Engineer-Conductor (17406401)

Northern Bay Area
Continuous or until 200 applicants
$38.22-$44.96 Hourly


5401 Old Redwood Highway Petaluma, 94954


SMART is a voter approved passenger rail project located in Marin and Sonoma counties in Northern California. Our railroad is currently under construction. We are seeking experienced and motivated individuals who enjoy the challenge of creating new processes and systems.

Under direction of the Controller-Supervisor, the Engineer-Conductor position is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of SMART trains, courteous and professional interaction with passengers, and inspection of fares.

This position is a dual-certified position consolidating the responsibilities of an Engineer and a Conductor into a single dual-certified classification. This position is responsible for the operation of SMART trains in accordance with SMART and Federal Rail Administration (FRA) rules, operating procedures, and guidelines. Operation of trains will be under the direction of an on-duty Controller-Supervisor, either according to a current schedule or as an unscheduled extra, and on a revenue or non-revenue basis. Engineer Conductors will also be required to operate material handling trains using a freight locomotive. This position will be responsible for the safety of customers, equipment, fellow staff members and the general public during operation of the train, and for the enforcement of SMART’s fare collection system through the inspection of fare payment instruments under a proof-of-payment fare collection system and other responsibilities as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent
  • Three (3) years full time equivalent or verifiable experience operating trains in a general railroad system environment.
  • Must be a Federal Railroad Administration Certified Locomotive Engineer.
  • Must meet or exceed the requirements for a Certified Conductor.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.               

Position Details:
• There is a 12-month probationary period for regular appointment to this position.
• FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
• Safety Sensitive, (subject to Hours of Service), subject to DOT and FRA Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations
• This position is subject to Federal Railroad Administration Hours-of-Service regulations.
• Regular, Full-Time
• A thorough background check will be required including, but not limited to: current and past employers, personal contacts, education verification. A credit report will be required for positions covered under Labor Code 1024.5. (A complete list of background checks documents will be provided upon request).
• A pre-employment physical, including a drug test, will be required,
• A pre-employment psychological screening, administered by a licensed/certified psychologist, will be required.
• Train Operators may be required to report to and from any location on the railroad.



Ideal Candidate

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must possess a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent.
• Three (3) years full time equivalent of verifiable experience operating trains in a general Railroad System environment.
• Must be a Federal Railroad Administration Certified Locomotive Engineer.
• Must possess a current certification issued by a railroad with a Certification Program that
complies with the rules of, and is approved by, the Federal Railroad Administration as
described in 49 CFR Part 240.
• Must meet or exceed the requirements for certified Conductor.
• Must be at least 21 years of age.

Other Qualifications:
• Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment medical exam that uses the standards of the California Commercial Driver’s license.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to acquire and maintain a valid California driver’s license within sixty (60) days of employment.
• Must have a satisfactory driving record meeting Federal Railroad Administration requirements:
o SMART is required to consider the following incidents for the preceding 36 months prior to SMART certification:

  • A conviction for or a completed state action to cancel, revoke, suspend, or deny a motor vehicle driver’s license for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance.
  • A conviction for or a completed state action to cancel, revoke, suspend or deny a motor vehicle driver’s license for refusal to undergo such testing as is required by State law when a law enforcement official seeks to determine whether a person is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
  • If such an incident as described above is documented, SMART will follow 49 CFR Part 240.115.

In addition to the FRA satisfactory driving record requirements, SMART requires the following:
o No more than two moving violations and/or “at fault” accidents with the last 3 years;
o No “at fault” in a fatal accident within the past 5 years;
o No leaving the scene of an accident within the past 3 years



SUMMARY: The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) offers a comprehensive health and welfare benefits program designed to meet the needs of our workforce. The information below is a general summary of the benefits offered to eligible employees of the District. In the event of a discrepancy between the information below and the Plan’s Certificate or Summary of Coverage, the Plan’s documents will prevail.

EMPLOYEE ELIGIBILITY: SMART employees who work 20 or more hours per week are eligible to enroll in the District’s Health and Welfare benefit programs. Benefits for new hires become effective on the first day of the month following the hire date. Eligible employees must enroll in benefits within 30 days following their date of hire. An employee who fails to enroll during the initial enrollment period must wait until the annual open enrollment period in order to enroll in District sponsored benefit plans.

DEPENDENT ELIGIBILITY The following are generally eligible for enrollment in District Sponsored benefits: • Your lawfully married spouse or domestic partner. • Your or your spouse/domestic partner’s dependent children, including your son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, legally adopted child, a child placed with you for adoption, eligible foster child, or child for whom you are the legally appointed guardian. • A child under a Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QSMCO). • A disabled child above age 26 who meets the disabled child requirements of the health plans. Dependent coverage will end at the end of the month in which the dependent no longer meets the eligibility requirements as defined by the plan. An exception is available for an unmarried dependent child over the plan’s age limit who is chiefly dependent upon the subscriber for support and is incapable of supporting one’s self due to mental or physical disability incurred prior to reaching the age limits as defined by the plan.

