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Rail Car Technician Lead #2406-289220-01

Date Opened
Monday, June 24, 2024 3:00 PM
Close Date
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit


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 Technician Lead will perform inspection, troubleshooting, preventative and corrective maintenance, overhauls and the testing of light rail vehicles (LRV) to diagnose and rectify faults including all mechanical, hydraulic, electrical/electronic systems, and components.

Perform modifications to LRV’s, overhauling of defective components, maintaining shop equipment/tools and instruments, documenting and maintaining all records/log books relative to repair and maintenance work completed.  Conducting operational tests on equipment following completion of modifications or repairs and maintenance ensuring correct and safe operation.

Maintain, troubleshoot and repair light rail vehicle systems such as; propulsion, braking, HVAC, automatic train protection, doors, auxiliary power, power collection, pneumatics and hydraulics, trucks, car body, all maintenance and emergency support equipment.

Will respond to accidents, derailments, rail system emergencies and disabled trains on the mainline and provide any needed support to retrieve rail vehicles and return vehicles back to the maintenance facility.

This position requires decisions making, leadership, accountability for problem solving, monitoring of processes, work assignment and material usage. Individual will provide input on technicians to contribute to performance evaluations of personnel to supervisors. Assist supervisors with assignment of personnel on an as needed basis and performing other duties as required. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs planned maintenance as outlined by the OEM and CATS management.
  • Must provide and maintain the standard tools of the trade. CATS will provide all specialty tools.
  • Follows and adheres to all Rail Car Maintenance standards, policies and procedures applicable to the day-to-day operations of the rail cars and revenue service.
  • Work with all members of the Rail Car Maintenance workforce and all related vocations and departments to provide safe, reliable, and clean rail vehicles ready for daily revenue service.
  • Maintains, troubleshoots and repairs all systems related to rail vehicle systems such as; propulsion, braking, HVAC, automatic train protection, doors, auxiliary power, power collection, pneumatics and hydraulics, trucks, car body, and all maintenance and emergency support equipment using all the necessary tools and equipment to accomplish tasks.
  • Must comply with and meet the Lead Rail Car Technician Expectations
  • Responds to rail system emergencies that involve major service delays and/or serious vehicle accidents. Renders whatever remedial action needed to retrieve rail vehicles back to yard and restore service.
  • Performs acceptance testing and pre-service testing of newly acquired rail vehicles as well as needed multi-system tests as required.
  • Complies with all safety regulations set forth by CATS, OSHA, FTA, FRA, and NCDOT.
  • All other job-related duties as assigned.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Candidates must pass a written exam to demonstrate knowledge.
  • Candidates must pass an oral test and interview to be considered for employment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of preventative and corrective maintenance practices.
  • Ability to perform testing, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of electronic, electrical, electro-mechanical, and mechanical systems.
  • Must be able to read, follow, and utilize electrical, electronic, mechanical, and pneumatic schematics and drawings.
  • Follow oral and written instructions with minimal supervision.
  • Safely operate a variety of standard and specialized hand tools and shop power equipment.
  • PC skills, including all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and the ability to attain a North Carolina driver's license within the timelines outlined by CATS and the City of Charlotte, NC, the USA, at the start of employment. NOTE: See Special Provisions.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry at least 60 lbs.
  • Must be able to manipulate 100 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand and walk on uneven surfaces while working.
  • Must be able to work while in the following positions or conditions: sitting, bending, twisting, kneeling, reaching, crouching, lying down prone or supine, at shoulder level or above, or any combination listed above.
  • Must be able to work at heights on platforms and man lifts.
  • Must be able to work in pits and under lifted heavy equipment.
  • Must be able to work in all required Personal Protective Equipment and Safety gear.
  • Must be able to work in the assigned uniform approved by CATS.

Sensory Requirements:

NOTE: Employees must have the following sensory requirements:

  • Speech
  • Touch
  • Hearing
  • Vision-20/20 or correctable to 20/20 (near, distance and peripheral)

Special Provisions:

  • This position is considered “Safety Sensitive” under FTA guidelines.  Candidates/ Employees must pass pre-employment drug test and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing under FTA guidelines.
  • Candidates must pass a 9-month probationary period.
  • Candidates may be required to acquire and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License depending upon the needs of CATS.
  • Disclaimer: This position description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

High school graduation or equivalent and five years relevant work experience


Associate's Degree and three years relevant work experience


$62,964 - $78,705/ year (salary commensurate with experience)

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.

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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.

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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