Junior Engineer, Electrical

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • May 01, 2019
Full Time Engineering Public Works

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.


Maintenance and Engineering (M&E)

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

Non-Represented Pay Band 3: Min $78,124 to Max $121,095
The starting salary will be in the mid-range.

Posted Date

April 30, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice

Reports To

Electrical Engineering Manager within Maintenance and Engineering or their designee

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

This posting covers the Junior Engineer position within the Electrical and Traction Power Engineering Divisions of the Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). This recruitment is targeting recent graduates who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in electrical engineering traction power engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. BART Engineering internship or infrastructure maintenance experience preferred.
The scope of the Electrical and Traction Power Engineering Divisions includes the development and modification of BART's facilities and systems such as:
Electrical Division (Lower Voltage - 4 KV AC and below)
Responsible for complete electrical design and calculations for assets including: facility electrical power; cathodic protection; fire alarm systems; emergency lighting; power distribution, conversion, control, and storage systems; lighting; battery uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and backup generators.
Traction Power Division (Higher Voltage - 35 KV AC and above)
Responsible for complete electrical design and calculations for assets including: substations, switchgear, rectifiers, traction power distribution, utility power, protective relays and PLCs, grounding, transformers, and cables.
Under general direction, this position performs entry-level engineering work and requires a maintenance friendly team player with a priority on safety, whether working in field engineering, project design, analysis, or process improvement areas.

Essential Job Functions

Safe execution of duties in office and field environments. Day-to-day support of, and coordination with, maintenance personnel, including trouble-shooting, system repair and upgrades, asset management (operating and maintenance procedures, spare part inventory planning). Knowledge and understanding of functional areas within their Engineering discipline. Leadership and decision making skills. Assists in performing Engineering designs, design reviews, developing specifications, and preparing costs and quantity estimates for projects. Coordinates with various District Departments for Engineering support activities. Conducts or inspects project construction, installation and testing. Performs work and inspections safely in an operational environment using radio communications. Makes recommendations based on monitoring field work activities to ensure compliance with design, plans and procedures. Prepares a variety of reports and correspondence on project matters including field surveys, investigations, design Engineering changes, and correspondence with vendors and contractors. Discusses and coordinates Engineering design or construction project activities with other design Engineering staff and affected Engineering personnel. Applies prescribed techniques and procedures in accordance with established criteria to perform assigned tasks. Conducts field inspections and investigations. Assists in designing and specifying special testing and service equipment to troubleshoot and maintain various assets Assists in preparing Engineering designs, specification costs and quantity estimates for Engineering projects. Conducts special studies and prepares a variety of reports and correspondence. Ability to network with other departments throughout BART to ensure job success

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Other Requirements:
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
Must possess sufficient mobility to perform field inspections and investigations.
Experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.
Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions: Office environment; field 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 :
Basic principles and practices of the engineering discipline to which assigned. Appropriate sources of engineering information.
Computer applications as applied to the solution of engineering problems. Engineering materials, equipment and methods.
Ability to:
Apply basic engineering principles and practices to the solution of engineering problems.
Conduct engineering studies and evaluations and write clear and concise reports. Analyze technical problems, including those involving computer hardware and software.
Learn engineering division procedures and applicable laws, codes and regulations. Interpret and prepare drawings and specifications.
Learn to prepare construction and/or installation cost estimates. Keep accurate records.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the 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 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 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.


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.