Principal Train Control Engineer (Non-Represented)

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Engineering 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 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, 2021 current employee cost $153.85 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 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

Assigned Engineering Manager or designee

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 Principal Train Control Engineers within the Train Control Engineering (TCE) Division of the Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).
Beyond minimum qualifications Principal Engineers, must have a minimum of 10 years work experience in engineering project administration; work on larger projects, have more areas of subject matter expertise, provide mentoring to junior staff, lead small project teams, and interact with outside groups as required. Principal Train Control Engineers provide leadership on complex projects; participate in the development of project scopes, schedules and cost estimates; lead/supervise Train Control Engineers, review asset/equipment performance to ascertain root cause, and design/implement improvements. P.E. is preferred.
Incumbents in these positions will receive assignments on a variety of ongoing projects, including project management, technical design, documentation, implementation, testing and maintenance support of both hardware and software modifications to the Automatic Train Control (ATC), Automatic Train Operation (ATO), and Automatic Train Protection (ATP) systems of the District's train control system.
These systems include, but are not limited to, the following:
Communication Based Train Control
Microprocessor Based Interlocking Systems
  • VHLC (Vital Harmon Logic Controller)
  • VPI (Vital Processor Interlocking)
Relay Based Interlocking Systems
Sequential Occupancy Release System (SORS)
Program Stop & Train ID System (PS/ID)
Train Control Room Multiplex Speed Encoding Systems
  • Microprocessor based Multiplex Speed Encoding System (NSMUX)
  • Legacy Westinghouse Multiplex Speed Encoding System (MUX)
Wayside Multiplex Speed Encoding System (WMUX)
Vehicle Automatic Train Control Systems (VATC)
Ideal Incumbents/Candidates Will Possess the Following Skills:
Experience supervising staff and consultants.
Experience in programming and reverse engineering of train control software systems using ladder logic or Boolean equation logic.
Experience with design, programming and administration of database systems, specifically VHLC, VPI, and other train control industry systems.
Experience with software configuration management and version control, using tools such as PVCS, CVS, subversion or similar, coupled with a comprehensive bug-tracking system such as Bugzilla.
An understanding of modern communications networks and protocols.
Experience with systems and application implementation interfacing with other internal or external systems.
Experience with real-time, distributed data collection systems and associated system architectures.
Experience with working in a critical time-sensitive operational environment:
  • Providing close support and troubleshooting in such an environment,
  • Introducing changes in a controlled and reversible manner,
  • Investigating incidents both historically and in real-time,
  • Seeing the big picture and triaging problems,
  • Maintaining an end-user/customer focus and timely support to Operations,
  • Investigating and resolving reported problems while maintaining end-user/customer focus, and
  • Preparing detailed reports to document the problem, troubleshooting methods and eventual resolution.
  • Developing/implementing improvements in order to improve on incident response.
Experience with process automation for remote data collection, transformation, reporting, and analysis.
Experience working with a mixture of legacy and modern systems in order to facilitate system updates and maintain system compatibility.
Experience with design and operation of systems handling vital safety sensitive data.
Experience with devising software testing procedures and perform software testing.
Understanding of computer systems security and security procedures and practices.
Experience with user-interface engineering, knowledge of applicable display and input devices and familiarity with human-machine interface principles;
Excellent problem-solving ability, either individually or in a team environment;
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and explain complex/technical issues to BART management and leaders.
Experience working with and managing contractors and vendors in the execution of contracts and agreements, including implementation planning, deployment coordination, and quality evaluation of work product.
Experience with gathering user requirements from internal and external stakeholders and developing system technical specifications for implementation.
Keep up to date with emerging technology such as CBTC and developments and trends in the computer, software and transit and railroad industry, while maintaining membership of appropriate professional institutions, such as AREMA.
Design and lead risk management projects, risk register analytics, root cause analysis, drive resolution of complex program including risk registers.
Engineering projects in close cooperation with Maintenance, which may include engineering standards/drawings, reviews, and updates.
Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques and apply innovative techniques to improve project performance.
Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget, and troubleshoot and resolve complex challenges in all aspects of project closeout.
Track and evaluate future project technical needs, and coordinate capital funding challenges and improvements.
Development of required contract documents to drive optimized purchasing, and ensure contract documents conform to all district, state, and federal requirements.
Ensure resource availability and allocation, and track and optimize funding streams including multiple grant sources.
Guide and direct resolution of project difficulties and complex control and technical problems around scope, schedules, and/or budget, using analytics for early detection of control issues in large portfolios.
Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and to handle such diverse aspects of the work as project planning, budgeting, requirements analysis, conceptual engineering, detailed design, system sizing, implementation planning, programming, installation coordination, vendor management, performance measurement, and analysis.
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

