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Sr. Communications Systems Engineer - Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers


San Jose, CA, US SantaFe Springs, CA, US Irvine, CA, US Los Angeles, CA, US Huntington, CA, US San Francisco, CA, US San Diego, CA, US Sacramento, CA, US Pasadena, CA, US Milpitas, CA, US

Requisition ID: 141160 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering has an immediate opening for a dynamic Lead Communications System Engineer in our growing Rail Transit System Engineering Group to support Rail/Transit projects in California.  You will be part of our rapidly growing Infrastructure Design Department, which includes Rail/Transit Systems, Integration, Train Control, Architectural, structural, geotechnical, civil, drainage, roadway, track and materials disciplines.  This is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on the design-build delivery of infrastructure projects.   If you have a diverse background in Rail/Transit communications systems, experience with BART projects, we would be interested in talking with you! 


ENR released its 2022 Top 400 Contractor rankings. Kiewit ranks No. 3! 
•            No. 1 - Domestic Heavy
•            No. 1 - Petroleum
•            No. 1 - Transportation
•            No. 2 - Power
•            No. 4 - Working Abroad
•            No. 20 - Domestic Building / Manufacturing

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering's Design-Build team is driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects. Through our integrated design and construction approach, our multi-disciplinary team works together to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk. Our construction-focused engineers work collaboratively with our estimators and builders to design solutions that are innovative, constructible, and designed with a focus on safety. Clients benefit from the proven processes and tools used by Kiewit to minimize project risk. We are an in-house resource that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff shares experiences gained, innovative concepts, and best practices for all projects that we support. 


Kiewit’s management and implementation of this process leads to safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that exceeds client expectations and furthers Kiewit’s legacy of excellence. 


On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success. 


This position is based out of the San Jose/San Francisco California area.  We do offer relocation assistance to the area.  


  • Support all aspects of communications system engineering for Rail/Transit projects
  • Develop the scope of work for communications system engineering tasks 
  • Support Project Managers for related schedules and budgets for assigned project elements; monitor progress against schedule and budget requirements; and identify and document changes in scope
  • Determine the applicable scope of work for procurement of materials and equipment, procurement schedules and budgets for assigned project buy outs; monitor progress to maintain those procurements; and interface with procurement and subcontract personnel to facilitate the bid process
  • Lead and coordinate work among other discipline leads towards successful deliverables and completion of projects
  • Prepare/review technical reports and documentation of activity for the client and project management
  • Produce detailed design plans for all communications and network systems to support the communications related equipment. 
  • Perform studies to support the deployment of various communications systems.
  • Manage third party subcontractors to complete necessary detail design communication activities 
  • Select technology, devices, equipment and/or components to meet performance requirements.  
  • Assess potential outside design consultants.
  • Provide guidance for Junior Engineer/Designers and subcontracting arrangements as well as evaluate estimated design costs.
  • Other tasks deemed necessary by the senior leadership


  • Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering, communications engineering, electronics engineering, information systems engineering or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree in engineering is preferred.  California PE is required
  • Minimum 15 years of progressive work experience and thorough understanding of the following, but not limited to: Communications system design, and construction. This includes, but not limited to, the Network backbone, the Fiber optic network, Network architecture and configuration, Public Address, Passenger Information System, CCTV, IP-PBX System, Access Control system, Maintenance Management System, AFC (Automatic Fare Collection), Radio system, Network interface with safety critical and auxiliary systems 
  • Experience with Regulations and standards for communications system design, operation, and maintenance
  • Communications system project and/or construction management, as well as systems integration management experience
  • Advanced knowledge of subsystems such as train control, supervisory control/ SCADA, traction power, tunnel ventilation, and auxiliary electrical systems
  • Knowledge of on-board/ wayside interface;  Knowledge/expertise with communications system aspects of train control technologies such as ATC, PTC, and CBTC
  • Rail Transit communications system project experience is preferred 
  • Ability to travel as business requires.



Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    FIELD ROLES ONLY May work at various different locations and conditions may vary

Base Compensation: $122,265 - $183,397 
(Actual compensation is subject to variation due to such factors as education, experience, skillset, and/or location)

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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