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Rail Track Maintainer #2212-288500-01

Date Opened
Friday, December 09, 2022 12:00 PM
Close Date
Friday, June 09, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $50,291 - $56,577/year (salary to commensurate with experience)


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Track Maintainer is responsible for preventive maintenance, inspection, troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of rails, embedded track, switches/turnouts, and other track right of way components.  These include but are not limited to special track work parts, ballast ties, direct fixation fasteners, rail joints, roadbed drains, floating slabs, crossing pads, and derailers. Candidates may be required to respond to emergencies on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis.

Must be available to work various shifts; holidays, nights and weekends. 

Special Pay:

This position is eligible for a shift differential. Employees regularly assigned to 2nd or 3rd shifts will be eligible to receive a 2.5% premium added to their base weekly pay. 

This position is a CDL eligible position. Employees working in a CDL eligible position with a valid Commercial Driver's License are eligible to receive a 2.5% premium added to their base weekly pay. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for removing obstructions such as tree limbs, shrubs, weeds, graffiti, or any other element that may affect rail operations or the appearance of the ROW
  • Operate non-revenue vehicles and high-rail maintenance vehicles and perform specific maintenance on this equipment
  • Assist the supervisor in maintaining records and reports of work production, procurement, and usage of materials
  • Provide emergency response and will be called upon to provide support for other areas regarding light rail service, special events, trolley, and public safety and service
  • Assist with the ongoing track inspection program utilizing a computer-reporting system ensuring equipment meets standards, tolerances, and typical adverse conditions that may affect the movement of track
  • 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.
  • Perform all duties as required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrate knowledge of preventative and corrective maintenance practices.
  • Perform troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of complex components
  • Safely operate a variety of standard and specialized hand tools and shop power equipment.
  • Read, follow and utilize electrical, electronic, and mechanical drawings.
  • Must be able to document work on logs, spreadsheets, documents and forms as well as utilizing computerized maintenance terminals, personal, laptop and handheld computers.
  • Must be computer literate and have the ability to adapt to the use and understanding of existing software and future upgrades.
  • Must be able to work in safety critical and high voltage environments associated with operation of a rail system.
  • PC skills including all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Ability to comply with all safety regulations set forth by CATS, OSHA, FTA, FRA, and NCDOT as they apply to CATS LRT; must be able to pass a pre-employment physical.
  • Ability to lift, carry, and manipulate between 60 to 100 lbs.
  • Ability to stand, sit, bend, twist, kneel, reach, crouch, lying down prone or supine, at shoulder level or above or any combination listed while performing work.
  • Ability to work in inclement weather
  • Ability to perform work at heights on platforms and man lifts
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Preferred Qualification

  • Track maintenance and/or construction experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Ability to compute various mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, compute fractions, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and ability to use track maintenance tools such as rail drill, rail saw, tamping, jacks, general construction equipment and hand tools

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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

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

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

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

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