Principal Computer Systems Engineer - Networking

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Apr 18, 2019
Full Time Engineering Information Technology and Communication Services

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 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

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.

Pay Rate

$109,929 Minimum / 140,160 Midpoint / $170,391 Maximum (Non-Represented PayBand 8)
The starting salary will be in the mid-range.

Posted Date

February 25, 2019

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, will be required.

Who May Apply

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

Current Assignment

The Principal Computer System Engineer at BART is a supervisory level responsible for technical and project leadership. You'll be playing a key role in leading teams for the design, installation, testing and maintenance of BART's Communications Networking Infrastructure. The Principal Computer Systems Engineer - Network performs the most complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; administers and participates in all computer systems engineering project activities; 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; and performs related duties as assigned.
Position requires day-to-day coordination with Maintenance and Operations Control Center personnel, hands-on monitoring, and control of the operational systems and troubleshooting operational problems.
Principal Computer Systems Engineers provides leadership on complex projects; are responsible for coordinating the development of project scopes, schedules and cost estimates; delivery of projects, lead and supervise Engineers and Consultants, review asset/equipment performance to ascertain root cause, and design/implement improvements. Principal Engineers typically have full engineering responsibility for several asset classes assigned.
Beyond the minimum qualifications, Principal Computer Systems Engineers should have 10 years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable computer systems engineering management and project experience.

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.
Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.
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.
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  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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