Principal Structural Engineer

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Nov 08, 2019
Full Time Engineering

Job Description

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 over 400,000 daily 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.


The Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) Department has over 1500 employees who serve San Francisco Bay Area communities by providing safe and reliable infrastructure to enable on-time service. M&E Engineering leads over one hundred design & capital construction projects along with providing technical expertise for all infrastructure assets apart from rail vehicles. We focus on safety, reliability, and innovation to benefit passengers and employees so trains and projects can move swiftly every day. We hire maintenance-friendly Engineering talent who bring a high level of technical capability, accountability, and enthusiasm for continuous improvement.

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2019 current employee cost $147.14 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Other Requirements

Education and experience preferred in the Structural branch of Engineering. Desirable skills, capabilities, and experience are described, as follows: Specific expertise in western U.S. seismic codes and practices required in California. Experience with CA OSHPD requirements and CA code-required and municipality-required peer reviews required. Experience with dynamic numerical analysis and software required. Experience with seismic design and analysis (code-based, nonlinear response history analysis, seismically isolated structures), performance-based design, wind and seismic force lateral resisting systems, serviceability (deflections / drifts / vibrations), assessment and retrofit of existing buildings (ASCE 41-17), foundation systems, and forensic studies preferred.
Beyond the minimum qualifications, Principal Structural Engineers, must have expertise as a technical lead in 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 Structural 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 Structural 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.

Pay Rate

$112,707 Minimum / $140,883 Midpoint / $170,751 Maximum (Non-Represented PB 8)
The starting salary will be between Min-Mid commensurate with experience.

Posted Date

November 7, 2019

Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice or Filled

Reports To

Assigned Engineering Manager

Days Off

Typically, Saturdays and Sundays, but working variable shifts, including nights and weekends, may be required.

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

Principal Structural Engineer is a supervisory level of Engineering responsible for technical and project leadership.
The scope of the Structural Engineering Division includes support of maintenance projects, capital projects from all divisions and departments of BART and the development and modification of BART's facilities and systems. Essential Duties and Responsibilities are as follows, but not limited to:
- Leads and performs advanced technical reviews of projects to assess constructability, examine design details, perform quantity takeoffs, and recommend construction sequencing and logistics.
- Review and evaluate project specific designs, program intent, contractual obligations, division of responsibilities, and deliverables.
- Review and assess project documentation such as drawings, basis of design documents, specifications, reports, calculations, and shop drawings.
- Analyze elements of the structural systems developed to date, establish sufficiency of design, and identify means of optimizing design components.
- Leads development of potential solutions to the design/construction team and presents for design optimization, risk management challenges, and constructability improvements.
- Provide review and guidance for project non-conformances and operations issues.
- Documents structural review activities in formal report formats, technical memoranda, Bluebeam Studio sessions, and spreadsheet-based comment lists.
- Present all findings to project team and track implementation into overall design.
- Establish constructive and effective relationships with internal and external project team members, subcontractors, and clients to facilitate understanding and influence design and project development.
- Partners with linked design disciplines, e.g. geotechnical, architecture, code-compliance, building envelope and façade, MEFP, vertical transportation, acoustics, and fire to improve the coordination of design concepts.
- Develop cost proposals and scope of work for requested deliverables, develop appropriate estimate of hours for tasks.
- Weekly assembly of summary of activities and workload, identify bandwidth of staff hour availability.
Incumbents will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:
- Must have design experience on a diverse array of projects through all phases of design and construction.
- Experience with leading peer reviews and/or due diligence studies.
- Experience with U.S. building design codes and material specific standards.
- Experience with using design software for structural analysis (ETABS, RAM, SAP2000, SAFE, GSA, etc.), general collaboration software (i.e. BlueBeam Studio) and operation of 3D and BIM software (e.g. Navisworks, AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp).
- Able to effectively and clearly communicate in a professional environmental via verbal and written means. Knowledge of structural products and costs.
- Continued development of expertise and awareness of innovations in the industry; demonstrable expertise in one or more specific types of structures or major components (i.e. steel, concrete, timber, high rise cores, etc.).
- Experience with progressive collapse/blast resistant design.
- Strong Structural 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.

Essential Job Functions

- Leadership of engineering staff.
- Assumes responsibility for planning, budgeting, overseeing, and implementing the most complex and/or large-scale District structural engineering design projects; may serve as the Resident Engineer on assigned structural engineering design project.
- Plans, prioritizes, assigns, and may supervise and review the work of staff responsible for the design and construction of District facilities including but not limited to passenger stations, office and shop buildings, subway and aerial structures, and other structures.
- Prepares schedule plans and establishes methods for providing structural engineering services to design projects; identifies resource needs; monitors progress of large-scale structural design projects; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly.
- Administers design consultant contracts; reviews work to ensure compliance with design criteria; recommends change orders; maintains records and processes expenditures.
- Participates in the development of policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures.
- Provides project management oversight to ensure compliance with project schedule and budget; oversees the work of outside contractors and contracted engineering staff.
- Recommends and assists in the implementation of goals and objectives; implements approved policies and procedures.
- Represents the District with full authority to enforce contract requirements; evaluates proposed contract changes and prepares independent engineering cost estimates of revised project scopes.
- Participates in the preparation and administration of the structural engineering design program budget; submits budget recommendations; monitors expenditures; prepares project financial management statement and submits document for Project Review Board approval.
- Oversees, reviews, and approves the preparation of engineering designs, drawings, and specifications; coordinates work with other divisions and departments; reviews, approves, and signs structural design drawings; and resolves structural engineering design issues.
- Participates in the review of consultant proposals and design; recommends awards; conducts or participates in the pre-bid conferences prior to District or contracted contract awards.
- Initiates and evaluates design and field engineering changes during construction; recommends approval of and submits contractors progress payments; recommends retention levels as appropriate; participates in intermediate and final inspections.
- Prepares or reviews a variety of reports and correspondence on assigned structural engineering projects including inspection daily reports, monthly and final completion reports, contract negotiations and modifications, and field and engineering design changes.
- Participates in the selection of engineering staff; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures.
- Coordinates work with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; administers control of received documentation for contracts; identifies technical engineering issues and ensures compliance within District and industry engineering standards.
- Prepares analytical and statistical reports on assigned structural engineering design projects.
- Represents the District in public meetings and hearings on proposed projects.
- Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of the current state of practice, new trends and innovations in the field of structural engineering.
- May conduct intermediate and final inspections on proposed projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. A Master's degree in civil /structural engineering is preferred.
Experience: Four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional structural engineering, project design and construction experience, which must have included at least one (1) year of administrative and supervisory experience.
License of Certificate: Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California. A structural engineering license 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

Selection Process

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).

Application Process

External applicants may only apply online, at Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling (510) 464-6112.

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on WebBART. Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688.

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.

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 at .

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

Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
Please note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.
Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions: Office environment; field environment; construction site environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, heat, cold, and inclement weather conditions when conducting field inspections and investigations.
Physical Conditions: Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.


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