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Civil Engineer/Sr. Civil Engineer

Bay Area Rapid Transit
Oakland, California (US)
Civil Engineer: $106,187.00 - $160,874.00 Annually (Non-Rep Payband E06) Sr. Civil Engineer: $113,
Closing date
May 26, 2024

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Marketing Statement

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 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.

Job Summary Examples of Duties Minimum Qualifications Knowledge and Skills

Pay Rate

Civil Engineer: $106,187.00 - $160,874.00 Annually (Non-Rep Payband E06) 

Sr. Civil Engineer: $113,621.00 - $172,136.00 Annually (Non-Rep Payband E07) 

Salary commensurate with experience and depending on position level which will be filled.  Negotiable initial salary will be between the minimum to the midpoint range.  

Reports To
As assigned in the Office of Infrastructure Delivery (OID) Civil Engineering Department  

Current Assignment
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is seeking to fill a Civil Engineer and a Senior Civil Engineer position in the Civil Engineering Division within the Office of Infrastructure Delivery.    

The scope of the Office of Infrastructure Delivery (OID) Civil Engineering Division includes initiation and support of maintenance and capital projects; Ownership and periodic revision of BART Civil Engineering design criteria, standard drawings and standard specifications; Asset Management of Civil Engineering related assets. 

Specific requirements include:  

Civil Engineering Asset Management encompasses the following District assets 

  • Parking lot pavement, related sidewalks and access roads 

  • Stormwater systems (bioretention, inlets, permeable pavers)  

  • Stairs and railings, doors (stations and facilities)  

  • Roofs and gutters (stations and facilities) 

  • Fences and gates  

  • Permanent physical barriers  

  • Fall protection on buildings 

  • Signage (regulatory and wayside) 

  • Underground utilities (gas, storm water, water and sewer) 

  • Landscaping and irrigation 

Support of Maintenance 

  • Respond to requests for engineering 

  • Support requests for maintenance 

  • Field assistance to Grounds and Facilities maintenance works 


Code & Regulation Compliance 

  • California Building Code (CBC)  

  • FTA requirements  

  • CEQA (environmental) requirements 

  • San Francisco Bay RWQCB (water board) requirements (NPDES, MS4 permits) 

  • BFS 

Projects & Permits 

  • Planning and engineering studies 

  • Preparation of plans, specifications and cost estimates for maintenance and capital projects 

  • Technical reviews of Consultant project designs for conformance to BART standards 

  • Plan check and Quality Control/Assurance reviews 

  • Permit reviews for compliance with BART regulations 

Support of other Departments and Divisions 

  • System Safety 

  • Planning Development and construction 

  • OID Divisions: Mechanical/Electrical systems 

  • Executive Management 

Civil Engineers are expected to work independently on smaller, self-contained, well-defined projects. Engineers are expected to have detailed subject matter expertise in certain areas, and to act as consultants to others in their areas of expertise.  

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

  • Experience in field reliability, process improvement, design, and maintenance. 

  • Strong Engineering skills and experience. 

  • Excellent problem-solving ability. 

  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and translate technical issues to business and operational perspectives 

  • Experience in the development of Preventative/Predictive Maintenance processes and procedures to improve and sustain overall equipment reliability 

  • Experience with data collection and analysis to document system and equipment performance and reliability testing 

  • Ability to work successfully with multidisciplinary teams. 

  • 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. 

Sr. Civil Engineers will be responsible for all of the above including the following: 

  • Ability to Independently develop high quality civil engineering products including, but not limited to construction drawings, specifications, narratives/reports, and calculations. 

  • Lead and/or perform technical reviews of projects to ensure code and BART Facility Standard compliance, assess constructability, improve maintainability, mitigate impact to revenue service operations, and examine cost and schedule. 

  • Experience in leading civil engineering design and construction in areas of transportation (railway and roadway), grading, pavement, sewer, storm drainage, water, erosion and sediment control, stormwater retention, traffic control, utilities, and building and site development. 

  • Experience in stormwater management documents, ie. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure regulations (SPCC), and slope stabilization. 

Selection Process
Initial screening of applications will begin on April 25, 2024.
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). 

Civil Engineer

  • Performs a variety of professional civil engineering duties in the design, development and maintenance of the District's trackage, access roads, parking lots, drainage and other system facilities.
  • Prepares engineering drawings, sketches, equipment specifications, calculations and analyses for new or proposed projects; develops design details.
  • Prepares preliminary engineering design cost estimates and other information for management and project board review.
  • Reviews approved project criteria for existing facilities; compiles, researches and analyzes data for modifications or extensions to existing facilities.
  • Assists in the establishment of schedules and methods for providing design support during construction; prepares construction and installation cost estimates.
  • Monitors project work procedures to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; evaluates proposed changes to approved plans and specifications.
  • Prepares a variety of drawings, reports and correspondence on assigned construction projects including field and design engineering changes, cost estimates, as?built drawings and related documentation.
  • Provides engineering design support to other divisions, District departments and outside agencies, and during construction projects.
  • As assigned, reviews construction in progress; performs a variety of field-testing duties; submits reports.
  • Utilizes a variety of engineering software programs and applications including CADD.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of civil engineering.

