Communications Electronic Technician (SEIU), Pool Posting

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Dec 09, 2019
Full Time

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.


Maintenance & Engineering- AFC/Computers/Communications

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.

Pay Rate

SEIU Maint Worker III
Step 76: $35.17/hour - Step 99: $45.97/hour
External candidates will start at Step 76

Posted Date

December 9, 2019

Closing Date

February 7, 2019
Initial screening will begin on January 6, 2020.
Note: This announcement will be used to establish a pool of eligible candidates for vacancies occurring within the next twelve (12) months.

Reports To

Section Manager, Systems Maintenance

Days Off

Variable (as assigned)

Who May Apply

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

Essential Job Functions

Adjusts, removes and replaces printed circuit boards
Installs, maintains and performs primary maintenance of amplifiers, receivers, transmitters, power supplies, filters, switchboards, controls, alarms and related electrical and electronic parts.
Installs police and other vehicle base and equipment radios.
Installs cabling and related apparatus for major voice and data communication systems.
Installs maintenance vehicle detection devices; adjusts voltage, frequency, tuning and sensitivity of components.
Replaces wiring, annunciators and switches and solders new connections.
Isolates defective components, parts and wiring; identifies necessary repairs and adjustments.
Determines and gathers necessary tools, equipment, parts and test apparatus for jobs.
Positions assigned as test board operator may receive and relay information to technicians and foreworkers in the field, dispatch parts, update drawings and prepares maintenance checklists and parts lists
Troubleshoots, tests and diagnoses both hardware and software equipment problems using computerized diagnostic tools, oscilloscopes, voltage, amperage and ohm meters, pressure gauges, magnetic field testers, calipers, multi-meters, signal and tone generators and frequency standards, spectrum analyzers, test cards, special test equipment and related devices.
Performs preventive maintenance of equipment, including clearing, lubricating, checking and adjusting all part and components.
Reads work requests and discusses work to be performed with lead, foreworkers, supervisors, or work requests, initiators and engineers.
Reads and interprets manuals, procedures, specifications and schematic diagrams.
Determines whether equipment can be repaired in the field; removes and may send equipment to component repair shops.
Responds to computerized, telephone, and in-person requests for communications equipment maintenance.
Maintains records of work performed, time required, parts and materials used, component serial numbers, and related data, using current District maintenance management software and other PC applications such as, excel, lotus notes, word, etc.
Confirms that simple work orders and safe clearances have been provided when necessary, and uses appropriate safety apparel and devices.
Updates drawings to reflect field conditions.
Prepares brief reports of repeated maintenance problems.
Operates District vehicles to reach equipment to be serviced and may include high-railed vehicles used on tracks; may operate cranes or other equipment as required for repair.

Minimum Qualifications

Education : An Associate degree in electronics from an accredited college, or a Certificate of Achievement in Electronics from an accredited college, or completion of military training in electronics, or completion of a formal apprenticeship as an electronic technician and possession of a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent.
Experience : One (1) year of (full-time equivalent) verifiable journey level experience in the maintenance and repair of communications equipment.
Substitution : In addition to the experience listed above, four (4) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable electronic maintenance experience (i.e. maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing electronic and/or electromechanical equipment) can be substituted for the education
Other Requirements :
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.
  • Must possess adequate color vision to distinguish wiring and parts, and read diagrams.
  • Must be physically able to lift to waist level and carry up to 60 pounds.
  • Must be physically able to climb, bend, stoop and crawl to reach work.
  • Must be physically able to walk on uneven surfaces for long distances.
  • Must be physically able to work in confined spaces.
  • Must be physically able to work in exposure to live voltage and air contamination.
  • Must be physically able to work underground and on aerial structures.
  • Must be able to wear respiratory protective equipment during the performance of assigned duties in accordance with the District Respirator Program and applicable Cal-OHSA requirements.
  • Must be able to understand, read and communicate in English.
  • Must be able to work various shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime.
Knowledge of :
  • Operating principles of radio-wave signal and carrier voice and data communication systems and equipment, digital electronics and electrical circuitry.
  • Methods, materials, tools and equipment used in installation, preventive maintenance and primary repair of communications systems and equipment.
  • Procedures and equipment for diagnosing and troubleshooting communications equipment problems.
  • Use and care of hand and power testing and repair tools and equipment.
  • Current District PC applications such as excel, lotus notes, word, etc.
  • Mathematics used in communications maintenance including ladder logic.
  • Safety practices and procedures for communications equipment repair and maintenance.
Skill in :
  • Assessing and troubleshooting both hardware and software problems in computerized electronic, electrical and mechanical communications equipment and systems down to the component level.
  • Installing, maintaining and repairing communications equipment.
  • Operating and maintaining hand and power tools and equipment used in the trade.
  • Reading and interpreting manuals, procedures, diagrams and schematics.
  • Keeping simple written records of work performed and parts and materials used.
  • Using current PC applications systems.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Operating the District's radio and communication systems incompliance with District Rules, Regulations and Procedures.

Selection Process

This is a SEIU Local 1021 Bargaining unit position. However, All SEIU members must follow the "Bid Form Process", failure to comply will invalidate an employee's application. 

The selection process will include a screening for minimum qualifications as listed in this posting and may additionally involve a skills/performance test, written exam, and/or a panel interview.  Outside applicants will not be considered until all employees who have applied have been considered first.

Application Process

This is a SEIU Local 1021 Bargaining unit position. However, all full-time SEIU District employees must follow the "Bid Form" process and deposit their bids in the bid box. Failure to comply may invalidate the employee's bid. As actual vacancies occur, District employees on the internal eligibility list will be considered before outside candidates.

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

The Employment Office will screen Bid form applications and resumes against the minimum qualifications. Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be referred to the hiring department for further consideration. The selection process may involve a skills/performance test, written exam, and/or a panel interview. Outside applicants will not be considered until all employees who have applied have been considered first.

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.

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

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 includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing may also include a background check.
Please note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.


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