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Rail Maintenance Of Way Supervisor-Track #2405-288100-02

Rail Track Maintenance Supervisor

Date Opened
Friday, May 10, 2024 12:45 PM
Close Date
Friday, May 24, 2024 12:30 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $71,486 -$89,358/year


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The Rail Track Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for developing plans, programs and large-scale maintenance projects that will ensure all preventive maintenance, inspections, troubleshooting, and repairs are completed.  These plans,  programs and projects are performed to ensure that the general maintenance of track (rail), embedded track, switches/turnouts, yards and other track right of way (ROW) components remain in a state of good repair.  This will include but is not limited to special track work/parts, rail, ballast, ties, direct fixation fasteners, rail joints, roadbed drains, floating slabs, crossing pads, and de-railers. This position reports directly to the Manager of Maintenance of Way OCS/Track (MOW).

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and assist staff with the following: removing obstructions such as tree limbs, shrubs, weeds, graffiti, or any other element that may affect rail operations or the appearance of the ROW
  • Will be required to operate non-revenue vehicles and high-rail maintenance vehicles and perform specific maintenance on this equipment.
  • Maintain all related records and reports of work production, procurement, usage of materials labor and resource allocation.  
  • Will provide supervisory direction in emergency responses and will be called upon to provide support for other areas regarding light rail service, special events, streetcar, 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.
  • Must be able perform all duties as required.

  • 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. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Must have a direct and comprehensive knowledge of either Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) or American Public Transportation Association (APTA) regulations and industry standards.

  • Knowledge of safe use and ability to use track maintenance tools such as rail drill, rail saw, tamping, jacks, and hand tools.
  • Must be able to manage and supervise and direct staff of employees.
  • Must be able to comply with all safety regulations set forth by CATS, OSHA, FTA, FRA, and NCDOT as they apply to CATS Light Rail Transit (LRT).  

Preferred Qualification

  • Two (2) years of supervisory and/or managerial experience 

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduation or equivalent and seven years relevant work experience or associate degree earned from an accredited college or technical school in Civil, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or related field with five (5) years of experience in preventative and corrective track maintenance on an electrified rail transit system or class I Railroad.

  • Must have a valid Class "A" CDL license or be able to obtain. 
  • Must pass a pre-employment DOT physical and drug test.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a City Driving permit

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

Apply online.

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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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