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Sr. Reliability Engineer

Bay Area Rapid Transit
Oakland, CA

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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.

Conditions of Employment

All San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. You will be required to show proof of your completed COVID-19 vaccination prior to receiving a final offer, unless you receive a COVID-19 Vaccination reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or a religious exemption due to an approved sincerely held religious belief that prohibits you from receiving a vaccine. BART will review requests for a reasonable accommodation or religious exemption on a case-by-case basis. Documentation may be required. For questions, please contact BART Human Resources, Leave Management at


Operation Reliability Engineering Division

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2023 current employee cost $160.96 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

$113,621.00/annually - $172,136.00/annually (Non-Represented Pay Band 07)

Note: Initial salary offer will be between $113,621.00 annually - $147,978.00 annually (depending on education and experience)

Posted Date

April 17, 2023

Initial screening May 1, 2023

Closing Date

Open until filled

Reports To

Manager of Operations Reliability Engineering

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

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

Current Assignment

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is recruiting to fill a vacant Senior Reliability Engineer position.

The selected candidate will be responsible for performing the more complex and difficult duties of staff responsible for delay analysis and documenting system and equipment performance and reliability; using relational databases and various programing languages to manage big data associated with operations performance; data modeling and optimization, analysis, forecasting, reporting, dashboarding and representation, and drafting of related narratives and presentations. Supporting projects and assisting in the development of contractual specifications that meet reliability and systems assurance requirements. Developing, maintaining, and operating complex computer-based data retrieval and analytical systems. The incumbent may also review and participate in the work of staff and perform related duties as assigned.

The candidate may be selected to work in the areas of: (1) Reliability Engineering as it relates to systems performance analysis, failure and delay analysis and cause classification and reporting, tracking measures, reporting trends and related operations improvements, and supporting projects, and (2) data systems and analytical solutions which will design and manage the systems that support reliability analytics, dashboarding, and performance management.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate many of the following beyond the minimum qualifications:

  • Education is preferred in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with at least 3 years related work experience.
  • Principles and practices of reliability engineering.
  • Performing complex statistical, mathematical, and comparative analysis on equipment reliability and performance.
  • Using critical thinking and analytical capabilities to build data models, systems, and codes to perform data analysis and draw insights to support District decision-making.
  • An understanding of physical and mathematical principles, data analytics, and presentation solutions, and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging technology, developments, and trends in these areas.
  • Taking initiative, including developing and supporting process improvements.
  • Working independently and defining workload, deliverables, and schedule. Balancing multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities and stakeholders.
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills; ability to get work done with others as well as to lead complex tasks and projects independently.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations, produce concise technical reports, and explain complex/technical issues to BART management and leaders.
  • In 2022, BART celebrated 50 years of operating a heavy-rail transit system serving the San Francisco Bay Area. The transit backbone of the region, BART carries half of the region's miles traveled on transit along more than 130 miles of track and through 50 stations across five counties. BART connects to 18 other transit operators, including the Capital Corridor, and represents almost 90% of all transit transfers. BART's capital infrastructure investment program focuses on sustaining the reliability, safety and resilience of the system's existing assets, while also investing in improvements to enhance the customer experience and stimulate ridership, such as those that support transit-oriented development. This position is part of a dynamic team that plays an important role in measuring, analyzing, and reporting operations performance KPIs, and in assisting multiple projects, such as new vehicle fleets and new CBTC Computer Based Train Control system to assure reliability and performance.

    Essential Job Functions

  • Participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for analyzing and documenting system performance and equipment reliability testing.
  • Analyzes daily system train performance; documents operational errors and determines causes; prepares daily operations performance reports.
  • Analyzes and evaluates history of rail vehicles with repeated malfunctions and operational problems; documents and clarifies issues with appropriate staff.
  • Implements new computer programs to process equipment reliability, train movement and other data.
  • Prepares new equipment specifications; reviews and monitors new equipment reliability; reviews supplier reliability programs.
  • Gathers necessary data and information for specialized reliability reports and projects; prepares a variety of technical reports or program activities.
  • Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including reliability engineering and testing methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Serves on committee and task force to analyze and measure reliability of new equipment.
  • Responds to requests for data from internal departments and external agencies.
  • Assists in the preparation of annual reports to governmental agencies.
  • Minimum Qualifications


    A Bachelor's degree in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, computer science or a related field from an accredited college or university.

    Experience: Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable experience in the analysis of equipment, operational performance, and equipment reliability. Transit system experience is preferred.

    Substitution: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.

    Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of concepts related to reliability engineering.
  • Principles and practices of statistical record keeping and reporting.
  • Operations, services, and activities of a reliability engineering program.
  • Principles of lead supervision and training.
  • Methods and techniques of statistical, mathematical, and comparative analysis.
  • Advanced methods and techniques of data collection and analysis.
  • Operational characteristics of fixed rail vehicle systems.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • Current office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Related Federal, State, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
  • Skill in:

  • Leading, organizing, and reviewing the work of staff.
  • Independently performing difficult reliability engineering tasks.
  • Reading and interpreting engineering reports and documents.
  • Interpreting, explaining, and enforcing department policies and procedures.
  • Performing complex statistical, mathematical, and comparative analysis on equipment reliability and performance.
  • Preparing new equipment specifications.
  • Analyzing and measuring equipment reliability and performance.
  • Preparing a variety of complex and analytical and technical reports.
  • Evaluating supplier compliance with contractual specification requirements.
  • Working independently in the absence of supervision.
  • 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.
  • 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. Online 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 note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.

    Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.


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