Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
Job Summary
Supervises rail maintenance personnel in the inspection, maintenance, repair, and operation of rail transit vehicles to help ensure smooth day-to-day operations and safety.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plans, organizes, schedules, and assigns preventive and corrective maintenance work to technical personnel on the designated shift
  • Develops rail vehicle equipment inspection, testing, and acceptance procedures and prepares detailed reports and correspondence related to equipment acquisition, warranty programs, specifications, modifications, reconstruction, emergency response, and overall results
  • Monitors compliance of both vehicles and staff with safety codes, regulations, and policies
  • Oversees and assists in the development and maintenance of computerized and manual operational records
  • Diagnoses persistent equipment problems and develops maintenance solutions
  • Develops new procedures for maintenance of equipment and improvement of equipment reliability
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Responsible for the day-to-day elements of the project budget(s)
  • Some positions may require travel to out-of-state manufacturing sites
  • Supervises subordinates
  • Accounts for subordinates and personal compliance with all of Metro′s safety rules, polices, and procedures
  • 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, and practices of repair and maintenance of transit rail vehicles and electronic/ electrical subsystems
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transportation policies, OSHA, and other safety and environmental issues related to vehicle maintenance
  • Sources of supply and manufacturing techniques
  • Electrical safety
  • Quality control standards
  • Shop mathematics
  • Principles of supervision
  • Applicable business software applications

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)
  • Planning, organizing, and monitoring work of a rail equipment maintenance work unit
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and labor/management agreements
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret complex data
  • Construct equipment testing processes and equipment
  • Supervise assigned staff
  • Travel to offsite locations
  • 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 Electrical Engineering, Electronics, or a related field, or equivalent training from a recognized trade school

  • Three years of relevant journey-level experience performing rail equipment maintenance and repair

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements
  • May be required to work irregular hours, nights, weekends when necessary, and respond to emergencies on a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week basis
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Standing
  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')
  • 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.)


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