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Track Maintainer


The Track Maintainer is part of the Maintenance of Way department. The Track Maintainer is responsible for the professional maintenance and repair of the rail system track and right-of-way. This position reports to a Maintenance of Way supervisor. 

Typical duties included repair of rail system track and right-of-way, inspections of track alignment, and operation of vehicles, tools, and equipment. Valley Metro's light rail system currently consists of 28 miles of track with additional track extensions currently under construction plus the Tempe Street Car alignment.

Valley Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent and two (2) years of experience as a maintenance laborer including experience performing repairs, inspections, operating heavy duty equipment, power and non-power hand tools, and crane equipment.

OR an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential job duties of the position will be considered.

Must be available to work weekends, holidays, overtime, and odd and unusual hours; may be called in on day-off to respond to emergencies.

Medical Examination:
Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment physical examination.

Background Investigation:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.

Safety Sensitive
Employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment drug testing and will be subject to random, post accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty, and follow up testing. 

Licenses and Certifications:
Incumbent is required to have a CDL Class B permit upon hire and license within 90 days of hire, and maintain a current valid Arizona Commercial Driver's License (Class B) with Air Brake endorsement. Position requires the ability to maintain insurability under Valley Metro's Vehicle Insurance Policy. 

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills

The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time. 

Performs intensive manual labor involving all aspects of track maintenance;

Repairs tracks, turnouts, and at-grade crossings, mechanical and hydraulic systems on rail inspection and recordings, replacement of concrete or timber ties, turnouts, and track fastenings;

Makes necessary inspections, repairs, and cleans, lubricates any and all rail and rail appurtenances to include, but not limited to, switches, frogs, and grade crossings;

Paints, repairs curbing along the guide way;

Performs daily walking inspections of track alignment to include uneven, irregular terrain as it pertains to ditches, hillsides, and embankments;

Work scheduled off-hours shifts, including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Operates hi-rail vehicles, small cranes, and other vehicles used in track maintenance inspection and recording;

Operates Valley Metro vehicles, tools, and equipment in a safe and proper manner;

Performs cutting, drilling, grinding, and welding functions of rail and track components;

Assists in ensuring that spare parts are available to carry out track maintenance;

Assisting in track surfacing, alignment and gauging operations, and responds to emergency situations;

Attends safety training and participates in on-going training related to the position;

Maintains maintenance records and prepares reports;

Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge of:
General railway safety practices;
Standards and practices for track maintenance, inspections, repairs, and associated hardware;
Manuals, procedures, parts catalog and other pertinent documentation
Familiar with the special requirements of signalized, electrified rail system;
Proper use of personal protective equipment in rail maintenance as related to drilling, cutting, grinding and welding.

Skill in:
Following directions with minimal supervision;
Operating hand and power tools;
Operating telephone communications system;
Ability to pay close attention to detail, ensuring safety in work and rail operations;
Ability to stay alert and aware of surrounding operating environment;
Ability to read and understand safety labels and operating instructions;
Ability to use prudent judgment and problem solving skills to make reasonable and appropriate decisions and recommendations that ensures the safety of operations;
Ability to complete all necessary reports and work orders in a legible and timely manner;
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships;
Ability to efficiently manage time and workload, which includes planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following-through on a variety of tasks, assignments, projects, and reports.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, which can include working various days, hours, and shifts;
Ability to stand and sit for an extended length of time and walk long distances for long periods of time on uneven terrain to include railroad ballast.

Physical Demands / Work Environment

Positions in this class typically require climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbent must perform heavy manual labor, frequently lifting up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds with the assistance of applicable equipment or other employees.

Work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations.

Work outdoors in all weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noise levels.

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