Transit Systems 2020-11-16 2020-12-21

Engineer - Testing & Commissioning ENGIN01739

Company: Sound Transit View more listings
Location: Seattle, Washington
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 127087

This is a technical role as an Engineer involved in the testing and commissioning of a transit system. The purpose is to work within teams providing engineering for Sound Transit projects in the testing phase. Relies upon experience and knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems to ensure that agency safety, technical performance, quality, cost, and schedule goals are met or exceeded. Systems include, but are not limited to light rail vehicles, communications, traction electrification, signals, SCADA, fire/life safety, facility mechanical and facility electrical systems, and tunnel operating systems.

The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Develops, directs, and evaluates results of testing plans and procedures in support of the agency Systems testing program.
  • Performs reviews and oversight to ensure contractor test plans are in compliance with Agency policies and procedures and that all safety certification objectives are successfully met.
  • Collaborates closely with engineering, planning, design, and operations to implement the System Testing Procedures including: scheduling resources, track access, availability of equipment, training, and witnessing tests.
  • Monitors contractor and Sound Transit test progress, reviews and evaluates test exceptions, and authorizes requests for testing.
  • Serves on the Systems Integration Testing Subcommittee for assigned projects.
  • Demonstrates Sound Transit’s Values in every interaction.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or closely related field and four (4) years of experience that includes systems engineering work preferably involved in testing in a rail or transit related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Valid state driver’s license.

Required Knowledge of:
  • Engineering principles, methods, and techniques applied during design, construction, testing and commissioning, operations, and maintenance.
  • Codes and related regulations applicable to area of practice.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to emerging trends and innovation in area or practice.

Required Skills:
  • Troubleshooting, diagnostics, and root cause analysis - ability to systematically investigate equipment failures, determine the root cause, and recommend corrective action.
  • Time management - ability to control a large workload, prioritize effort, and manage commitments.
  • Collaboration - ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other agency staff, consultants, contractors, authorities having jurisdiction, and other stakeholder groups.
  • Communication - ability to communicate clear and accurate technical information to technical and non-technical audiences in verbal and written form.
  • Meeting management - Able to plan, conduct, and record effective meetings.
  • Systems thinking - ability to understand the whole problem, seek different perspectives, understand interdependencies, and decompose complex problems into solvable elements.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:
  • Work is performed in a standard office environment and in the field in support of construction and testing efforts. Work performed during normal business hours with exceptions to accommodate testing, investigations, and other engineering activities.
  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, climbing ladders, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, and physical harm when conducting field surveys and when working in the field.
  • Role requires occasional nightshift / weekend work typical of major infrastructure projects and operating transit systems.
  • The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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