Assistant Engineer - Rail Systems (19899503)

Northern Bay Area
Until filled or until 100 applicants
$42.50-$51.66 Hourly

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5401 Old Redwood Highway, Ste. 200 Petaluma, CA, 94954


Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), the Bay Area’s newest transit system, seeks an experienced Assistant Engineer to perform field and office engineering work in support of SMART's Train Control Systems. As Assistant Engineer for Rail Systems you will act as an assistant to the Manager of Train Control Systems by participating in the design, construction and implementation of a variety of systems engineering projects related to train control, grade crossing warning systems and networking. This is a term-limited position whose duration may vary depending upon the needs of the District's projects. This is a full-time position and is benefits eligible.


SMART is an equal opportunity employer.


Ideal Candidate


The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District has a unique opportunity in its Petaluma office for a highly motivated Assistant Engineer who is ready to take a step forward in their career and be part of a  team of people dedicated to providing passenger rail service to Sonoma and Marin Counties.

Under general supervision, the Assistant Engineer will perform field or office engineering work of moderate difficulty in support of SMART's train control systems; to direct subordinate engineers and engineering technicians in connection with the performance of a wide variety of SMART construction projects; and to do related work as required

This is the journey level and work assignments are usually portions of a major portion of project, are received in general terms and the incumbent is expected to use judgment and initiative in developing and completing work assignments.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

This is a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by, and minimum requirements required of, employees in the class.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.  SMART reserves the right to determine and amend job responsibilities.

  • Acts as an assistant to the Manager of Train Control Systems on projects
  • Performs field inspections and witnessing of field testing.
  • Participates and assists in the design, construction and implementation of a variety of systems engineering projects of moderate difficulty such as train control, grade crossing warning systems, and networking.
  • Calculates the quantity, quality, and cost of materials used in various projects.
  • Reviews engineering calculations of other engineers or technicians.
  • Prepares engineering specifications.
  • Retrieves data logs from a variety of microprocessor and networking equipment.
  • Performs analysis of data logs, and prepares detailed reports regarding equipment operation and performance.
  • Assists field staff in performing troubleshooting of microprocessor and networking equipment.
  • Coordinates with equipment vendors during troubleshooting and warranty administration.
  • Prepares and reviews drawings, procedures and reports.
  • Reviews and checks circuit plans for the project to assure compliance with the specifications and follows sound engineering practices.
  • Prepares engineering estimates and prepares change orders.
  • Participates in communications with consultants and contractors on contract disputes and changes.
  • Participates as staff in public hearings and public meetings as needed.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public.
  • Prepares technical correspondence and reports.
  • May direct the work of subordinate engineers and technical staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or related field from an accredited college or university; and
  • Two years of full-time professional engineering experience providing the knowledge and skill requirements. 
  • Professional engineering/rail systems related experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the educational requirement.

Other Qualifications

  • Experience in rail design and/or construction desirable.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Microsoft Office for design and construction is essential.
  • Possession of a valid California Engineer-In-Training Certificate.



SONOMA-MARIN AREA RAIL TRANSIT DISTRICT HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS 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, STD AND LIFE INSURANCE: The District also offers dental, vision, and life insurance.  Dental Insurance: Delta Dental PPO;  Vision Insurance: Vision Service Plan (VSP): Life Insurance: VOYA;  Long Term Disability: VOYA; Voluntary Short Term Disability: VOYA

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 insurer. 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:  The Long Term Disability Benefit Plan is an employer-paid Long Term Disability Benefit plan through the VOYA 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.

SHORT TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE:  The Short Term Disability Benefit Plan is a voluntary plan purchased through the VOYA 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 STD Program will be paid by the employee.

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 3.69 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.


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