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Traction Power Technician will perform complex and specialized troubleshooting,
preventative and corrective maintenance, and repairs of traction power
substations and overhead contact system and their associated sub-systems. The
traction power equipment includes, but is not limited to, high voltage AC/DC
switch gear, rectifiers, transformers, breakers, and active disconnect devices
and interlocks. The overhead contact system includes but is not limited to
aerial 500mcm wires tensioned at 3000 lbs. and associated hardware such as poles,
fasteners, hangers, arms, insulators, disconnect switches, feeder cables,
trolley frogs, and gliders. The Traction Power Technician will be responsible
for assuring that all equipment is working and aligned properly to prevent
damage to system and rail vehicles. This position requires working on live high
voltage equipment, utilizing tension rigging and operating specialized service
vehicles on an active rail system. The Traction Power Technician will provide
emergency response and will be called upon to provide support for other areas
in regard to light rail service, special events, streetcar, public safety and
service. This position will require working on a rotating on call basis in addition to
being subject to being called in at any time 24/7.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
- Works with other
members of the systems maintenance workforce and all related vocations to
provide safe and reliable equipment for daily revenue service.
- Responds to rail
system emergencies that involve major service delays and/or serious equipment
failures. Renders whatever remedial actions are needed to restore revenue
- Follows and
adheres to all systems standards, policies and procedures applicable to the
day-today operations of revenue service.
- Complies with
and enforces all safety regulations set forth by CATS, FRA, OSHA, IEEE, FTA,
- Prepares reports
- Assists in
generating comprehensive operational and maintenance procedures that ensure
safety to employees and equipment.
computer-based maintenance and material management system.
- Assists in OJT
training of other rail personnel when instructed by supervisor.
- Works cohesively
with internal and external CATS, City, contractors, vendors, and utility
companies to restore equipment to proper work conditions
- 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
- All other job related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Ability to repair and maintain complex digital, electrical, electronic, and
electro-mechanical systems and their components
- Must have the
ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
- Must have the
ability to document work on logs, spreadsheets, documents and forms as well as
utilizing computerized maintenance terminals, personal, laptop and handheld
- Must be computer
literate and have the ability to adapt to the use and understanding of existing
software and future upgrades.
- Must be able to
troubleshoot to the lowest replaceable component
- Must have the
ability to capably use all tools of the trade as well as standard shop
successfully complete all training assignments and maintain qualifications
- Ability to lift
and carry at least 50 lbs. - 100 lbs.
- Ability to sit,
bend, twist, reach, kneel, and crouch for an extended period of time
- Ability to work
at and above shoulder level with or without the use of a ladder
- Must be able to
work in all required Personal Protective Equipment and Safety gear
- Must be able to
pass a written test to demonstrate knowledge in regards to areas related to the
troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of complex traction power substation
and OCS components.
Associates degree or certification in electrical engineering
or electrical technology
High school diploma or equivalent with proof of completion of
electrical/electronics training school, or electrical/electronics training in
the US Armed Forces
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.
This position is considered a security and Safety
Sensitive position and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing under
FTA guidelines as well as all procedures and guidelines in alignment with the
City of Charlotte and CATS Drug and Alcohol Policies
The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19
vaccination as a condition of employment. The City is an Equal Opportunity
Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How To Apply
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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.
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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.
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