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The Rail Track Maintainer Lead
is responsible for the direction of crews involved in the construction,
maintenance, and repair of railroad track. Lead, coach and train less tenured staff. They are required to exercise considerable
initiative, independent judgment, and discretion in performing all duties. They
are also required to stay informed and up to date of City of Charlotte and CATS
policies, rules, and regulations.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for preventive
maintenance of rails, embedded track, switches/ turnouts, and other track right
of way components including, but not limited to special track work/parts,
ballast, ties, direct fixation fasteners, rail joints, roadbed drainage,
floating slabs, crossing pads, and de-railers.
- Responsible for removing
obstructions such as tree limbs, shrubs, weeds, graffiti, or any other element
that may affect rail operations of the appearance of the ROW.
- Will be required to operate
non-revenue vehicles and high-rail maintenance vehicles and perform operator
level inspections on this equipment.
- Will provide emergency
response and will be called upon to provide support for other areas in regard
to light rail service, special events, trolley, and public safety and service.
- Will assist in an 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.
- Maintain and track documentation
from vendors, contracts and contractors.
- Develop and maintain daily
plan and lead daily activities of a crew related to duties involved in the performance
of track maintenance, inspection, and repair of railroad track structure
compliance with safety procedures
line of communication with customers to meet safety protocols & maintain
accurate records of daily tasks, crew time, job costs, and production reports
- 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
- Participate in internal and external ASP audits.
- Perform other duties as directed
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
knowledge of FRA and APTA regulations and standards
of and ability to use track maintenance tools such as rail drill, rail saw,
tamping, jacks, and hand tools.
- Must be
able to qualify as a track inspector by demonstrating knowledge of track
inspection requirements within a reasonable time frame.
- Ability to formulate ideas and communicate
them clearly, in an oral, written and concise manner to various levels of
management, staff and customers.
- Proficient using Microsoft Office Word and
- Must be detail oriented, efficient and
able to work independently, taking the lead on certain assigned projects.
- Must have a pleasant manner and the
ability to work well with all staff members and the general public.
- Excellent organizational skills with the
ability to multitask in a diverse environment and work with minimal supervision
- Capability to learn new tasks and to
provide support to other staff members.
- Good interpersonal skills
- Capable of working extra hours whenever
to lift and carry up to 100 pounds
to walk, stand, stoop, bend, kneel, and crouch for extended periods of time
- High school diploma or GED
- One or more years of experience in preventative and
corrective track maintenance on a rail system.
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
Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.
You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.
Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to CityHrJobPostingsNotify@ci.charlotte.nc.us.
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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