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Senior Systems Engineer - DECM

Sound Transit Seattle, WA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $100,000 to $150,000 Annually
  • Full-Time

Senior hands on engineering role providing design subject matter expertise (SME) across networked communications and automation systems for transit applications including; fare collection, emergency telephones, passenger information, vehicle wayside interface, radio, SCADA (PLCs, & HMIs), CCTV, access control, low voltage electronics power distribution, and industrial IOT. Incumbent provides engineering and project services independently and as a team contributor with emphasis on network infrastructure and Ethernet communications for capital expansion projects, engineering service requests, operations and maintenance.

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The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only 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.
• 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.
• May be required to review, approve (sign and seal) engineering drawings and specifications within assigned engineering discipline.
• 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.
• 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 from an Accredited Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) and a minimum of six years of systems engineering experience in design, construction or operations and maintenance of complex industrial communications and control systems. Experience in a transit / transportation related environment preferred.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Valid state driver's license
Professional Engineer License preferred

Required Knowledge of:
• Engineering principles, methods and techniques applied during design, construction, testing and commissioning, operations and maintenance
• Codes and related regulations applicable to network communications and security (for example NFPA, BICSI, ANSI, ISAM, UL, NEC, NEMA, APTA, NIST, ISO, NERC).
• Electrical and telecommunications wiring practices, installation standards and construction techniques.
• Ethernet TCP/IP
• Grounding and shielding practices, power over Ethernet (POE)
• Cable (wired) networks, topologies, media (copper, fiber, RF) network device configuration, network diagnostics, network management, wireless networks (802.11, Bluetooth, RFID, Cellular)
• Network performance metrics (Availability, Bandwidth, Delay, Error, Jitter, Latency, Loss, Overhead, Response Time, Throughput, Utilization), fault resilience and tolerance
• Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to emerging trends and innovation in area of practice

Required Skill in:
• 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 - The 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 - The 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 the field in support of construction, testing, operations and maintenance efforts. Work performed during normal business hours with exceptions to accommodate testing, investigations, and other engineering activities.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, climbing ladders, 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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)

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Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit service throughout the urban region of Seattle. Sound Transit is currently experiencing major growth and is in the process of planning and building the most ambitious transit expansion in the country. Named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities to live in the Next Decade”, Seattle is a vibrant city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, economic opportunity, cultural events and educational excellence. It is home to a diverse and growing population with hundreds of thousands of commuters riding Sound Transit services daily. We contribute toward this growth by providing the community with quality service that will generate a better quality of life for commuters and Seattle as a whole. This is an exceptional opportunity with a progressive organization that offers growth potential both professionally and personally. We offer an attractive compensation package to include competitive benefits and a chance to have a positive impact on the environment as well as becoming a key contributor toward Seattle’s quality of life. Join Sound Transit and be a part of its culture which is built around inclusion and respect where everyone is treated fairly and every voice is heard.


401 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle, WA

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