Principal Computer Systems Engineer (Communications), Non-Represented

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Engineering Information Technology and Communication Services Planning and Development

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 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.

Conditions of Employment

All new or rehired San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. You will be required to show proof of your completed COVID-19 vaccination prior to receiving a final offer, unless you receive a COVID-19 Vaccination reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or a religious exemption due to an approved sincerely held religious belief that prohibits you from receiving a vaccine. BART will review requests for a reasonable accommodation or religious exemption on a case-by-case basis. Documentation may be required. For questions, please contact BART Human Resources, Leave Management at HRDP@bart.gov .

Department

The Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department at BART has over 1500 employees who serve San Francisco Bay Area communities every day 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 operational infrastructure assets except 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

Non-Represented Pay Band 08
Minimum: $112,707.00/year - Maximum: $170,751.00/year
Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

Posted Date

July 12, 2021

Closing Date

Open until filled/further notice- first review of applications will begin on August 16, 2021
Note: This job announcement may be closed or canceled at any time.

Reports To

Manager of Computer Systems Engineering

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

Incumbents in this position will receive assignments on a variety of ongoing projects and critical assets, including design, documentation, implementation, and testing of enhancements and software corrections to the advanced systems responsible for real-time monitoring and supervision of BART trains and the BART central train control systems. The scope of the Communications Engineering Division includes engineering and support responsibilities, development and modification of BART assets such as:
  • BART's District wide Harris P25 Trunk Radios system including, Dispatch Radio Consoles, Radio Fire Remote, Maestro Radio Consoles, Tunnel Radio Nodes;
  • Analog and Digital Closed-Circuit Television Systems, Servers and Storage;
  • Analog and VoIP Phones systems, Tunnel Mine Phones, Vertical Fire Phones, Gallery Emergency Phones Cable Plant White Courtesy Phone, 911 Call Box, Emergency Telephones, PABX Telephones;
  • District wide Digital Public Address (PA) System;
  • BART Districtwide Operational Technology Infrastructure;
  • SCADA (Supervisory Control Data Acquisition) systems used for 3rd Rail Trips, Security System, Station Agent Console Control Stations; Station Agent Talk-Thru communications Control;
  • 48VDC Station Power System;
  • Fiber Optic and Copper Cable inside and outside of plant facility;
  • High Frequency Point to Point Microwave Radio Systems;
Desired skills, capabilities, and experience beyond the minimum qualifications are described as follows:
  • Must have a minimum of 7 years work experience in engineering project administration; responsible for overall system architecture, setting long term strategic goals and possess a significant breadth of subject matter knowledge and expertise. Principal Communication Engineers have detailed subject matter expertise in certain areas, and act as consultants to others in their areas of expertise. Principal Communication Engineers provide leadership on complex projects; are responsible for coordinating the development of project scopes, schedules and cost estimates; lead/supervise Engineers, review asset/equipment performance to ascertain root cause, and design/implement improvements. Principal Communication Engineers interact with other departments to reach common understanding and policy decisions. Mentor and supervise engineers within the division, and conduct performance appraisals. Principal Communication Engineers act as project managers from time to time for large capital projects, prepare required Executive Decision Documents, and make Board of Directors Meeting presentations. Lead, prepare, and report out on project budgets and scheduling activities.
Ideal incumbents will possess the following skills:
Developing, reviewing, and modifying complex electronics and communications engineering systems.
Motivating, leading, organizing and reviewing the work of less experienced engineering staff.
Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.
Designing, developing and implementing computer system software programs.
Performing and reviewing complex calculations.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Preparing and reviewing drawings, specifications, and plans.
Utilizing specialized test equipment including oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, OTDR and RF test equipment.
Analyzing complex engineering problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending solutions.
Interpreting and preparing revisions to engineering plans, drawings, and specifications.
Understanding and following verbal and written instructions.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both verbal and written.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
Conduct field inspections and testing as assigned.
Ability to walk, stand, and/or sit for prolonged periods of time.
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and explain complex/technical issues to BART management and leaders.
Theoretical and practical (hands-on) ability working with mission-critical, real-time, distributed internetworked systems and associated software architectures.
Excellent problem-solving ability.
Experience with developing, implementing, and interpreting goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work practices.
Familiarity working in a critical operational environment where keeping things running is vital.
Provide technical support and troubleshooting skills in an operational environment. Triage problems, introduce changes in a controlled and reversible method, performing root cause analysis of incidents both historically and in real-time.
Understand the big picture and maintain an end-user/customer focus.
Ability to evaluate, train, and motivate assigned personnel.
Technical Skills Required for position:
Ability to prepare and execute strategic, technical, capacity, and tactical plans on telecommunications systems, including cost effective voice/data network utilization and integration strategies.
Ability to establish performance measures and Key Process Indicators (KPIs).
Experience in preparing and administrating large department/program budgets and contracts, as well as developing cost reduction strategies through cost effective network design and utilization.
Ability to administer security for system/remote access and disaster recovery.
Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State, local policies, laws, and regulations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Comprehensive knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive Communications Engineering program.
Operational characteristics of voice data systems
Methods and techniques of preparing technical specifications.
Principles and practices of electronics and communications engineering.
Operational characteristics of microprocessors.
Methods and techniques of troubleshooting and diagnosing equipment faults.
Computer programming languages in assigned project area.
Electronic circuit design and performance.
Materials and equipment used in the design, development, maintenance of electronics, and communications equipment.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical engineering report preparation.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs, modelling and simulation tools, and systems utilized in engineering project design including CAD.
Principles and practices of program development, implementation, and administration.
Principles and practices of project control, administration, budgeting, and scheduling.
Principles and practices of preventative maintenance and repair activities for electronic equipment.
Principles of supervision, employee training, development, goal setting, and performance evaluation.
Willingness to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days at a time (in rotation with others), to work as needed 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 Communications Engineering theory and practice, including telephone systems, radio communication, digital data network operation, and common Communications protocols. An understanding of electrical, mechanical, physical, and mathematical principles applicable in communications, engineering, and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging technology, developments, and trends in these areas.