Incumbents in these positions will lead projects and assignments of new and ongoing projects, including planning, design, procurement, and engineering support during construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of assets.
Incorporates safety in all aspects of job performance and is a role model for others in driving a culture of safety first and continuous improvement.
Supervise staff and consultants.
Positions require coordination with Train Control Maintenance and the Operations Control Center personnel to provide engineering support in troubleshooting operational problems.
Procurement of train control equipment, including development of technical specifications, drawings, test tools, quality control and training for Engineering and Maintenance staff.
Management of capital projects including preparation of Quarterly FTA Reports, Quarterly Performance Review Reports, status reports, review and approve invoices.
Provide engineering and systems integration support to other department projects including, review of contact specifications, attend project meetings and act as the TC Engineering liaison to the project.
Provide TC Engineering support to "Top Ten List" of high priority items as identified by TC Maintenance which may include working off-shift hours.
Provide TC Engineering support to RS&S which may include working on board revenue vehicles to troubleshoot VATC problems.
Develop SOPs, Maintenance Directives and Maintenance Bulletins as required to support TC Maintenance activities.
Recommend visions to the BART Facilities Standards (BFS) to reflect the latest industry best practices.


Minimum Qualifications

Education :
A Bachelor's degree in electronics, computer science, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience :
Four (4) years of train control systems engineering experience which must have included at least one (1) year of administrative or supervisory responsibility.
Substitution:
Additional professional level 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 train control engineering and computer equipment program.
Principles and concepts of train control engineering.
Principles and practices of train control and signaling systems.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Materials, tools, methods, and equipment used in the maintenance, modification and installation of train control systems and equipment.
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.
Operational characteristics of analog and digital electronics, electrical circuitry, electro-mechanical mechanisms and mini- and micro computers.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical engineering report preparation.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in project management and design.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Skill in :
Planning and evaluating schedules, processes and procedures for the design, installation, and maintenance of train control computer systems and equipment.
Directing and coordinating District train control engineering projects.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Interpreting and revising engineering plans, drawings and specifications.
Preparing clear and concise reports.
Analyzing complex engineering issues, evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Selecting, supervising, training, and evaluating staff.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Environmental Conditions :
Office environment; exposure to computer screens; field environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, gases, heat and cold.


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 screening qualifications may be applied.

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.

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

This posting covers Principal Train Control Engineers within the Train Control Engineering (TCE) Division of the Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART).
Beyond minimum qualifications Principal Engineers, must have a minimum of 10 years work experience in engineering project administration; work on larger projects, have more areas of subject matter expertise, provide mentoring to junior staff, lead small project teams, and interact with outside groups as required. Principal Train Control Engineers provide leadership on complex projects; participate in the development of project scopes, schedules and cost estimates; lead/supervise Train Control Engineers, review asset/equipment performance to ascertain root cause, and design/implement improvements. P.E. is preferred.
Incumbents in these positions will receive assignments on a variety of ongoing projects, including project management, technical design, documentation, implementation, testing and maintenance support of both hardware and software modifications to the Automatic Train Control (ATC), Automatic Train Operation (ATO), and Automatic Train Protection (ATP) systems of the District's train control system.
These systems include, but are not limited to, the following:
Communication Based Train Control
Microprocessor Based Interlocking Systems
  • VHLC (Vital Harmon Logic Controller)
  • VPI (Vital Processor Interlocking)
Relay Based Interlocking Systems
Sequential Occupancy Release System (SORS)
Program Stop & Train ID System (PS/ID)
Train Control Room Multiplex Speed Encoding Systems
  • Microprocessor based Multiplex Speed Encoding System (NSMUX)
  • Legacy Westinghouse Multiplex Speed Encoding System (MUX)
Wayside Multiplex Speed Encoding System (WMUX)
Vehicle Automatic Train Control Systems (VATC)
Ideal Incumbents/Candidates Will Possess the Following Skills:
Experience supervising staff and consultants.
Experience in programming and reverse engineering of train control software systems using ladder logic or Boolean equation logic.
Experience with design, programming and administration of database systems, specifically VHLC, VPI, and other train control industry systems.
Experience with software configuration management and version control, using tools such as PVCS, CVS, subversion or similar, coupled with a comprehensive bug-tracking system such as Bugzilla.
An understanding of modern communications networks and protocols.
Experience with systems and application implementation interfacing with other internal or external systems.
Experience with real-time, distributed data collection systems and associated system architectures.
Experience with working in a critical time-sensitive operational environment:
  • Providing close support and troubleshooting in such an environment,
  • Introducing changes in a controlled and reversible manner,
  • Investigating incidents both historically and in real-time,
  • Seeing the big picture and triaging problems,
  • Maintaining an end-user/customer focus and timely support to Operations,
  • Investigating and resolving reported problems while maintaining end-user/customer focus, and
  • Preparing detailed reports to document the problem, troubleshooting methods and eventual resolution.
  • Developing/implementing improvements in order to improve on incident response.
Experience with process automation for remote data collection, transformation, reporting, and analysis.
Experience working with a mixture of legacy and modern systems in order to facilitate system updates and maintain system compatibility.
Experience with design and operation of systems handling vital safety sensitive data.
Experience with devising software testing procedures and perform software testing.
Understanding of computer systems security and security procedures and practices.
Experience with user-interface engineering, knowledge of applicable display and input devices and familiarity with human-machine interface principles;
Excellent problem-solving ability, either individually or in a team environment;
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and explain complex/technical issues to BART management and leaders.
Experience working with and managing contractors and vendors in the execution of contracts and agreements, including implementation planning, deployment coordination, and quality evaluation of work product.
Experience with gathering user requirements from internal and external stakeholders and developing system technical specifications for implementation.
Keep up to date with emerging technology such as CBTC and developments and trends in the computer, software and transit and railroad industry, while maintaining membership of appropriate professional institutions, such as AREMA.
Design and lead risk management projects, risk register analytics, root cause analysis, drive resolution of complex program including risk registers.
Engineering projects in close cooperation with Maintenance, which may include engineering standards/drawings, reviews, and updates.
Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques and apply innovative techniques to improve project performance.
Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget, and troubleshoot and resolve complex challenges in all aspects of project closeout.
Track and evaluate future project technical needs, and coordinate capital funding challenges and improvements.
Development of required contract documents to drive optimized purchasing, and ensure contract documents conform to all district, state, and federal requirements.
Ensure resource availability and allocation, and track and optimize funding streams including multiple grant sources.
Guide and direct resolution of project difficulties and complex control and technical problems around scope, schedules, and/or budget, using analytics for early detection of control issues in large portfolios.
Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams, and to handle such diverse aspects of the work as project planning, budgeting, requirements analysis, conceptual engineering, detailed design, system sizing, implementation planning, programming, installation coordination, vendor management, performance measurement, and analysis.
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

