Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
Job Summary

Under close supervision, operates Metro′s public transit trains to transport passengers.

Train Operator (Full/Time) works a minimum of forty (40) hours per work week.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Operates light and heavy rail train equipment to transport passengers
  • Informs controller personnel of operating status of equipment
  • Performs pre-pull-out inspection of train and track for safety reasons and reports any operational problems
  • Repairs and adjusts equipment as necessary to ensure that the train is in safe operating condition
  • Moves debris or articles from the track when necessary
  • Receives and transmits two-way radio messages to report pull-out and track changes and request clearance for movement
  • Refers to route maps, time schedules, and instructions for alternate routes
  • Effectively communicates with the public and other operators
  • Informs passengers of emergencies or rule violations by loudspeaker or personally if on loading platform; evacuates passengers and escorts them to safety as necessary
  • Instructs student trainees and regular operators learning specific rail line routes
  • Writes reports and completes forms
  • Provides good customer service
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • State and local traffic laws, ordinances, and regulations involved in the operation of rail transit vehicles

  • Rail vehicle safety rules and regulations

  • Basic time concepts

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Operating Metro rail vehicles and equipment safely and efficiently

  • Operating technical equipment

  • Reading switches

  • Recognizing and correcting problems with equipment

  • Exercising sound judgment in decision making and stressful situations

  • Communicating courteously and effectively with people

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Memorize signs, signals, and terminology used for rail transit

  • Evacuate passengers and escort them to safety

  • Work independently in a highly time-structured environment

  • Understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions

  • Decipher and successfully encounter potential hazards on train, tracks, or stations

  • Perceive track alterations from a great distance

  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

  • Lift up to 35 pounds

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • None required


  • Six months of relevant Bus Operator experience for part-time positions or one year of relevant Bus Operator experience for full-time positions

Certification/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Valid California Class C Driver License
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have a good driving record for the past 5 years
  • Must have normal color vision
  • Have no fear of heights
  • Must walk long distances for assistance when necessary
  • Positions in this classification are considered safety sensitive under Federal Transit Administration (FTA) drug and alcohol regulations
Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • High noise environment

  • Work with regular exposure to odors or fumes

  • Work with vibrating equipment

  • Work in awkward or confining/enclosed spaces

  • Exposure to hostile and armed criminal suspects

  • Exposure to moving machinery and/or vehicles

  • Exposure to physical and verbal abuse by clients/customers and/or general public

  • Exposure to outdoor weather including extreme heat, cold, dampness and/or humidity

  • Extensive safety training and/or use of protective devices and personal protective gear

Physical Effort Required

  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')

  • Bending or twisting at the neck, waist and/or knees

  • Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping

  • Moderate lifting or carrying 26-50 lbs.

  • Driving and/or operating heavy equipment

  • Handling by seizing, holding, grasping, or turning hands, but without finger dexterity

  • Using equipment requiring high hand and finger dexterity

  • Communicating through speech in the English language required

  • Good distance vision and/or depth perception to judge distances

  • Color recognition (e.g., distinguishing wires, resistors, containers, light signals, etc.)



Job GroupJob Class CodeFLSA StatusDate OriginatedDate Revised
Contract-SMART (UTU)0859Non-Exempt06-JAN-0309-SEP-20

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.