Essential Job Functions

Performs the most complex computer systems engineering work in the District; plans, reviews and approves computer systems project schedules; assists in strategic planning; prepares status reports; coordinates project resources; communicates with all project participants on relevant issues, identifies and resolves computer engineering issues.
Establishes schedules and methods for providing computer system engineering project services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
Participates in the development of policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures.
Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; implements approved policies and procedures.
Participates in the review of consultant proposals and designs; recommends awards; conducts or participates in the pre-bid conferences prior to system contract awards.
Determines user requirements for assigned computer systems; determines hardware and software design necessary to accomplish projects; evaluates resources; makes recommendations on systems hardware and software; coordinates procurement.
Prepares analytical and statistical reports on computer systems engineering operations, activities and projects.
Represents the District in public meetings and hearings on proposed projects.
Provides technical computer systems engineering assistance to management, contractors, and other divisions and departments.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of computer systems engineering.
May supervise, assign, review and participate in the work of staff responsible for computer systems engineering projects including software configuration control, simulator testing, quality control, integration, and documentation; as assigned, may oversee the work of outside contractors and consultants.
May participate in the selection of District or contracted engineering staff; provide or coordinate staff training; may work with employees to correct deficiencies; may implement discipline procedures.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor's degree in computer systems, electrical or electronics engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable computer systems engineering project experience.
Substitution: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.
Knowledge of:
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive computer systems engineering program.
Operational characteristics of computer engineering systems including connectivity to multiple systems and locations.
Computer systems, operations and methodologies.
Computer and control system hardware and software capabilities.
Contract preparation and administration.
Methods and techniques of estimating and scheduling computer system modifications.
Concepts of real-time systems analysis and programming.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical report preparation.
Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in project management and design.
Related procurement practices, procedures and requirements.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Skill in:
Performing the most complex computer system analysis, design and project management duties.
Preparing computer systems design criteria, specifications and standards.
Performing and reviewing complex calculations.

Analyzing complex technical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Preparing clear, concise and complete reports.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Supervising, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level staff.
Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.

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 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. 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 employment@bart.gov .

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.


Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Environmental Conditions:
Office environment; exposure to computer screens.
Physical Conditions:
May require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Note

When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please email Employment Help at employment@bart.gov for assistance.

To verify submission of your application, click on the 'My Career Tools' link at the top of the 'Careers Home Page' after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please email the Employment Help at employment@bart.gov , between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.



Essential Job Functions

Performs the most complex computer systems engineering work in the District; plans, reviews and approves computer systems project schedules; assists in strategic planning; prepares status reports; coordinates project resources; communicates with all project participants on relevant issues, identifies and resolves computer engineering issues.
Establishes schedules and methods for providing computer system engineering project services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
Participates in the development of policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures.
Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; implements approved policies and procedures.
Participates in the review of consultant proposals and designs; recommends awards; conducts or participates in the pre-bid conferences prior to system contract awards.
Determines user requirements for assigned computer systems; determines hardware and software design necessary to accomplish projects; evaluates resources; makes recommendations on systems hardware and software; coordinates procurement.
Prepares analytical and statistical reports on computer systems engineering operations, activities and projects.
Represents the District in public meetings and hearings on proposed projects.
Provides technical computer systems engineering assistance to management, contractors, and other divisions and departments.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of computer systems engineering.
May supervise, assign, review and participate in the work of staff responsible for computer systems engineering projects including software configuration control, simulator testing, quality control, integration, and documentation; as assigned, may oversee the work of outside contractors and consultants.
May participate in the selection of District or contracted engineering staff; provide or coordinate staff training; may work with employees to correct deficiencies; may implement discipline procedures.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor's degree in computer systems, electrical or electronics engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable computer systems engineering project experience.
Substitution: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.
Knowledge of:
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive computer systems engineering program.
Operational characteristics of computer engineering systems including connectivity to multiple systems and locations.
Computer systems, operations and methodologies.
Computer and control system hardware and software capabilities.
Contract preparation and administration.
Methods and techniques of estimating and scheduling computer system modifications.
Concepts of real-time systems analysis and programming.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical report preparation.
Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in project management and design.
Related procurement practices, procedures and requirements.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Skill in:
Performing the most complex computer system analysis, design and project management duties.
Preparing computer systems design criteria, specifications and standards.
Performing and reviewing complex calculations.

Analyzing complex technical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Preparing clear, concise and complete reports.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Supervising, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level staff.
Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.

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 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. 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 employment@bart.gov .

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.


Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Environmental Conditions:
Office environment; exposure to computer screens.
Physical Conditions:
May require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Note

When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please email Employment Help at employment@bart.gov for assistance.

To verify submission of your application, click on the 'My Career Tools' link at the top of the 'Careers Home Page' after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please email the Employment Help at employment@bart.gov , between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.

Job Address

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