Engineering Specialist

Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas, Texas 75202
  • Job Code
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Provide engineering technical support, assist with development of product specifications, statements of work, code investigations, failure analysis, and needs assessments for all applicable systems and/or applicable infrastructure upgrading, modifications or repairs of the Light Rail Transit System, and/or Bus and/or Non Revenue Vehicles (NRV) maintained by DART Maintenance Department. Systems include applicable Buses, Light Rail Vehicles, Streetcars and Non-Revenue Vehicles.


  • Perform routine duties related to the technical area of assignment and develop, assist, and support Technical Product Specifications, Statements of Work (SOW), and developing engineering modifications for special maintenance projects. Analyze maintenance and general service records to identify bus or rail equipment problems and recommend improvements as required; interface with Operations, Maintenance, Safety, immediate supervisor, upper management, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) subcontractors, and vendors. Recommend system improvements as required.
  • Lead the development and review of accident and incident investigations, engineering reports, technical documentation, develop test procedures and pass/fail criteria, data validation, and verification. Recommend methods for streamlining procedures; assist in reviewing trend analysis of substandard or defective systems to isolate the cause(s) associated with failure.
  • Write and/or modify maintenance documentation, including but not limited to field modification and maintenance instructions, failure analyses, product test reports, and electrical schematics and drawings. Write documents to support procurement, including but not limited to budgetary estimates, technical specifications, procurement justification memoranda, Statements of Work. Support the development and preparation of the technical requirements within grant application packages.
  • Lead and/or assist in design, development, release, and implementation of on-vehicle (bus and rail) systems, equipment, and/or changes for continuous improvement to systems normal operations.
  • Maintain as-built configuration of systems and vehicles.
  • Provide technical support, documentation, and inspections as requested on various projects and act as a liaison between DART Engineering and other DART departments, OEMs, subcontractors, vendors, and external contacts regarding technical support and related issues.
  • Promote the development and assist in improvements to established safety, training, and preventative maintenance programs.
  • Assist the Manager (Rail and Bus) in preparing and developing a variety of reports for management review.
  • Must be able to identify analogous equipment on bus and rail to work on bus or rail vehicles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Note: An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the below stated minimums excluding High School Diploma, GED, Licenses, or Certifications.

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, Transportation, Engineering, or related field.
  • Six (6) years progressively responsible engineering experience in mass transit systems or related maintenance environments.
  • Must have a valid Texas Class C drivers license, no DWI/DUI conviction within the last sixty (60) consecutive months, not more than one (1) DWI/DUI on driving record, and not more than three (3) convictions of moving violations within the last thirty-six (36) consecutive months on driving record to operate DART non-revenue vehicles.
  • Knowledge of communications protocols (LAN, cell network, CAN bus, RS232) commonly used in bus and rail vehicles.
  • Knowledge of the operation and function of engineering tools and measuring devices such as gauges, data loggers, electronic diagnostic test equipment (e.g., multimeters, oscilloscopes), small hand tools, pressure equipment, etc.
  • Proficient using a personal computer (PC), including software applications utilized to complete Microsoft Project (or equivalent), word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, and database and audio-visual Presentations.
  • Ability to demonstrate a fiduciary obligation to section, division, department, and DART in handling materials and information of a confidential nature.
  • Analytical ability to find solutions to engineering, technical, and operational problems. Recognized project management skills.
  • Ability to utilize the Internet and other methods to assist with gathering technical data.
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively communicate to all levels, both inside and outside of DART.
  • Ability to write and speak clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles. Can get messages across to achieve the desired effect.
  • Ability to be dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.
  • Ability to make good decisions based upon a mixture of analysis, knowledge, experience, and judgment. Ability to use rigorous logic and methods to solve complex problems with effective solutions. Probe all potentially viable sources for answers.
  • Ability to employ sound root cause analysis techniques to identify otherwise concealed problems. Looks beyond the obvious and does not stop at the first answers.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, including electrical and electronic schematics.
  • Ability to identify electronic components, characteristics, functions, and understanding of the systems appropriate test methodologies to the component level.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and climb ladders.

Reports to Mgr Bus Fleet Engineering *

Works in an environment where there is exposure to dust, noise, or temperature. May be exposed to unpleasant working conditions to include dust, noise, temperature, weather, petroleum products, and chemicals, assuming incumbent is observing all policies and procedures, safety precautions and regulations, and using all protective clothing and devices provided.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees may perform other duties as assigned.

DART is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, supporting diversity in the workplace. M/F/D/V


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