Mechanic Commuter Rail
Metropolitan Council - Minnesota

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Recruitment Type: Open Competitive: The following position is open to internal and external applicants.

Numer of Vacancies: Two

Metro Transit is one of the country's largest transit systems, providing 90% of the bus and rail rides taken annually in the seven county metro area.

The Northstar Commuter Rail is a 40-mile transportation corridor that operates through Hennepin, Anoka, and Sherburne counties, following highway 10, which is the primary direct link between downtown Minneapolis and Big Lake, Minnesota. Mainline operation will be crewed and operated by BNSF from Big Lake to Minneapolis over BNSF owned right-of-way. The fleet maintenance facility is located in Big Lake, Minnesota .

The Mechanic Commuter Rail provides the maintenance skills necessary to maintain mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems of the commuter rail trains in a timely and safe manner for a safe reliable operation.

Examples of Duties:
Performs maintenance and repair of all component systems of commuter rail fleet and support equipment for the facility.
Operates commuter rail equipment and support equipment within the confines of the maintenance yard.
Completes required documentation for maintenance records.
Performs schematic and blueprint reading and electrical/electronic chart recording interpretation.
Performs record-keeping of computer data entry related to mechanical repairs/maintenance.
Rebuilds commuter rail fleet and equipment components.
Attends safety and training meetings and participates in emergency preparedness exercises.
Performs other related duties apparent or assigned to this position.

Education and Experience:
Associate's degree from an accredited two-year college or a technical school certification or degree in electronic technology or diesel mechanical repair.
Two years experience in the maintenance and repair of large engines and the installation, maintenance or repair of electro-mechanical systems on buses, trucks, autos, trains, aircrafts or ships.
Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
Equivalency: High school graduate or GED. A minimum of four (4) years experience in the maintenance and repair of large engines, and in installation, maintenance or repair of electro-mechanical systems on buses, trucks, autos, trains, aircrafts or ships. And, a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Basic knowledge of AC/DC electrical systems, principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry, associated mechanical, HVAC, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems, testing and inspections methods/tools, and basic welding skills.
Skilled in problem solving and decision making.
Skilled in maintenance repair, troubleshooting, and rebuild and overhaul of large diesel vehicles or trains.
Skilled in analyzing malfunctions in the electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems of the equipment and determining the repair required
Skilled in performing electrical fabrication and assembly tasks.
Must be able to attain (with training provided by Metro Transit) and maintain certification of train service engineer and designation of QMP (Qualified Maintenance Person). QMP is a Federal designation for someone who is trained and qualified to maintain locomotives and passenger cars.
Ability to perform basic computer skill operation in Microsoft Word and Excel and using the internet.
Ability to understand, interpret and apply laws rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Ability to exercise good judgment and creativity in making decisions and recommendations.
Ability to maintain accurate records and correctly use shop test equipment.
Ability to work independently and be able to interact professionally with various levels of Metro Transit employees and outside representatives.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages and the ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Supplemental Information:
Union/Grade: ATU/Wage Class 61
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive: Yes

Work Environment:
This position has exposure to extreme weather conditions where there is no effective protection from the weather, inside environmental conditions where there is protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from unpredictable changes, loud noises, exposure to hazards such as proximity to moving equipment, electrical current, compressed air, chemicals, exhaust fumes and vibration. Some travel between primary worksite to other sites is required. This position may have variable shift hours. Physical Environment: Regularly required to sit for long periods, stand/walk occasionally, speak, hear normal conversation and telephone ring tones, operate a computer and other office equipment, and must have adequate close vision for reading and computer work. Must meet physical requirements mandated by FRA for locomotive engineer certification (sight, hearing, etc.). Must be able to climb a ladder, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl, reach with hands/arms frequently below chest and overhead and frequently lift up to fifty (50) pounds and occasionally up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance of applicable equipment or other employees.

Selection Process: Candidates will be referred to the hiring supervisor for consideration based on the results of the following assessment process:
Review of education, work history and supplemental questions and how they relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities
Work record evaluation
Written and performance testing
Oral interview exam Individuals selected for Commuter Rail Maintenance positions will commit to a minimum of two (2) years of service following the successful completion of training.

All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a pre-employment drug screen and a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis. Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate's ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at 612-349-7558.

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