I have been applying to work for BART for over 3 years

Dear BART,

I have a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have 3 years of experience in transit vehicle design and another year of government engineering and policy experience (along with 2 more years of other professional experience). I have been watching the BART jobs website like a hawk for over 3 years, and have been applying to all engineering positions that I am remotely qualified for. I have yet to receive any response that is not "we are sorry to inform you that we have moved ahead with more qualified applicants." Is there some way for me to find out what it means to be "more qualified?" I have contacted the job application help line on 2 occasions in regard to positions that I feel I was a perfect fit for and have been unable to get any helpful information.


PS. Please do not post racially charged comments or turn this into a spitting match. I am looking for help with the application process. I know that I am an excellent candidate but seem unable to conquer the red tape required to get an interview.

MalcoveMagnesia's picture

why are you so desperate to get into an agency that clearly has no interest in qualified candidates?

p.s. have you ever heard of the term "casting couch"? there's a reason why some of the cloth seats have such persistent stains.

I would really suggest you do some soul searching if your thinking a company not motivated by profit is better than where you are. Bart has serious issues , all around. I look at it like shoveling cow poop in different parts of the world , yes the scenery is different but ... It's still shoveling poop .

The intial job applications are screened for keywords so make sure that your app matches whatever keywords are in the job postings. For example, if they want AAA, BBB and CCC certification you would write "I have AAA and BBB certification. Plan to obtain CCC certification." This will be enough to get you through the robo/HR screening and have someone in your area of interest actually see your application.

I'd agree with the other posters, though, and think carefully about working at BART--the pay is lower than the private sector and advancement depends more on politics than skill.

Dear Job Applicant:

Please do some homework. With the recent announcement that BART will be putting out to bid for new rail cars, please chase down potential job openings from the 3-4 rail car manufacturers that will probably enter bids. The initial design specifications prepared by BART were probably completed by contractors in the design phase. Once BART accepts the proposed design, the contract administrators will package an RFP for construction of the transit vehicles. BART isn't going to maintain a full time branch of engineers on its payroll for such capital projects.

Most of this work is done with outside contractors. The mechanical engineers at BART do exist, but turnover, if I'm correct is very, very low. Look for the prime contractor for the project you're interested in and seek a position on the private sector side working on the BART project.

Lastly, you're competing with candidates with PE after their names and with many years of mass transit engineering experience. Keep trying.