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Rail MOW Maintainer Lead #2301-288320-04

Rail Track Lead

Date Opened
Friday, January 06, 2023 12:30 PM
Close Date
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $61,1300 - $68,770/year (salary to commensurate with experience)
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.

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The Rail Track Maintainer Lead is responsible for the direction of crews involved in the construction, maintenance, and repair of railroad track. Lead, coach and train less tenured staff.  They are required to exercise considerable initiative, independent judgment, and discretion in performing all duties. They are also required to stay informed and up to date of City of Charlotte and CATS policies, rules, and regulations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for preventive maintenance of rails, embedded track, switches/ turnouts, and other track right of way components including, but not limited to special track work/parts, ballast, ties, direct fixation fasteners, rail joints, roadbed drainage, floating slabs, crossing pads, and de-railers.
  • Responsible for removing obstructions such as tree limbs, shrubs, weeds, graffiti, or any other element that may affect rail operations of the appearance of the ROW.
  • Will be required to operate non-revenue vehicles and high-rail maintenance vehicles and perform operator level inspections on this equipment.
  • Will provide emergency response and will be called upon to provide support for other areas in regard to light rail service, special events, trolley, and public safety and service.
  • Will assist in an ongoing track inspection program utilizing a computer-reporting system ensuring equipment meets standards, tolerances, and typical adverse conditions that may affect the movement of track.
  • Maintain and track documentation from vendors, contracts and contractors.
  • Develop and maintain daily operational reports.
  • Develop, plan and lead daily activities of a crew related to duties involved in the performance of track maintenance, inspection, and repair of railroad track structure
  • Enforce compliance with safety procedures
  • Establish line of communication with customers to meet safety protocols & maintain client satisfaction
  • Maintain accurate records of daily tasks, crew time, job costs, and production reports
  • 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.
  • Encourage employees to proactively support and report safety concerns following the CATS Safety Reporting options as described in your training and in the ASP.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties as directed

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Requires knowledge of FRA and APTA regulations and standards
  • Knowledge of and ability to use track maintenance tools such as rail drill, rail saw, tamping, jacks, and hand tools.
  • Must be able to qualify as a track inspector by demonstrating knowledge of track inspection requirements within a reasonable time frame.
  • Ability to formulate ideas and communicate them clearly, in an oral, written and concise manner to various levels of management, staff and customers.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Word and Outlook.
  • Must be detail oriented, efficient and able to work independently, taking the lead on certain assigned projects.
  • Must have a pleasant manner and the ability to work well with all staff members and the general public.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multitask in a diverse environment and work with minimal supervision are essential.
  • Capability to learn new tasks and to provide support to other staff members.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Capable of working extra hours whenever necessary
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 100 pounds
  • Ability to walk, stand, stoop, bend, kneel, and crouch for extended periods of time

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • One or more years of experience in preventative and corrective track maintenance on a rail system. 

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 law.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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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.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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