Under general direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the traction electrification systems engineering activities for capital projects and operations support. Traction electrification includes incoming AC utility feeds and medium voltage AC power distribution, DC traction power substations, overhead catenary systems, and automated monitoring and control systems.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: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.
• Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.• Coaches, trains, and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages employee relations. Prepares developmental work plans for staff; implements or recommends corrective actions and discipline procedures as necessary.• Oversees assigned engineering activities for planning, design, and construction work involving staff, multiple consultants, and contractors with multi-million dollar budget responsibilities; ensures adherence to quality, budget, and schedules; and ensures work meets both Sound Transit and local agency standards.• Develops and maintains Sound Transit’s technical requirements and criteria related to area of expertise including, but not limited to design criteria, standard specifications, and drawings. May be required to sign and seal technical requirements. Review and assess requests to deviate from established requirements. Collaborates closely with Operations to validate functional and technical requirements.• Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate.• Review, approve (sign and seal), and maintain standard drawings and specifications within area of assignment.• Reviews commissioning and testing documentation and witnesses tests as necessary in support of the Agency’s Systems Integration Test Plan.• Responsible for assuring that systems engineers are assigned to and diligently working to deliver the necessary engineering effort to address and close out Engineering Service Requests generated by Operations in a timely manner. • Provides other support to the department/division as directed.• 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 (from and ABET accredited college) in an engineering discipline relevant to the assigned systems engineering discipline, eight years of technical systems engineering experience (four of which must include management functions), that includes working with consultants and contractors, preferably in a rail or transit related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:A valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer.
Required Knowledge of:• Industrial power distribution systems and railroad traction electrification. • Project management techniques and principles. • Strong communications skills to coordinate with co-workers, customers, and vendors.• Established engineering principles, methods, and techniques; and equipment and systems relevant to the assigned systems engineering discipline.• Federal, state, and local codes, OSHA requirements, and related regulations.• Engineering consulting services and methods including reports, studies, cost estimates, plans, and specifications. • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends in transit systems engineering.• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
Required Skill in:• Utilizing computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports. • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public. • Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.• Reviewing or checking the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards. • Applying project management techniques and principles and defining a detailed project scope and control scope as a means of achieving overall project objectives.• Applying appropriate oral and written communication skills to various individuals ranging from Agency employees, engineering consultants, and local, state, and federal agencies.
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.