Sr. Computer Systems Engineer (JAVA Software Sr. Engineer)

Published
November 17, 2021
Location
Oakland, CA
Job Type
 

Description

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 new or rehired 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 HRDP@bart.gov .

Department

Computer Systems Engineering, Maintenance & Engineering Department

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2021 current employee cost $153.85 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

Non Rep Pay Band 7
Minimum: $105,333.00, Midpoint: $131,667.00, Maximum: $159,580.00
Initial salary offer may be between $143,500.00 and $149,500.00 commensurate with experience

Posted Date

November 15, 2021

Closing Date

Open Until Filled / Further Notice
Initial Application Review will begin on or before December 1, 2021
Please note that any job announcement may be closed/canceled at any time.

Reports To

R. Harnden

Days Off

Variable, As Assigned

Current Assignment

BART's Computer Systems Engineering Division is looking for an experienced JAVA software engineer to join a small agile scrum team that designs, codes and supports the software used by BART 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, to keep trains running on time and to coordinate maintenance work, while keeping everyone safe in the process.
This team is currently building out a real-time data exchange using KAFKA that will enable BART's in-house systems to work hand-in-hand with a new vendor-provided CBTC train control system.
This KAFKA framework is core to BART's digital transformation strategy that will integrate a wide range of BART in-house applications and pave the way for workflow applications, improved visibility into the operations and more targeted maintenance strategies.
This position will be key to designing, testing and deploying end-user facing software modules that are built upon the KAFKA data exchange. To be successful, you'll need to learn BART's underlying business processes: how trains are scheduled, how problems are detected, how BART personnel respond and how riders are informed. In addition to writing, testing and deploying code, you will work directly with internal end users to learn their needs, write user stories and validate the results in both test and revenue service deployments.
The primary responsibilities for this role are:

  • Follow agile processes to deliver quality code that meet end user's needs without introducing defects that negatively impact service.
  • Meet with end users to gather their requirements and clearly document them. Work with the scrum team to develop user stories to meet those requirements.
  • Develop clean and intuitive end user interfaces, that are designed to integrate with the backend data available from the KAFKA data exchange.
  • Develop templates and re-useable end user and data processing frameworks to reduce the on-going maintenance burden and to reduce time to deploy new applications that leverage the expanding scope of KAFKA data streams.
  • Demonstrate your work product, develop training for other engineers and users.
  • Provide on-call 3 rd level operations support roughly 1 week every quarter, in rotation with the rest of the CSE division.

Ideal incumbents will possess many of the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:

  • Agile processes, including but not limited to:
    • Gather requirements
    • Write and estimate User Stories with acceptance criteria
    • Track progress and report blockers during daily scrums
    • Review Definition of Done before User Stories are closed
    • Conduct post-Sprint retrospective and improvement meetings
  • Development processes, including but not limited to:
    • Write and execute unit tests for new functionality
    • Run regression tests to ensure no new defects are introduced
    • Produce and review documentation including:
      • Design (including UML and other diagrams)
      • End user guides
      • Training materials
    • Conduct code reviews / pull requests
    • Conduct end user acceptance testing
  • Familiarity with:
    • Operating systems and containers
      • VMware
      • Linux(Centos)
      • Windows
      • LDAP
    • JAVA
      • Java SE 1.8
      • Java IDEs (IntelliJ IDEA preferred, Eclipse)
      • Providing RESTful APIs
      • KAFKA, KAFKA streaming
      • Version Control Software (Git preferred)
      • Using CI/CD including Jenkins and Gitlab pipelines
      • Build tools such as Gradle, Maven and Ant
    • Web Development
      • Such as Vue, AngularCLI, Angular Material, React, Electron or SPA
      • OpenJAVA FX, Swing
      • On-line workflow frameworks, such as BPMN, jBPM, Activiti
      • Web development IDEs( such as VSCode, WebStorm, Atom, Sublime)
      • Wireframing tools, such as Balsamiq, Sketch, Miro, etc.
    • Data-processing frameworks
      • Such as Apache SPARK, FLINK, Hadoop
      • Splunk
    • Staying abreast of emerging technologies