PRE-TAX HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS District employees generally pay for their health benefits on a pre-tax basis. If a District employee’s dependent is considered an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) qualified dependent, the District’s contribution for the dependent’s benefit is also tax free and the employee’s share of cost is paid on a pre-tax basis, unless specifically elected otherwise.

PREMIUM DEDUCTIONS Employee premiums are paid in advance on a bi-weekly basis. Employee benefits premium amounts will vary based on the plan selected and the level of coverage elected. The District pays a portion of the benefits premiums for medical and dental insurance. Premiums for vision insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD) and Group Life Insurance are paid for by the employer.

HEALTH INSURANCE SMART offers a variety of health plans through the CalPERS Health Benefits Program, including Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) style plans. Employee premium contributions will vary based on the plan selected and level of coverage elected.

DENTAL, VISION, LTD AND LIFE INSURANCE The District also offers dental, vision, and life insurance. Dental Insurance: The Standard Dental PPO Vision Insurance: Vision Service Plan (VSP) Life Insurance: The Standard Life Insurance Company Long Term Disability: The Standard

LIFE INSURANCE District Paid Life Insurance: All regular full-time employees or regular part-time employees who work in an allocated position of 40 hours or more per pay period receive a basic life insurance benefit paid by the District of twice the employee’s annual base salary, capped at $200,000. Employee Supplemental Life Insurance: Eligible employees may also purchase supplemental life insurance increments of $10,000, not to exceed $500,000 when combined with the basic life insurance benefit. The coverage level elected is subject to approval by The Standard Life Insurance Company. Dependent Life Insurance: Dependent Life insurance provides $5,000 of insurance for each eligible family member. An employee who elects Dependent Life Insurance is automatically the beneficiary. The policy covers employee’s spouse, domestic partner and unmarried dependent children up age 26.

LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE Standard Long Term Disability Benefit Plan This is a purchased employer-paid Long Term Disability Benefit plan through the Standard Insurance Company. This plan covers all District employees who are regularly scheduled to work a minimum of 20 hours per pay period. Benefit coverage becomes effective on the first day of the month following the date of initial eligibility. The cost of the LTD Program will be paid by the District while the employee is covered by the plan; therefore, the benefits are subject to appropriate income taxes.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS The District offers eligible employees the opportunity to enroll in a tax saving benefit called Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). This benefit allows eligible employees the opportunity to set aside tax free dollars each pay date to use for reimbursement of eligible dependent care and/or health care expenses.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PLAN SMART provides an employee assistance plan for employees and their family members through MHN. The EAP provides employees with confidential access to counseling, legal, financial and other services. This benefit is paid for by the employer.

RETIREMENT PLAN – Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 District employees are eligible for retirement benefits known as the CalPERS 2% at 62 Plan. Under this plan, employees contribute from their paychecks an amount equal to 50 percent of the cost of the plan. The amount of the contributions may vary from year-to-year, depending upon CalPERS analysis. In return, employees are eligible for a certain level of retirement pay depending on years of service and annual salary before retirement.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION SMART has available to all employees a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. This plan, currently managed by Nationwide, allows employees to make voluntary contributions, on a pre-tax basis, for their own retirement savings. For employees hired after June 1, 2012, SMART will match employee’s voluntary contributions up to a maximum of 2% of annual base salary.

SOCIAL SECURITY Please note that SMART does not participate in Social Security. Most employees will not have taxes deducted from their pay for Social Security, other than Medicare tax as required by law.

STATE DISABILITY INSURANCE Please note that SMART does not participate in California State Disability Insurance (SDI). Employees will not have taxes deducted from their pay for CA SDI. As a result, employees will not be eligible for the California Short Term Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave Programs which are funded through the CA SDI tax.

RAILROAD RETIREMENT Please note that SMART does not participate in Railroad Retirement. Instead, the District participates in California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

VACATION: Vacation leave is accrued on a bi-weekly basis. Accrual rates will vary based upon position held and years of service. Maximum Accrual Each employee shall accrue and may use vacation leave with full pay providing that the maximum accumulation shall be no more than two hundred and eighty (280) hours for full-time non-management employees and four hundred and eighty (480) hours for full-time management employees. Part-time Employees Part-time employees who work a minimum of 20 hours a week shall accrue vacation leave on a pro rata basis; usage and accrual shall be governed by the same rules and regulation applicable to full-time employees.

SICK LEAVE Full-Time Employees Full-time employees of SMART accumulate 12 days (64 hours) of sick leave per year or 3.68 hours per pay period. There is no limit on sick leave accumulation. Part-Time Employees Part-Time employees will receive a pro-rated accumulation based on number of hours scheduled per pay period. HOLIDAYS The District offers 12 paid holidays per year, including two floating holidays. SMART reserves the right to modify employee benefits at any time.

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: 
Contact phone extension: 
(707) 794-3080