Computer Systems Engineer

  • 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

$86,132 Minimum / $109,819 Midpoint / $133,506 Maximum (Non-represented Pay Band 5)
The starting salary will be in the mid-range.

Posted Date

January 24, 2019
*NOTE: The 'Current Assignment' and 'Essential Job Functions' sections were updated on January 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, may be required.

Who May Apply

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

Current Assignment

You'll be playing a key development and system administration role in the Communications Engineering Division of BART. The incumbent selected for this position will responsible for reviewing contract drawings for content and function, developing specifications and drawings for construction and for modification of electronic and communication systems for BART's internal use, and field work overseeing both contractors and staff's implementation of project work. Both verbal and written interaction with BART technical staff and contractor staff will be required while directing work, inspecting work, and reporting status of assigned tasks. Work assignments may require performance of duties during nights and weekends. Technical evaluation of operation and troubleshooting of problems found within electronic and communication equipment and systems will be required. Specific emphasis will involve trunked radio, telephony, fiber and cable plant, video and audio systems.
Beyond the minimum qualifications, Computer Systems Engineers must have 3 years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable computer systems engineering experience.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
1. Understanding of electronics and communication system theory and performance, and how equipment and systems interact with one another.
2. Ability to use diagnostic test equipment used in servicing communication and electronic equipment.
3. Understanding of construction and installation techniques associated with cable plant, fiber, trunked radio, video and audio, and control systems.
4. Excellent verbal & written communication skills in building effective relationships, both internally & and external stakeholder.
5. Experience in development and implementation of steps for modification of electronics and communication systems and subsystems.
6. Preparation of acquisition or installation cost estimates.
7. Knowledge of Engineering Project Design programs.
8. Experience in Preparation and Review of Engineering Drawing, Specification and Plan.
9. Applicants possessing Engineer in Training certificate are preferred.

Essential Job Functions

1. Preparation of engineering drawings, plans, and specifications for the development, modification, and maintenance of the District's electronics and communications equipment and systems, including telephone, radio, fiber and copper plant, CCTV and Public-Address systems.
2. Conducts tests on installed systems: evaluates failed components and failure trends: makes recommendations to resolve problems.
3. Coordinates engineering work with that of the divisions and outside agencies: provides engineering technical support to other divisions, District departments and outside agencies.
4. Prepares or reviews a variety of reports correspondence on assigned electronics and communications engineering projects.
5. Evaluates and determines appropriate materials for use in electronics and communications equipment and systems.

Minimum Qualifications

Education :
A Bachelor's degree in computer systems, electronics, electrical engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience :
Two (2) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable computer systems engineering experience.
Other Requirements :
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record; may be required to work overtime or off hours to test hardware and software.
Substitution :
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 electronic, computer systems and their sub-components.
Computer programming languages and operating systems used in a variety of systems and real time applications.
Computer hardware and software equipment and materials.
Methods and techniques of programming and testing computer systems and applications.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical report preparation.
Advanced mathematical principles.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Skill in :
Performing a variety of professional computer system engineering duties.
Preparing and interpreting test reports and documents.
Applying principles and practices of computer systems engineering in assigned projects.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Analyzing technical problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending solutions.
Reading and understanding technical drawings and specifications.
Preparing clear, concise, and complete reports.
Preparing computer hardware and software designs.
Monitoring project budgets and schedules.
Preparing computer hardware and software specifications.
Troubleshooting and diagnosing computer system malfunctions.
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 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 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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