Senior Computer Systems Engineer (Non-Represented)

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • May 23, 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.

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

$99,708 Minimum / $137,758.82 Midpoint / $154,549 Maximum (Non-Represented PayBand 7)
The initial salary offer will be in the mid-range.

Posted Date

May 17, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Filled-First initial review of applications will start on June 3, 2019.

Reports To

John McCormick

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

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 data mining and analysis of systems related to all aspect of BART Operations.
Education and experience preferred in the Computer Science, Computer Engineer, Mechanical or Electrical Engineer branches of Engineering. Senior Computer System Engineers are expected to have a minimum of 5 years work experience in programming and engineering; work on larger projects, have several areas of subject matter expertise, provide mentoring to junior staff, and interact with outside groups as required.
Senior Computer Systems 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.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:
Contribute to team design discussions with detailed technical information. Independently lead complex tasks and projects
Provide engineering reports and provide recommendation
Develop code with quality, leveragability, scalability, and maintainability in mind.
Provide code reviews. Identify strategic/tactical solutions and provides risk assessments and recommendations to technology leadership.
Provide work breakdown and estimates for complex software development tasks.
Ability to translate business requirements into development stories and tasks with estimates.
Effective time management, ability to plan and prioritize work effectively.
Strong collaboration skills and ability to get work done with others.
Must be a motivated; a self-starter, results oriented individual with a successful track record. Ability to learn and apply new technologies and skills quickly.
Excellent problem-solving ability.
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and explain complex/technical issues to BART management and leaders.
Familiarity working in a critical operational environment where keeping things running is key, while 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, and maintaining an end-user/customer focus.
Experience in designing, programming and reverse engineering of large server systems using Java, Python, R, SQL, SAS, shell scripts, HTML, Javascript and other web technologies, and database technology, particularly PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Oracle.
Leverage our existing analytics tools, testing tools, and reporting methods.
Working knowledge of software configuration management, change control, and version control.
Experience with a variety of operating systems, including Linux and MS Windows preferably in virtualized environment (e.g. VMware), including practical systems administration.
Comprehensive knowledge of office software, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics products.
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.
An understanding of electrical, mechanical, physical, and mathematical principles applicable to the BART systems and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging technology, developments, and trends in these areas.

Essential Job Functions

Performs advanced computer systems engineering duties in control of the development, modification, installation and maintenance of the District's computerized equipment and systems; designs and tests computer control systems; monitors relative systems operations; provides direction to programmers and installation staff. Resolves complex computer systems malfunctions; analyzes and determines cause, takes corrective actions; recommends system modifications as required. Performs system database maintenance duties including analysis of space usage, backup, recovery and performance tuning recovery; reorganizes database configuration; maintains multiple database versions to support production and systems development operations; maintains and supports on line and off line databases in multiple locations. Analyzes District plant engineering changes; determines requirements for database updates; analyzes impact on other subsystems. Prepares plant for short and long term modification to existing computer systems; prepares cost benefit analysis and estimates for computer system projects. Designs hardware and software modifications to control and data collection systems; prepares equipment specifications and procurement contracts. Develops computer operating manuals and test procedures; prepares computer hardware and software installation, modification and testing. Develops and modifies various complex programming codes and scripts; acts as liaison between the District and software consultants and equipment manufacturers. Provides technical computer systems engineering support for various departments throughout the District in the maintenance of computer systems operations; analyzes user requirements; provides software or hardware solutions. Prepares a variety of technical reports, manuals, specifications, drawings and correspondence relevant to project areas. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of computer systems engineering. As assigned, may participate in training assigned employees in their areas of work including computer systems engineering design methods, procedures and techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

Education :
A Bachelor's degree in computer systems, electronics, electrical engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience :
Three (3) 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 to test hardware and software.
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 systems and their sub-components.
Computer programming languages and operating systems used in a variety of systems and real time applications.
Methods and techniques of estimating and scheduling computer system modifications.
Methods and techniques of programming and testing computer systems and applications.
Operational characteristics of a variety of databases and operational systems.
Methods and techniques of database management and administration.
Computer hardware and software equipment and materials.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical report preparation.
Advanced mathematical principles.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Skill in :
Developing, reviewing, and modifying complex computer systems.
Leading, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level computer systems staff.
Independently performing the most difficult computer systems engineering work.
Reading and understanding technical drawings and specifications.
Performing database management and administration duties.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
Preparing complex computer hardware and software designs.
Monitoring project budget and schedules.
Preparing computer programs, test procedures and operating manuals.
Troubleshooting and diagnosing computer system malfunctions.
Preparing and interpreting computer hardware specifications.
Analyzing complex technical problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending solutions.
Conducting software tests and debugging procedures.
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 including District officials and the general public.

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 be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.


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