Seattle, Washington

SALARY: $‎110k - $‎160k
Sound Transit is changing the way we move around the region with an unprecedented number of system expansion projects taking place over the next 7 years, and more projects taking place through 2040, we will more than quadruple the current service area! The Principal Engineer - Traction Power will serve as the senior-most technical authority on Traction Power for the agency. This role is relied upon to ensure the highest standards of safety, technical performance, quality, cost, and schedule goals are exceeded and continuously improved upon for our traction power systems. A minimum of a Master's Degree, plus 8 or more years of experience in technical systems engineering is required, as well as a PE (Professional Engineer's) license.

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This is a technical leadership role for the Engineer recognized internally and externally in the transit industry as a leading expert in their field. The purpose is to serve as a technical authority applying expert engineering judgement and representing Sound Transit's engineering interests in local, regional, and national conversations. Relies upon extensive experience, knowledge, and leadership skills to ensure that agency system safety, technical performance, quality, cost, and schedule goals are exceeded and continuously improved.

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, maintains, and approves agency design criteria and standards for systems and assets in assigned engineering discipline. Reviews and accepts deviations from established criteria.
• Develops strategies to solve the most complex short and long-term technology and engineering challenges.
• Collaborates with staff across the agency to continuously improve engineering criteria, policies, and procedures based on evolving needs and best practices.
• Required to review, approve (sign and seal) engineering drawings, and specifications within assigned engineering discipline.
• Promotes engineering excellence by coaching, training, and mentoring technical staff. May have a limited number of direct reports.
• Provides other support to the department/division as directed including serving on committees and review boards for cross-functional work.
• Leads Agency Sustainability efforts to develop efficient designs and evaluate new technologies intended to improve efficiencies and reduce impact.
• Actively participates on and influences industry committees developing and modifying technical codes, standards, and regulations applicable to Sound Transit.
• Develops and publishes industry technical literature and sources of information related to emerging trends and innovation in area or practice.
• 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:
Master’s Degree (from and ABET accredited college) in engineering, eight (8) years of technical systems engineering experience that includes working with consultants and contractors, in a rail or transit related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience serving in a leadership capacity on a recognized industry technical committee or association preferred.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).

Required Knowledge of:
• Engineering principles, methods, and techniques relevant to the assigned technical discipline applied during design, construction, testing and commissioning, operations, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure projects.
• 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 Skill in:
• Troubleshooting, diagnostics, and root cause analysis - expert ability to systematically investigate equipment failures in complex systems, determine the root cause, and recommend corrective action.
• Time management - ability to manage a large workload, prioritize effort, delegate effectively, and manage commitments.
• Collaboration - Outstanding ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other agency staff, consultants, contractors, authorities having jurisdiction, and other stakeholder groups. Is able to consistently reach consensus with diverse groups of stakeholders.
• Communication - Outstanding skill in the ability to communicate clear and accurate technical information to technical and non-technical audiences in verbal and written form.
• Meeting management - Advanced skill in planning, conducting, and recording effective meetings.
• Systems thinking - Expert skill in understanding the whole problem, seeking different perspectives, understanding interdependencies, and decomposing complex problems into solvable elements.
• Negotiation - The ability to negotiate technical and commercial issues with internal and external stakeholders.
• Conflict resolution - ability to respectfully reconcile different points of view held by diverse stakeholders on matters pertaining to area of practice.
• Coaching - Ability to foster a relationship with employees focused on continually developing technical and interpersonal skills.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:
• Work is performed in a standard office environment and in the field in support of construction, testing, operations, and maintenance 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.

Seattle, Washington

Sound Transit is transforming how the Central Puget Sound region moves by planning, building and operating regional transit systems that give millions of riders an alternative to sitting in traffic. As the agency prepares for nearly a million new Central Puget Sound residents by 2040, transit services are expanding to meet today’s growing needs. Thanks to voter approval of the largest mass transit expansion in the region’s history, Sound Transit’s light rail system will grow to four times the size it is today. When complete, the 116-mile light rail system will stretch from Everett to Tacoma and connect major job and population centers in Seattle including South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Ballard and West Seattle. It will also extend east to Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah and Mercer Island. As Sound Transit grows, we seek innovative, technical and creative professionals who are ready to come on board and make a difference. Career opportunities include Information Technology, finance, construction management and engineering positions. Apply today at

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