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9196 Senior Light Rail Vehicle Equipment Engineer

Recruitment #CBT-9196-M00048



The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.
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9196 Senior Light Rail Vehicle Equipment Engineer 


                          Amended And Reissued To Reflect A Change In The Filing Deadline

Announcement reissued on July 8, 2013.

The Application Deadline For This Position Has Been Extended To July 26, 2013, 5:00 PM

Applicants who filed under the terms of the announcement issued June 10, 2013 need not reapply.

Position Description:

Under general administrative direction, the Senior Light Rail Vehicle Equipment Engineer is responsible for the management and supervision of highly technical aspects of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) maintenance and capital improvement projects for Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) and Historic Streetcars.  The incumbent is responsible for providing specialized rail project engineering and other technical expertise to the Fleet Engineering section. 


The Senior Light Rail Vehicle Equipment Engineer manages specialized maintenance engineering work through the design and implementation of detailed and complex modifications to various rail vehicle subsystems and components located on light rail vehicles (LRV’s), historic streetcars, Presidential Conference Cars (PCC’s), and Milano cars; prepares technical specifications and develops procedures for modifications and repairs; oversees the evaluation of new and existing rail vehicles for quality and reliability by testing subsystems such as propulsion, brakes, couplers, air conditioning, etc., with subsequent development of appropriate modifications and adjustments; directs the assessment of the feasibility of using alternative parts and materials; makes recommendations and/or approves alternate parts as appropriate; directs consultants in the preparation of engineering plans and specs; directs the work of subordinate personnel in testing, modifications, adjustments, and maintenance of various rail vehicle subsystems; prepares and presents detailed and complex reports analyzing and describing solutions or recommendations; Investigates safety and reliability problems; performs oral/written presentations; prepares cost estimates and analyzes cost effectiveness of alternative engineering methods related to maintenance and repair problems; directs engineering studies/activities; travels to various facilities and sites; prepares specifications for the procurement of rail vehicle parts and materials; confers with maintenance and purchasing personnel; monitors warranty claims made to manufacturers of equipment; coordinates and meets with members of various City departments and other SFMTA divisions to discuss matters related to the operation of rail vehicles; performs duties of a project manager by planning, developing and overseeing projects, and follows projects through completion adhering to scope, schedule, contract and budgetary constraints. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering; AND


2. Seven years of experience in engineering related to the design, construction, operations testing and maintenance of light rail vehicle and historic car equipment; AND


3. Possession of a valid registration as a professional engineer from the state of California.  Registration in another state will be accepted on the condition of obtaining a California registration within one (1) year; AND


4. Possession of a valid driver license (to be presented at the time of the examination).


How to Apply:

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only.  Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted.  Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.


·         Click and select 9196 Senior Light rail Vehicle Equipment Engineer (CBT-9196- M00048)

·         Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·         Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY

·         Follow instructions given on the screen.


If you need assistance in submitting the application online, please call (415) 701-5024 or (415) 701-5046, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 


Interested candidates are encouraged to immediately apply.  If you have any questions regarding this recruitment process, please contact Robert Castellano at (415) 701-5024 or Raymond Kong at (415) 701-5046.


Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.


Computer kiosks are located in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, and in the lobby of the SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, for use by the public.  The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Applicants may be contacted by email. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should

Set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following address: (@sfgov.org, @sfmta.com).


Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s email in-box, acknowledging receipt of the application by the SFMTA – Merit Section.  If you are having difficulty submitting you application online, please contact us at (415)701-5024 or (415) 701-5046 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education, experience, registration as a professional engineer, and driver license at any point in the application, examination, and/or departmental selection process.  City employment will be verified by employee records. 


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.


Written/Performance Examination: (Weight: 100%)

Candidates deemed eligible and admitted to the examination process will be administered a written/performance test designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not limited to: knowledge of light rail vehicle equipment engineering, project engineering ability, project manager ability, supervisory ability, knowledge of rail vehicle procurement, written communication ability and human relations ability.



The certification rule used for the eligibility list resulting from this selection process will be the Rule of Three Scores.  The hiring department may conduct additional selection processes to make final hiring decisions.



Applicants are responsible for notifying the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency – Merit Unit of any changes to contact information, such as e-mail address or mailing address. This information should be submitted to the SFMTA-Merit Unit, One South Van Ness Avenue - 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Contact Information can also be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account. If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at (415) 701-5024 or (415) 701-5046 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.


Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations in the selection process must contact the analyst by phone at (415) 701-5024 or (415) 701-5046, or if hearing impaired (415) 701-5043 (TDD), or in writing to The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Requests for accommodation should be made as soon as possible.


Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams:

Reasonable Accommodation Request:

Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities


Veteran’s Preference:

Information regarding requests for veteran’s preference can be found at:



General Information concerning San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Employment Policies and Procedures:

Employment Information for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor. This information, including information regarding appeals of the terms of this announcement, is part of the terms of all announcements.


Terms of Announcement:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at http://www.sfdhr.org .


Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants are encouraged to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam records and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.


Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide

verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities are encouraged to apply

An Equal Opportunity Employer



COMBINED PROMOTIVE AND ENTRANCE                                                         

Reissued: July 8, 2013

Issued: June 10, 2013

Edward D. Reiskin

Director of Transportation

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Announcement No. M00048

MTA/RC: (415) 701-5024

















Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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