Metropolitan Council

Traction Power Maintainer

Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility, Minneapolis, Minnesota
$24.62 - $35.17 Hourly
Jan 16, 2013
Aug 22, 2014
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time
Recruitment Type: Open Competitive (internal and external applicants).

Metro Transit is one of the country's largest transit systems, providing roughly 95 percent of the 73 million bus trips taken annually in the Twin Cities. Each weekday customers board Metro Transit buses and trains an average of 240,000 times. The Hiawatha light rail division consists of a fleet of 27 light-rail cars. It operates on 24 miles of track serving 34 stations. The line operates between downtown Minneapolis, the airport, and ends at the largest shopping mall in America, the Mall of America.
Soon to be extended to St.Paul.

We are seeking to hire a Traction Power Maintainer. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining overrhead catenary systems and their individual components to the highest applicable standards; maintains traction power systems including substations and to provide a safe and reliable service to the riding public; and maintains power distribution equipment for Maintenance of Way (MOW) building, tunnel and passenger stations.

Example Duties

·         Installs, inspects, maintains, repairs and provides diagnostic analysis for all components of the electric traction power systems and all LRT facilities, power distribution systems, and track switch heaters, including but not limited to substations, negative power cable(s) return to substations, catenary systems and related equipment.

·         Responds to service calls to diagnose and correct emergencies involving the electric traction systems. Installs, inspects, maintains and provides diagnostic analysis for electrical support systems at all LRT facilities, energizes and de-energizes traction power systems, and applies grounding systems for a safe work area. 

·         Operates light rail vehicle as required to accommodate maintenance activities.

·         Works on both overhead and underground equipment operating both on the road and on rail vehicles and equipment associated with the maintenance and repair of the electrical traction power system.

·         Communicates via two-way radio and/or telephone to Rail Control Center to coordinate maintenance requirements.

·         Completes various paperwork to include incident reports, maintenance and inspection records, and daily logs.

·         Operates heavy-duty trucks and tow trailers to move heavy equipment such as spools of wire, and use truck-mounted cranes to lift heavy equipment, materials and complete repairs to the systems.

·         Performs chemical type welding functions to include cable to rail bonding,

·         Trains and directs work of apprentice.

·         Performs other duties as assigned.



    • Associates/Vocational Degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Repair and Installations.
    • Two (2) years of experience as a fully qualified Journeyman or Master Electrician or Journeyman Lineman with proof of licensure, performing maintenance of high voltage systems; or a four (4) years of experience (in lieu of degree) as a fully qualified journeyman or master electrician, or a journeyman lineman with proof of licensure, performing maintenance of high voltage systems.

License Requirement: 

    • Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record.  
    • Ability to get class “A” commercial driver’s license with combination vehicle, air brake, general knowledge, and pre-trip within twenty-one (21) days of hire. Bring written permits on first day of hire. Training and testing, provided. Class A CDL license will be issued upon passing of road test.
    • Minnesota Class A Journeyman Electrical license, Class A Master's license, or Class A Journeyman Lineman's license. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Extensive knowledge of the principles of electrical distribution, sub-transmission, an of operation, construction, repair and maintenance of distribution and sub-transmission lines, cables, transformers, rectifiers, and related equipment
    • Knowledge of AC/DC electrical systems, principals of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuit and associated mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic system testing and inspection
    • Knowledge of the tools, practices, and terminology of the linemen trades; safety precautions; and of electrical theory as applied to 13.8 kV AC distribution systems and 750 VDC overhead catenary systems
    • Knowledge of troubleshooting; power distribution systems; facilities power distribution systems, equipment, electronics and relay control logic
    • Ability to read blueprints and schematics for electrical and electronic control
    • Ability to perform the duties of the job safely, efficiently and in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations without direct supervision, including the ability to operate required vehicles or equipment.

Supplemental Information
Union/Grade: ATU/Grade 87
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive:  Yes, subject to random DOT drug test.

Work Environment:
This position requires working in wet or hot, humid non-weather conditions, and in high precarious places.  Also required to work in outdoor weather conditions to include extreme cold along with a risk of electrical shock.

Physical Requirements:
This position may require standing, walking, talking or hearing using hands to finger, handle or feeling and reaching with hands and arms, lifting up to fitfy pounds (50) pounds. In addition this position works near moving parts or equipment, in the presence of fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibrations.  Must have color vision. May have to lift up to 100 pounds with assistance.

Selection Process

Candidates will be referred to the hiring supervisor for consideration based on the results of the following assessment process:

  • Education and experience rating (review of application materials)
  • Meeting license requirements 
  • Structured Interview 
  • Pass a physical agility examination
  • Work Record Evaluation
  • Conditional Offers:  All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check which includes verification of education, a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screen.  Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

    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 candidates' 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 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 Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612-349-7558.

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