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10 Jan 2022

Full-Time Associate Engineer-Systems – $65K-$105K – ASSOC002072

Sound Transit – Posted by Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

SALARY RANGE: $65,000 to 105,000

Sound Transit is changing the way we move around the region with an unprecedented number of system expansion projects taking place through 2040, we will more than quadruple the current service area. Come and be a part of the transformation! The Associate Engineer-Systems will play a critical role in new vehicle procurement projects through design, manufacturing and commissioning, and provide support to the upkeep of existing light rail vehicles. The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, or equivalent, such as an associate’s degree in engineering and work experience. Experience in light rail vehicles or other transit vehicles is desirable but there will be ample opportunity to learn and grow in this role.

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This is a technical role as an intermediate level Engineer. Under general supervision, performs engineering duties in support of the Agency’s capital projects and operational needs.


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.

Under direction from senior level engineering staff, in area of assignment:

• Performs intermediate-level engineering tasks including but not limited to: site investigations; preparation of drawings and specifications; alternatives analysis; development of reports and technical documents; performing engineering calculations; and development of costs and schedules.

• Semi-independent review and input to formal contract deliverables and submittals to provide assurance of project compliance with established agency technical criteria, policies and procedures for design development, systems interface coordination and integration, construction and testing and commissioning.

• Develops designs for less complex follow on and service delivery projects from beginning to end.  Including coordination of schedule, scope, and budget of assigned projects.

• Provides support to the department/division and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as assigned; prepares and presents reports and presentations; attends and participates in professional group meetings.

• Supports Agency Sustainability efforts to develop efficient designs and evaluate new technologies intended to improve efficiencies and reduce impact.

• Collaborates with staff across the agency to ensure continuous improvement and best practice is applied to engineering criteria, policies and procedures.

• Champions and models Sound Transit’s core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.

• 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:

Bachelors degree in Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or computer science from an Accredited Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) and a minimum of two years of engineering work experience in design, construction, commissioning, or operations and maintenance of complex industrial electrical systems or mechanical systems such as rail vehicles.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

• Valid state driver’s license

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

• Engineer-in-Training (EIT)

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Basic understanding of principles and practices in engineering discipline.

• Application of Engineering principles, methods and techniques applied to transit design, construction, testing and commissioning, operations and maintenance.

• Basic understanding of Codes and related regulations applicable to area of practice.

• Prior knowledge of rail vehicle systems or sub-systems would be a plus.

• 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 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 supporting construction and operations.

• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, hazardous chemicals, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and 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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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #transportation, Computer Science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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