Principal Engineer

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Apr 18, 2019
Full Time Engineering

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.


Planning, Development and Construction (PD&C)

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

$109,929.00 / annually - $170,391.00 / annually (Non-Represented Pay Band 08)

Posted Date

March 18, 2019

Closing Date

April 5, 2019
This posting has been changed to Open Until Filled.

Reports To

S. Ng, Group Manager Capital Program, Extensions

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

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

Current Assignment

The Stations Capital Program Design and Construction group is recruiting to fill two (two) Principal Engineer positions. Both individuals will be responsible for supporting and implementing projects from conceptual through final engineering, through the environmental clearance process, into advertisement and followed by construction and commissioning. The projects will improve and modernize BART's Infrastructure (e.g. stations, support facilities). The projects may entail relocation of Automatic Fare Collection equipment, fare gates and vertical circulation elements. Work is typically Mon-Friday regular business hours and will include some weekends and night work, particularly for routine field visits, problem solving in the field or occasionally to function as the Employee in Charge (EIC) during construction. The individual should have at least ten years work experience in order to manage design and construction consultants. The individual should work independently in determining solutions with minimal management direction.
**This is a capital position and is subject to time and funding limitations.""

Essential Job Functions

· Performs complex engineering design or construction project duties; as assigned, may serve as Resident Engineer on construction projects
· Responsible to manage contract design and construction firms on assigned projects.
· Establishes schedules and methods for providing contract administration services; inspects and verifies quantities of materials, and monitors adherence to specifications; identifies resources needed.
· Monitors progress of engineering design or construction projects; makes recommendations on resources to be allocated.
· Assists 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.
· Recommends approval of and submits contractor's progress payment applications; maintains documentation of contract deficiencies.
· Prepares engineering designs, specifications, costs and quantity estimates for engineering projects; reviews the adequacy and accuracy of computations.
· Administers control of required documentation for contracts; prepares a variety of reports and correspondence on engineering design or construction matters including Inspector's Daily Reports, monthly and final completion reports, contract modifications and negotiations.
· Supervises or trains lower level staff

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional experience in engineering project administration.
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.
Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A Bachelor's degree is preferred.
Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of engineering design or construction contract management.
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive engineering design or construction program.
Principles and practices of project scheduling and management.
Principles, practices, methods and techniques of construction contract management.
Principles and practices of engineering cost estimating.
Methods and techniques of field measuring and testing.
Methods and techniques of conducting facility or construction site inspection.
Contract administration and management.
Materials and equipment used in engineering and construction projects.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in construction engineering project design including CADD.
Related building codes, regulations and provisions.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Skill in :
Directing and coordinating various District engineering design and construction projects.
Preparing design and construction cost estimates.
Negotiating, managing and administering contracts.
Preparing clear and concise reports.
Interpreting and preparing revisions to engineering plans, drawings, and specifications.
Conducting and overseeing field inspections, measurements, and testing.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.

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.
Please note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.


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