Sr. Civil Engineer

  • Performs advanced civil engineering duties in the preparation of engineering design plans and specifications for the District's trackage, access roads, parking lots, drainage and other.
  • Performs engineering design calculations; prepares engineering design drawings and specifications, calculations, and construction cost estimates; provides design support during construction.
  • Inspects equipment or facility; analyzes and provides recommendations for engineering solutions, repairs, modifications or maintenance.
  • Reviews and responds to engineering submittals, drawings and specifications prepared by outside agencies for construction projects adjacent to District facilities.
  • Prepares and coordinates the preparation of construction feasibility studies and cost estimates; defines scope and develops conceptual plans; prepares civil engineering design project proposals for management review and approval.
  • Provides assistance in obtaining outside consultant services; schedules consultant proposal submissions; participates in evaluation of consultant proposals.
  • Reviews contractor submittals for conformance to drawings and specifications; interprets plans and specifications for construction staff; prepares and directs design contract revisions and change orders.
  • Initiates and evaluates design and field environment changes during construction; takes field measurements of completed work; inspects construction at substantial and final completion stages.
  • Prepares engineering reports, manuals, and other correspondence related to work activities.
  • As assigned, may participate in the selection of engineering staff; provides engineering guidance to lower level staff in their areas of work including civil engineering design methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Participates in the preparation and administration of the engineering construction program budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures.
  • Prepares analytical and statistical reports on operations and activities.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of civil engineering.
  • As assigned, conducts field inspections, site investigations and field materials testing duties.

Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.  
Civil Engineer: Two (2) years of (full-time verifiable) professional experience in civil engineering or related experience.  

Sr. Civil Engineer: Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional civil engineering experience. Transportation industry or public agency experience is desirable.  
License or Certificate: 
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California.
Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for- year basis. A college degree is preferred.

Other Requirements:

Must be physically able to conduct field inspections and testing as assigned. 

Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. 

Civil Engineer 

Knowledge of: 

  • Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive civil engineering design program 

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering design 

  • Materials and construction methods utilized in civil engineering projects 

  • Methods and techniques of field measuring and testing related to civil engineering construction 

  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical engineering report preparation 

  • Advanced mathematical principles 

  • Construction methods and practices 

  • Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers 

  • Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in engineering project design including CADD 

  • Related building codes, regulations and provisions 

  • Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations 

 Skill/Ability in: 

  • Performing a variety of professional civil engineering duties 

  • Applying principles and practices of civil engineering in assigned projects 

  • Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures 

  • Preparing engineering designs, specifications and plans 

  • As assigned, conducting field tests 

  • Performing accurate engineering calculations 

  • Preparing clear and concise reports 

  • 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 work 

Sr. Civil Engineer 

Knowledge of: 

  • Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive civil engineering design and construction program 

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering design and construction 

  • Principles and practices of project scheduling and management 

  • Principles and practices of project budgeting 

  • Methods and techniques of field measuring and testing 

  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in civil engineering report preparation 

  • Principles of lead supervision and training 

  • Advanced mathematical principles 

  • Principles and practices of contract administration and management 

  • Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers 

  • Specialized computer programs or systems utilized in construction engineering project design, including CADD and Civil 3D. 

  • Related building codes, regulations and provisions 

  • Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations 

Skill/Ability in: 

  • Developing, reviewing, and modifying complex civil construction engineering plans, design, and specifications 

  • Leading, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level engineering staff 

  • Independently performing difficult engineering design work 

  • Preparing and reviewing complex engineering drawings, specifications, and plans 

  • Developing and preparing engineering project work scopes, criteria, budgets and schedules 

  • Performing field inspections and taking measurements 

  • Preparing clear and concise reports 

  • Analyzing civil engineering problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending solutions 

  • Interpreting, explaining District policies and 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


The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) prides itself in offering best in class benefits packages to employees of the District.  Currently, the following benefits may be available to employees in this job classification.


  • Medical Coverage (or $350/month if opted out)
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Insurance (Basic and Enhanced Plans Available)
  • Retirement Plan through the CA Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
    • 2% @ 55 (Classic Members)
    • 2% @ 62 (PEPRA Members)
    • 3% at 50 (Safety Members – Classic)
    • 2.7% @ 57 (Safety Members – PEPRA)
    • Reciprocity available for existing members of many other public retirement systems (see BART website and/or CalPERS website for details)
  • Money Purchase Pension Plan (in-lieu of participating in Social Security tax)
    • 6.65% employer contribution up to annual maximum of $1,868.65
  • Deferred Compensation & Roth 457
  • Sick Leave Accruals (12 days per year)
  • Vacation Accruals (3-6 weeks based on time worked w/ the District)
  • Holidays:  9 observed holidays and 5 floating holidays
  • Life Insurance w/ ability to obtain additional coverage
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • Survivor Benefits through BART
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts:  Health and Dependent Care
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Free BART Passes for BART employees and eligible family members.

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.

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



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