Principal Electrical Engineer

Bay Area Rapid Transit - San Francisco Bay Area, CA (30+ days ago)4.1


This posting covers Principal Electrical Engineers within the Electrical and Traction Power Engineering Divisions of Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Principal Electrical Engineer is a supervisory level of Engineering responsible for technical and project leadership.

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 KVAC 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.

Education and experience preferred in the Electrical branch of Engineering. Desirable skills, capabilities, and experience are described, as follows:

Beyond the minimum qualifications, Principal Electrical Engineers, must have expertise as a technical lead in Electrical Engineering projects with a minimum of 10 years work experience in the field and office. Oversee work of outside contractors and consultants. Supervise, assign, review, and approve preparation of Electrical Engineering designs, drawings, and specifications; coordinate work with other divisions and departments. Initiate and evaluate design and field engineering changes during construction. Provide expert technical advice to management. Principal Electrical 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.

Candidates with a P.E. in a state other than California may be considered if a California P.E. is achieved within 6 months of hire date. Candidates without a P.E. may apply to Engineer openings to be considered.

Ideal incumbents will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:

  • Strong Electrical Engineering skills and experience (field and office).
  • 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.
  • Ability to oversee such diverse aspects of the work as project scoping, planning, budgeting, requirements analysis, conceptual engineering, detailed design, implementation planning, installation coordination, performance measurement, and analysis.
  • Understanding of Critical path method scheduling.
  • Understanding of the different approaches to electrical equipment maintenance.
  • 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.
  • An understanding of electrical, mechanical, physical, and mathematical principles applicable to the BART train control, traction power, ventilation, HVAC, and other miscellaneous support systems and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging technology, developments, and trends in these areas.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $109,929.00 to $170,391.00 /year