Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
Job Summary

Supervises personnel in the repair and maintenance of rail track, including its supporting infrastructure, to help ensure a safe track structure for the public.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plans, organizes, and assigns repair and maintenance work of track-related systems and equipment, including roadbeds, ties, rails, frogs, and replacement of track switches in yards and on the mainline
  • Investigates, troubleshoots, and diagnoses track system and equipment problems and develops maintenance procedures
  • Conducts track inspections and reviews and approves track inspection reports
  • Develops and administers preventive maintenance program; maintains tracking system of all repairs and maintenance work performed, inspections, and equipment and system performance
  • Develops and administers staff training programs
  • Enforces safety regulations and instructs subordinates on the use of safety devices and procedures
  • Provides input on design and maintenance of track system for new rail projects to ensure compliance with operational needs and design standards
  • Responds to emergency calls to ensure proper restoration of track following system failures
  • Identifies equipment and materials needed to maintain track system; initiates requisitions for parts, material, equipment, and outside labor procurement necessary to perform designated maintenance
  • Provides flagging assistance during revenue service periods to control local train movement
  • Assists staff with repair and maintenance during revenue service periods
  • Utilizes hand-held radios to effectively communicate with staff and direct equipment during revenue and non-revenue service periods
  • Oversees and implements repairs to equipment and materials, including external vendors and/or other parties who make repairs to revenue and non-revenue service equipment
  • Provides hands-on training to employees utilizing live equipment which supports revenue and non-revenue service periods
  • Organizes, supervises, and provides guidance to subordinates
  • 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)

  • Theories, principles, practices, and procedures of repair and maintenance of rail track
  • Materials and equipment used for track installation, repair and maintenance
  • Inspection methods
  • Standard safety operating procedures for entering and working on track systems
  • Principles of supervision

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

  • Planning, organizing, and monitoring the work of inspection, installation, repair, and maintenance of rail track functions
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing

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

  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Maintain records, logs, and files of activities
  • Interact professionally with various levels of employees and outside representatives
  • Supervise subordinates Read, write, speak, and understand English
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:


  • Associate′s Degree in a related field or equivalent training from a recognized trade school


  • Three years of relevant experience performing installation, repair, and maintenance of rail track facilities and equipment

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Must comply with all California Occupational Safety & Health Act (Cal/OSHA) regulations and utilize approved safety equipment and protective gear "including but not limited" to respirators and/or hearing protective devices (HPD), if and when required

  • Frequent exposure to energized overhead catenary or contact rail power distribution, long-line freight and vehicular traffic

  • Must have normal color vision

  • Overtime, on call, weekend/holiday work required when necessary

  • Valid California Class C Driver License

  • Positions in this job classification are considered safety-sensitive and subject to drug and alcohol testing, including random testing, under Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 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

  • Typical office situation

  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

  • Work on elevated surfaces or below ground level

  • Work on slippery or uneven surfaces

  • Exposure to hostile and armed criminal suspects

  • Exposure to moving machinery and/or vehicles

  • Exposure to radiant or electrical energy (e.g., ionizing radiation, overhead catenary or contact rail power distribution, etc.)

  • 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

  • Work irregular hours, split shifts, weekends, holidays, or 24-hour-a-day on-call assignments

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table

  • Standing

  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')

  • Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping

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

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



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