Senior Systems Engineer-Vehicles - SENIO002468

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Sound Transit
Seattle, WA, United States

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Senior Systems Engineer-Vehicles - SENIO002468


Seattle, WA 

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Salary range is $80k to $170k, with a midpoint of $125k.  New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.


This is a technical leadership role providing vehicle borne application engineering for agency’s revenue vehicles. Relies upon experience and knowledge of vehicle systems, networks, information security practices and train automation to ensure that agency safety, technical performance, quality, cost, and schedule goals are met or exceeded.


The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Develops and maintains agency design criteria and standards for systems and assets in assigned engineering discipline. May be required to review, approve (sign and seal) engineering drawings and specifications within assigned engineering discipline.

• Reviews, provides input to and accepts formal contract deliverables and submittals to provide assurance of project compliance with established agency technical criteria, policies and procedures for design development, systems interface coordination and integration, construction and testing and commissioning.

• Develops and accepts changes and deviations from established agency standards and criteria.

• Works closely with city code and fire department officials to ensure code requirements and operational best practices are incorporated into design projects.

• Develops designs for follow on and service delivery projects from beginning to end including coordination of schedule, scope, and budget of assigned projects.

• Provides leadership and coordination of small technical teams with respect to specific tasks, provides technical oversight and coaching of less senior engineers.

• Provides engineering economic analysis in determining total cost of ownership. 

• Provides support to the department/division and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as assigned; prepares and presents reports and presentations; attends and participates in professional group meetings.

• Supports Agency Sustainability efforts to develop efficient designs and evaluate new technologies intended to improve efficiencies and reduce impact.

• Collaborates with staff across the agency to ensure continuous improvement and best practice is applied to engineering criteria, policies and procedures.

• Champions and models Sound Transit's core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.

• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.  

• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.

• Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering or closely related field and five years of rail vehicle experience (design, manufacture or maintenance); OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Washington State Professional Engineer.

Valid state driver's license.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Principles and practices of rail vehicle design, manufacturing, operations and/or maintenance.

• Interfaces between rail vehicles and other railway infrastructure systems such as track, traction electrification, signals and communications systems.

• Engineering principles, methods and techniques applied during design, construction, testing and commissioning, operations and maintenance.

• Codes and related regulations applicable to area of practice.

• Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to emerging trends and innovation in area or practice.

• Troubleshooting, diagnostics and root cause analysis - ability to systematically investigate equipment failures in complex systems, determine the root cause, and recommend corrective action.

• Time management - ability to control a large workload, prioritize effort, and manage commitments.

• Collaboration - excellent ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other agency staff, consultants, contractors, authorities having jurisdiction, and other stakeholder groups. Is able to consistently reach consensus with diverse groups of stakeholders.

• Communication - excellent skill in the ability to communicate clear and accurate technical information to technical and non-technical audiences in verbal and written form.

• Meeting management - advanced skill in planning, conducting and recording effective meetings.

• Systems thinking - advanced skill in understanding the whole problem, seeking different perspectives, understanding interdependencies, and decomposing complex problems into solvable elements.

• Task leadership - ability to develop scopes of work and estimates for engineering activities and coordinate small teams of staff, consultants and contractors to complete technical assignments.

• Negotiation - ability to negotiate technical and commercial issues with internal and external stakeholders.

• Conflict resolution - ability to respectfully reconcile different points of view held by diverse stakeholders on matters pertaining to area of practice.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Work is performed in a standard office environment and in a transit system field environment including rail tunnels and equipment rooms.

• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, and physical harm when conducting field surveys and when working in the field. 

• Role requires occasional nightshift / weekend work typical of major infrastructure projects and operating transit systems.

• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required. 

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.



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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)