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Rail Car Maintenance Training Specialist #2310-204200-03

Date Opened
Thursday, October 26, 2023 9:39 AM
Close Date
Sunday, December 10, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $68,082 - $85,103/year (salary commensurate with experience)


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 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 Rail Car Maintenance Training Specialist facilitates, and coordinates training activities related to both the classroom and hands-on situations related to the theory, operation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of light rail vehicles including the repair of electrical/electronic components, truck overhaul, wheel truing, air conditioning, heating, air brake systems, and other related repairs.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Tests, inspects, maintains, troubleshoots, repairs, and operates high voltage electrical systems, including, but not limited to, transformers, switching stations, underground switches and equipment, distribution lines, circuit breakers, relays, substations, control panels, and building systems.
  • Analyzes and solves problems with various high-voltage electrical controls and systems, electromechanical repairs, transformers, switches, and circuit breakers.
  • Interprets schematics, prints, and oral instructions for high-voltage electrical applications.
  • Uses testing equipment, including but not limited to DMMs, amp meters, Megger meters, High Voltage Tester, and an array of tools and diagnostic equipment.
  • Instructs and performs preventative maintenance following methods and procedures to eliminate operating problems and improve outcomes.
  • Provides technical guidance and training to employees, apprentices, and interns.
  • Provides technical guidance and training for other Operations crafts.
  • Consult with other supervisors and departments to coordinate all light rail vehicle instructional activities.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • As a 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.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general technical manuals, procedures, diagrams, schedules, and governmental regulations.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Inspect and report on the quality of vehicle maintenance work.
  • Work independently with limited supervision
  • Work odd and unusual hours as assigned.
  • Ability to obtain Class B CDL within 18 months of employment

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • Training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, knowledge of the theory, operation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of light rail vehicles including the repair of electrical/electronic components, truck overhaul, wheel truing, air conditioning, heating, air brake systems, and other related repairs.

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.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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.

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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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