Provides assistance in obtaining outside consultant services; schedules consultant proposal submissions participate in evaluation of consultant proposals.
Coordinates engineering work with that of other engineering divisions and public agencies; administers control of required documentation for electrical engineering projects.
Initiates and evaluates design and field engineering changes during construction; takes field measurements of completed work; inspects construction at substantial and final completion stages; reviews, stamps, and signs design drawings as Engineer of record for construction contracts.
Prepares engineering reports, manuals and other correspondence related to work activities.
Participates in the preparation and administration of the electrical engineering program budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures.
Recommends approval of and submits contractor's progress payment applications; maintains documentation of contract deficiencies.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of electrical engineering.
Conducts field inspections, site investigations and field materials testing duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Three (3) to five (5) years of professional verifiable experience in design, electrical substructure systems design or related experience.
Substituion: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-foryear basis. A college degree is preferred.
License or Certificate: Certified professional engineering license required.
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 projectscheduling and management.
Principles and practices of engineering cost estimating.
Electrical safety procedures.
Methods and techniques of field measuring and testing.
Methods and techniques of conducting construction site inspection and investigation.
Electricalsystems and facilities.
Advanced mathematical principles.
Principles and practices of contract administration and management.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs orsystems 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.
Reading blueprints and schematics.
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 EmployeeConnect.

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


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