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Rail Car Technician Lead #2208-289220-01

Date Opened
Saturday, August 20, 2022 9:30 AM
Close Date
Monday, July 03, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $62,000 - $68,000/Year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 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.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Electro-Mechanic Maintenance 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 give input that contributes to performance evaluations of employees to supervisor. Direct shifts on an as needed basis and performing other duties as required. 
  • Electro-Mechanic Maintenance Lead must have thorough knowledge of the Siemens S70 vehicle and successfully pass a skills and knowledge and hands-on test achieving at least 70%.
  • Directly support continuous implementation and compliance of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) State Safety Oversight Program Standards (SSOPS) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations 49 CFR Part 673 and 672 related to the Safety Management System (SMS) and the CATS Agency Safety Plan (ASP). Support Safety performance goals of CATS.
  • 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.
  • Advocate and promote a strong safety culture within CATS with regard to transportation services, capital programs, facility operations and maintenance, worksite procedures, employees, and customers following SMS and ASP.
  • Participate in internal and external ASP audits.
  • 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.
  • Encourage employees to proactively support and report safety concerns following the CATS Safety Reporting options as described in your training and in the ASP.

Special Pay

  • This position is eligible for participation in CATS RCM Mandatory OT Inspection Program, requiring mandatory Overtime (max of 60 hours per week) and inclusive of:
    • Straight time/overtime pay for salaried positions when performing work exceeding 40hours in a work week.
    • $1,500 monthly retention bonus, and annual lump sum incentive*
  • Position offers Shift Differential Premium (2.5%) increase to base compensation with placement on any 2nd or 3rd shift placement.
  • Position is also eligible to receive CDL Premium (2.5%) increase to base compensation for active CDL holders.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires high school diploma/GED and vocational or military certification for electrical or electronics  training; or an AA degree in electrical/electronic/mechanical engineering; minimum 5 years of experience repairing/maintaining complex electrical, electronic, electro-mechanical, electro-pneumatic, electro-hydraulic systems and their systems down to circuit board level or lowest common parts; maintenance of light rail vehicles preferred. Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a CATS Light Rail Vehicle Electro-mechanic. 
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver's License, Class "C". Completion of CATS inspection, testing and maintenance training and qualification program, to achieve railcar maintenance qualification. Must pass physical examination with drug screen required for job.
  • This position is considered “Safety Sensitive” under FTA guidelines and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.  Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen and criminal background check and able to obtain a city permit.  Must be able to respond to emergencies on a 24/7 basis and work irregular hours, shifts, and holidays. 

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.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

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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