Essential Job Functions

Performs advanced computer systems engineering duties in control of the development, modification, installation and maintenance of the District's computerized equipment and systems; designs and tests computer control systems; monitors relative systems operations; provides direction to programmers and installation staff.
Resolves complex computer systems malfunctions; analyzes and determines cause, takes corrective actions; recommends system modifications as required.
Performs system database maintenance duties including analysis of space usage, backup, recovery and performance tuning recovery; reorganizes database configuration; maintains multiple database versions to support production and systems development operations; maintains and supports on line and off line databases in multiple locations.
Analyzes District plant engineering changes; determines requirements for database updates; analyzes impact on other subsystems.
Prepares plant for short and long term modification to existing computer systems; prepares cost benefit analysis and estimates for computer system projects.
Designs hardware and software modifications to control and data collection systems; prepares equipment specifications and procurement contracts.
Develops computer operating manuals and test procedures; prepares computer hardware and software installation, modification and testing.
Develops and modifies various complex programming codes and scripts; acts as liaison between the District and software consultants and equipment manufacturers.
Provides technical computer systems engineering support for various departments throughout the District in the maintenance of computer systems operations; analyzes user requirements; provides software or hardware solutions.
Prepares a variety of technical reports, manuals, specifications, drawings and correspondence relevant to project areas.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of computer systems engineering.
As assigned, may participate in training assigned employees in their areas of work including computer systems engineering design methods, procedures and techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree in Computer Systems, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: The equivalent of three (3) years of full-time professional verifiable experience in computer systems engineering experience.
Substitution: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for- year basis. A college degree is preferred.
Other Requirements: Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. May be required to work overtime to test hardware and software.
Knowledge of:
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive computer systems engineering program
Operational characteristics of computer systems and their sub-components
Computer programming languages and operating systems used in a variety of systems and real time applications
Methods and techniques of estimating and scheduling computer system modifications
Methods and techniques of programming and testing computer systems and applications
Operational characteristics of a variety of databases and operational systems
Methods and techniques of database management and administration
Computer hardware and software equipment and materials
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical report preparation
Advanced mathematical principles
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers
Principles of lead supervision and training
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations
Skill in:
Developing, reviewing, and modifying complex computer systems
Leading, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level computer systems staff
Independently performing the most difficult computer systems engineering work
Reading and understanding technical drawings and specifications
Performing database management and administration duties
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures
Preparing complex computer hardware and software designs
Monitoring project budget and schedules
Preparing computer programs, test procedures and operating manuals
Troubleshooting and diagnosing computer system malfunctions
Preparing and interpreting computer hardware specifications
Analyzing complex technical problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending solutions
Conducting software tests and debugging procedures
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 including District officials and the general public

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 www.bart.gov/jobs. 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 www.bart.gov/jobs, or on EmployeeConnect.

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. On line 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.
When you have successfully applied for this position, you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please email Employment Help at employment@bart.gov for assistance.
To verify submission of your application, click on the 'My Career Tools' link at the top of the 'Careers Home Page' after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please email the Employment Help at employment@bart.gov, between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.

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 employment@bart.gov .

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 www.bart.gov/jobs.

Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions: Office environment; exposure to computer screens.
Physical Conditions: May require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Essential Job Functions

Performs advanced computer systems engineering duties in control of the development, modification, installation and maintenance of the District's computerized equipment and systems; designs and tests computer control systems; monitors relative systems operations; provides direction to programmers and installation staff.
Resolves complex computer systems malfunctions; analyzes and determines cause, takes corrective actions; recommends system modifications as required.
Performs system database maintenance duties including analysis of space usage, backup, recovery and performance tuning recovery; reorganizes database configuration; maintains multiple database versions to support production and systems development operations; maintains and supports on line and off line databases in multiple locations.
Analyzes District plant engineering changes; determines requirements for database updates; analyzes impact on other subsystems.
Prepares plant for short and long term modification to existing computer systems; prepares cost benefit analysis and estimates for computer system projects.
Designs hardware and software modifications to control and data collection systems; prepares equipment specifications and procurement contracts.
Develops computer operating manuals and test procedures; prepares computer hardware and software installation, modification and testing.
Develops and modifies various complex programming codes and scripts; acts as liaison between the District and software consultants and equipment manufacturers.
Provides technical computer systems engineering support for various departments throughout the District in the maintenance of computer systems operations; analyzes user requirements; provides software or hardware solutions.
Prepares a variety of technical reports, manuals, specifications, drawings and correspondence relevant to project areas.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of computer systems engineering.
As assigned, may participate in training assigned employees in their areas of work including computer systems engineering design methods, procedures and techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree in Computer Systems, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: The equivalent of three (3) years of full-time professional verifiable experience in computer systems engineering experience.
Substitution: Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for- year basis. A college degree is preferred.
Other Requirements: Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. May be required to work overtime to test hardware and software.
Knowledge of:
Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive computer systems engineering program
Operational characteristics of computer systems and their sub-components
Computer programming languages and operating systems used in a variety of systems and real time applications
Methods and techniques of estimating and scheduling computer system modifications
Methods and techniques of programming and testing computer systems and applications
Operational characteristics of a variety of databases and operational systems
Methods and techniques of database management and administration
Computer hardware and software equipment and materials
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical report preparation
Advanced mathematical principles
Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers
Principles of lead supervision and training
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations
Skill in:
Developing, reviewing, and modifying complex computer systems
Leading, organizing and reviewing the work of lower level computer systems staff
Independently performing the most difficult computer systems engineering work
Reading and understanding technical drawings and specifications
Performing database management and administration duties
Interpreting and explaining District policies and procedures
Preparing complex computer hardware and software designs
Monitoring project budget and schedules
Preparing computer programs, test procedures and operating manuals
Troubleshooting and diagnosing computer system malfunctions
Preparing and interpreting computer hardware specifications
Analyzing complex technical problems, evaluating alternatives, and recommending solutions
Conducting software tests and debugging procedures
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 including District officials and the general public

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 www.bart.gov/jobs. 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 www.bart.gov/jobs, or on EmployeeConnect.

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. On line 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.
When you have successfully applied for this position, you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please email Employment Help at employment@bart.gov for assistance.
To verify submission of your application, click on the 'My Career Tools' link at the top of the 'Careers Home Page' after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please email the Employment Help at employment@bart.gov, between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.

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 employment@bart.gov .

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 www.bart.gov/jobs.

Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.
Working Conditions:
Environmental Conditions: Office environment; exposure to computer screens.
Physical Conditions: May require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

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