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Rail MOW Maintainer #2405-288300-01

Signals Maintainer

Date Opened
Thursday, May 30, 2024 3:00 PM
Close Date
Friday, June 28, 2024 3:00 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $57,109-$71,387/year


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 MOW Maintainer (Signals), under minimal supervision will perform complex and specialized troubleshooting (both electrical and mechanical), preventative 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, signals. The Rail MOW Maintainer (Signals) will be responsible for inspecting and assuring that all equipment is working as designed.

This position requires the ability to perform testing and troubleshooting of specialized electrical and electro-mechanical equipment down to the lowest replaceable unit. The Rail MOW Maintainer (Signals) 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. Must be available to work irregular hours and shifts depending upon the needs of CATS. Must be available to respond to emergencies on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis.

Employees must maintain flexible availability to cover a range of shifts including holidays, nights, and weekends, during both their training period and when assigned to permanent shifts.

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

  • Provide safe and reliable signaling equipment for daily revenue service
  • Responds to rail system incidents and works to mitigate service delays and/or recover from any equipment failures
  • Take action 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 revenue service
  • Complies with and enforces all safety regulations set forth by CATS, FRA, OSHA, IEEE, FTA, and NCDOT
  • Prepares reports and correspondence as it relates to various maintenance and inspections. Assist in generating comprehensive operational and maintenance procedures that ensure safety to employees and equipment
  • Utilizes computer-based maintenance and material management system
  • Work cohesively with CATS and other City departments, as well as external contractors and utility companies
  • 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
  • All other job-related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to repair and maintain complex digital, electrical, electronic, and electro-mechanical systems and their components
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively and orally and in writing.
  • Must have the ability 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 troubleshoot to the lowest replaceable component.
  • Must have the ability to capably use all tools of the trade as well as standard shop equipment.  Must successfully complete all training assignments and maintain qualifications where required.
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 50 lbs.-100 lbs.
  • Ability to sit, bend, twist, reach, kneel, and crouch for an extended period of
  • Ability to work at and above shoulder level with or without the use of a ladder
  • Must be able to work in all required Personal Protective Equipment and Safety gear
  • Must be able to pass a written test to demonstrate knowledge in regards to areas related to the Signals position

Preferred Qualification

  • Associate degree or certification in electrical engineering or electrical technology. Five (5) years of relevant experience in light rail, transit, or Class one rail signaling systems

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 3 years of relevant work experience in electrical and/or electronics, light rail, transit, or class 1 rail signaling systems
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class B
  • 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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