Manager of Train Control Engineering, CBTC (Division Manager of Communication Based Train Control)

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Dec 23, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management 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, 2020 current employee cost $150.44 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

(Non-Represented PayBand 10)
$129,038.00 (Minimum), $161,297.00 (Midpoint), $195,493.00 (Maximum)
Salary commensurate with experience

Posted Date

December 23, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Filled / Futher Notice

Reports To

Group Manager Systems Engineering

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

Administers, directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) Division part of the Systems Engineering Group within the Maintenance and Engineering Department. The CBTC division have the engineering responsibility for assigned CBTC assets that support safe and reliable train operations; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; and performs other related duties as assigned.
Incumbents in this position manage, through subordinate supervisors, all CBTC Engineering activities that directly or indirectly affect the safe and reliable operation of the CBTC system. Incumbents are accountable for accomplishing division goals and objectives and for furthering District goals and objectives within general policy guidelines. These CBTC systems and functions include; but are not limited to, the following:
Zone Controllers (ZC)
Interlocking Controllers (IXL)
Auxiliary Wayside Systems (AWS)
Secondary Train Detection System (STD
Digital Communication System (DCS)
  • Wayside Radio
  • Car-Borne Radio
  • DCS Fiber
  • DCS Network Equipment
  • Network Management System
┬┐Automatic Train Supervision (ATS)
Maintenance Management System.
Onboard CBTC equipment for Maintenance Vehicles
Configuration Control of CBTC track Data Base
Interfaces between CBTC and legacy systems, including Train Control.
Vehicle Automatic Train Control Systems (VATC)
CBTC related Yard Systems
Miscellaneous Train Control support systems

Ideal incumbents will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:
An understanding of electrical, mechanical, physical, and mathematical principles applicable to CBTC, and miscellaneous support systems and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging technology, developments, and trends in these areas.
Experience Managing contracts and consultants
Experience developing technical specifications and requirements
Experience and knowledge of IEEE 1474 standards for CBTC.
Knowledge of CENELEC EN 5012X series standards is a plus.
Experience delivering a large-scale complex transit systems project
Experience with ISO/IEC 15288 - Systems Engineering Standards
INCOSE certification is a preferred
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.

Essential Job Functions

Assumes management responsibility for all activities and operations of the CBTC Division and all assigned assets.
Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
Develop CBTC specific procedures and work instructions
Ensures assigned CBTC assets have current maintenance plans, spare part plan, periodic condition assessments are performed etc.
Ensures that work products produced by division is in accordance with work instructions, quality manual, industry best practices and other applicable standards
Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
Directs the preparation of conceptual plans, detailed systems design, architecture and cost estimates; coordinates and finalizes design concept review; coordinates all aspects of project implementation.
Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for CBTC activities and staff; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
Oversees, prepares, administers and monitors CBTC consultant contracts for assigned projects.
Monitors developments and legislation related to assigned area of responsibility; evaluates impact upon district operations; recommends and implements equipment, practice and procedural improvements.
Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates CBTC personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the division's annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments.
Serves as the liaison for the CBTC division with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; provides technical assistance to the legal department and serves as an expert witness; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepares and presents periodic and special reports regarding division activities to management staff or other departments and other necessary correspondence.
Represents the District meetings with representatives of governmental agencies, transit and professional organizations and the public.
Provides responsive staff assistance to the Group Manager, Systems Engineering.
Directs the preparation of and approves final plans, specifications, cost estimates, requests for proposals and bid documents; conducts or directs analytical studies.
Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of computer systems engineering.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor's degree in digital electronic technology or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Five (5) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional systems engineering experience which must have included at least two (2) years of administrative and supervisory experience.
Subsitution: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.
Knowledge of:
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive train control engineering program.
Principles and practices of electronic and control engineering.
Operational characteristics of train control and signaling systems.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Operational characteristics of analog and digital electronics, electrical circuitry, electro-mechanical mechanisms and mini- and micro-computers.
Computer software and programming languages used in train control engineering.
Principles and practices of contract administration.
Principles and practices of project scheduling and management.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical engineering report preparation.
Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in train control engineering design.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Skill in:
Overseeing and participating in the management of a comprehensive train control engineering program.
Applying engineering principles to train control projects.
Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.
Planning and directing the design, installation, maintenance and repair of train control equipment.
Planning, organizing, directing, reviewing, and evaluating the activities of staff and contract consultants.
Participating in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures.
Preparing and administering large program budgets and contracts.
Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals.
Researching, analyzing and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques.
Interpreting and applying Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work including District officials and the general public.

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 (additional criteria may apply).

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

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.
Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions:Office environment; exposure to computer screens.
Physical Conditions: Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.


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Job Address

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