Incumbents in these positions will lead projects and assignments of new and ongoing projects, including planning, design, procurement, and engineering support during construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of assets.
Incorporates safety in all aspects of job performance and is a role model for others in driving a culture of safety first and continuous improvement.
Supervise staff and consultants.
Positions require coordination with Train Control Maintenance and the Operations Control Center personnel to provide engineering support in troubleshooting operational problems.
Procurement of train control equipment, including development of technical specifications, drawings, test tools, quality control and training for Engineering and Maintenance staff.
Management of capital projects including preparation of Quarterly FTA Reports, Quarterly Performance Review Reports, status reports, review and approve invoices.
Provide engineering and systems integration support to other department projects including, review of contact specifications, attend project meetings and act as the TC Engineering liaison to the project.
Provide TC Engineering support to "Top Ten List" of high priority items as identified by TC Maintenance which may include working off-shift hours.
Provide TC Engineering support to RS&S which may include working on board revenue vehicles to troubleshoot VATC problems.
Develop SOPs, Maintenance Directives and Maintenance Bulletins as required to support TC Maintenance activities.
Recommend visions to the BART Facilities Standards (BFS) to reflect the latest industry best practices.


Minimum Qualifications

Education :
A Bachelor's degree in electronics, computer science, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience :
Four (4) years of train control systems engineering experience which must have included at least one (1) year of administrative or supervisory responsibility.
Substitution:
Additional professional level 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 train control engineering and computer equipment program.
Principles and concepts of train control engineering.
Principles and practices of train control and signaling systems.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Materials, tools, methods, and equipment used in the maintenance, modification and installation of train control systems and equipment.
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.
Operational characteristics of analog and digital electronics, electrical circuitry, electro-mechanical mechanisms and mini- and micro computers.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical engineering report preparation.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in project management and design.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Skill in :
Planning and evaluating schedules, processes and procedures for the design, installation, and maintenance of train control computer systems and equipment.
Directing and coordinating District train control engineering projects.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Interpreting and revising engineering plans, drawings and specifications.
Preparing clear and concise reports.
Analyzing complex engineering issues, evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions.
Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
Selecting, supervising, training, and evaluating staff.
WORKING CONDITIONS
Environmental Conditions :
Office environment; exposure to computer screens; field environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, fumes, gases, heat and cold.


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 screening qualifications may be applied.

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.

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

Oakland, California United States View Map