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Rail MOW Maintainer Lead #2207-288320-01

Date Opened
Monday, July 18, 2022 2:57 PM
Close Date
Friday, October 14, 2022 8:53 AM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $58,779 - $64,959
Employment Type
  • Full Time


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The Train Control (TC) Maintainer Lead using guidelines set forth by The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will lead the maintenance staff in the performance of their duties in regard to the maintenance, testing, inspection, operation, and repair of the CATS Train Control and Communication systems and associated equipment.

This lead position will oversee, direct staff, and work alongside in complex and specialized troubleshooting (both electrical and mechanical), preventive and corrective maintenance, and overhauls of rail transit equipment and associated sub-systems.

This equipment includes, but is not limited to, train to wayside communications, vital controllers, automatic train protection, vital track circuits, rail switch machines, grade crossing equipment and signals. This position requires the ability to lead and perform testing and troubleshooting of specialized electrical and electro-mechanical equipment. The lead is responsible for assisting supervisory staff with the development of new and improved maintenance procedures and techniques as required.

The TC Maintainer Lead will respond to incidents that could affect revenue service, responding in such a manner as to provide safety to patrons and employees and to minimize damage to equipment. The TC Lead will provide emergency response and will be called upon to provide support for other areas in regard to light rail service, special events, streetcar, public safety/service and other duties as assigned.

The TC Lead will ensure equipment is maintained to applicable IEEE, FTA, APTA, NCDOT, and CATS standards. The TC Lead is subject to irregular hC6bkie policy shift changes due to operational needs and emergency call back 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Military personnel who meet or exceed minimum education and experience requirements and completed a certification in electrical/electronic are encouraged to apply.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with other members of the Maintenance of Way workforce and all related vocations to provide safe and reliable equipment for daily revenue
  • May be required to work outside vocation in accordance with the needs of CATS
  •  Responsible for determining and prioritizing required Train Control repair and maintenance activities, determining/scheduling work crew assignments appropriate, and ensuring the performance in all assigned duties
  • Responds to rail system incidents and works to mitigate service delays and/or recover from any equipment failures. Renders whatever actions are needed to restore revenue service             
  • Follows and adheres to all Maintenance of Way standards, policies and procedures applicable to the day-to-day operations of the rail system and revenue service
  • Oversees and works with the staff in the inspection, maintenance, and repair of all equipment related to systems including but not limited to: automatic train protection, train to wayside communication, grade crossings, interlocking, supervisory control and data acquisition, carrier transmission systems, control center software and hardware and all maintenance and emergency support equipment
  • Assisting supervisory staff overseeing and performing acceptance testing and pre-service testing of newly acquired rail systems components and equipment as well as needed multi-system tests as required once service begins
  • Acquires information during these processes for future use in training and maintenance
  • Assisting supervisory staff in overseeing planned maintenance as outlined by the OEM, FTA, APTA, NCDOT and CATS management and assisting supervisory staff with evaluating needed changes or upgrades and submits them to supervision for review
  • Complies with and enforces all safety regulations set forth by CATS, OSHA, FTA, FRA, and NCDOT
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Utilizes computer based maintenance and material management system to track and plan maintenance and repairs as well as track materials needed to perform maintenance
  • Trains other rail personnel as needed
  • Works cohesively with other CATS and City departments, as well as contractors and utility companies
  • Directly support continuous implementation and compliance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) State Safety Oversight Program Standards (SSOPS) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations 49 CFR Part 673 and 672 related to the Safety Management System (SMS) and the CATS Agency Safety Plan (ASP). Support Safety performance goals of CATS
  • Encourage employees to proactively support and report safety concerns following the CATS Safety Reporting options as described in your training and in the ASP
  • As part of your responsibility to support the CATS Safety Culture, report safety concerns and issues through the various methods established by CATS as outlined in the ASP
  • Advocate and promote a strong safety culture within CATS with regard to transportation services, capital programs, facility operations and maintenance, worksite procedures, employees, and customers following SMS and ASP
  • Participate in internal and external ASP audits
  •  All other job-related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Associate degree in electrical/electronic with five (2) years of experience performing complex and specialized troubleshooting (both electrical and mechanical), preventative and corrective maintenance, and overhauls of train control equipment and associated sub-systems.

*Requires two years of direct foreman or lead experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments. This position is considered a security and safety sensitive position and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing under FTA  guidelines as well as all procedures and guidelines in alignment with the City of Charlotte and CATS Drug and Alcohol Policies

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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