Principal Engineer, Construction

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Apr 18, 2019
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades 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.


The Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) department has over 1500 employees who serve San Francisco Bay Area communities by providing safe and reliable infrastructure to enable on-time service. M&E Engineering leads over one hundred design & capital construction projects along with providing technical expertise for all infrastructure assets apart from 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 Pay Band 08)
Starting salary will be in the mid-range.

Posted Date

March 5, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice

Reports To

Division Manager, Construction Engineering Services or 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

We are currently looking to recruit for a Principal Engineer with extensive knowledge in Track Construction.
Beyond the minimum qualifications, Principal Engineers in the Construction Division must have expertise as a technical lead in Engineering projects with a minimum of 10 years work experience in the field and office. This position plays a key role in facilitating construction in an operating environment with a priority on safe, swift, and compliant action. PE preferred.
Principal Engineers interact with other groups to reach common understanding and policy decisions. Mentor and supervise lower level engineers within the division and conduct performance appraisals. Prepare required Executive Decision Documents and make Board Meeting presentations. Lead project budget and schedule preparation activities.

Principal Engineer, Construction, Emphasis on Track
  • Conduct oversight of track construction, including manufacturing process, field installation and final inspection and acceptance of Standard and Special Trackwork. (includes knowledge of all components i.e. ballast, ties, fastening systems, rail).
  • Implement construction on active railway.
  • Execute problem solving in real time when field conflicts with Track and supporting infrastructure (including Traction Power and Train Control) arise.
  • Conduct field inspections and constructability reviews of Track projects.
  • Utilize knowledge of Transit system components and how they affect constructability/construction including Traction Power, Train Control and Operations.
  • Apply knowledge of track engineering design, construction, and maintenance to support longevity of an active railway.
  • Coordinate with maintenance personnel to facilitate track construction and access requirements.
Quality and Safety
  • Follow construction safety procedures and best safety practices for working on an active railway. Familiar with CPUC GO 175 and FRA CFR 213.
  • Utilize knowledge of construction practices for railways and understanding of access restrictions of an operational railroad.
  • Facilitate quality assurance and document control of Track specific documents including compliance certs, mill certs and all related materials.¿
Code :
  • Apply construction applications in compliance with AREMA standards.
Ideal incumbents will possess the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:
  • 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.
  • Ability to work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understanding of critical path method scheduling.
  • Willingness to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days at a time (in rotation with others), to work occasionally during overnight and weekend maintenance windows, and to work occasionally in noisy and dirty environments or in foul weather and in close proximity to moving trains.

Essential Job Functions

Leadership of Construction Staff Ensure compliance to project drawings and specifications. Provide technical advice to field staff to ensure that construction procedures are being carried out correctly. Review and provide direction on RFI's and Submittals Perform field quality control observations and assessments. Issue further instructions, drawings and clarifications of detail as are necessary to ensure satisfactory construction. Verify and approve pay applications Ensure compliance, establish and maintain project engineering records, including, but not limited to: Project schedule, daily logs, quantity reporting and logs, contemplated change/change order (CC/CO) files and logs, request for information (RFI), submittal register, submittal log, contract document log (i.e. dates of each plan/specification issuance), punch-list log/file, closeout documents log. Review project schedule. Identify potential conflicts/delays and provide solutions to keep projects on track. Oversee the work of field staff to ensure the efficiency of work procedures. Identify construction constraints and plan and carry out measures to counter them. Day-to-Day coordination with maintenance personnel to facilitate the construction Process. Perform constructability reviews and provide relevant feedback on future construction projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Education :
A Bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience :
Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional engineering project administration experience.
License or Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, registration as a professional engineer in the State of California.
Other Requirements :
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
Must be physically able to conduct field inspections and testing as assigned.
Substitution :
Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A Bachelor's degree is preferred. WORKING CONDITIONS Environmental Conditions :
Office environment; exposure to computer screens; field environment; travel from site to site; construction site environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions when conducting field inspections and investigations.
Physical Conditions :
Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.
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 :
  • Supervising, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level staff.
  • Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.
  • Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures.
  • 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 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  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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