MOW Traction Substation Maintainer

Portland Metropolitan Area, Oregon 97202
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The Traction Power Substation Maintainer at TriMet performs skilled work in connection with the inspection, testing, troubleshooting, maintenance, operation, alteration and repair of the TriMet Traction Power substations. Effectively use and operate the tools, computerized diagnostic equipment and field equipment required for the repair and maintenance of Traction Power Substation Equipment. All work performed will be reported electronically by the technician including all aspects of the work performed, travel time and any special conditions encountered and repaired.

Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.

Essential Functions:

1.  Inspect, trouble shoot, adjust, repair and maintain traction power substation equipment.
2.  Maintain maintenance log electronically and record work performed as required by TriMet rules and procedures.
3.  Conduct or assist in special traction electrification system testing as necessary.
4.  Operate various maintenance equipment and tools as necessary.
5.  Support rail system track, signal and overhead wire maintenance in accordance with established procedures and/or as directed by qualified personnel. 
6.  Assist in rerailing operations and other emergency situations.
7.  Assist in spare parts inventory set-up and control.
8.  Assist in the development and update of a maintenance reporting system.


Position Requirements:

A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required.
Five years experience working as an Electrician with experience working in a high voltage (up to 15000-volt) environment.
Two years of training in an accredited trade school electrical program.

Possession of a valid Oregon Class "A" Commercial Driver License (CDL) with air brake endorsement or State of Washington equivalent.
Or any equivalent combination of training or experience.
Upon verification of prior experience, applicant must pass a qualifying examination related to the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria:

Ability to operate District revenue and service vehicles. 

Knowledge of electrical maintenance and repair practices and procedures.

Knowledge of and ability to interpret electrical distribution plans and related drawings.

Knowledge of and ability to use test equipment to diagnose and correct problems in traction power substations. 

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written form. 

Ability to communicate and document effectively, maintain test records, and to assist in developing operating procedures. Ability to work with circuits rated up to 15,000 volts. 

Demonstrated ability to operate the District's radio and telephone communication system in accordance with established regulations and procedures. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management, and the general public. 

Demonstrated ability to maintain a satisfactory level of dependability and reliability for technical work performance, both individually and as a member of a team of technicians. 

Physical ability to perform duties and responsibilities. 

Ability to work weekend, graveyard, swing, or day shifts and attend work on a regular basis. 

Ability to successfully complete certification and recertification training as appropriate. 

Must pass required physical examination with drug screen, and meet the physical activity requirements of the job, including the ability to safely lift up to 75 pounds. 

Ability to perform all essential functions, with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Type of Position/Grade/FLSA: 
Union, Non-Exempt,  Full-Time, Minimum starting wage: $36.60 per hour. Wage will be in accordance with the current Working and Wage Agreement.

Selection Process– Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of:

  1. 1. Application Review/Work Record Review        
    2. Driving Record Review - Upon submitting your application, you are required to submit a DMV report from every state (except Oregon) where you have held a driver's license in the past ten (10) years. Refer to online instructions to download and attach documents to your application or fax documents to (503) 962- 3477 or (503) 503-962-7440.
    3. Verification of High School diploma or GED        
    4. Supplemental Tests        
    5. Panel Interview        
    6. Criminal Background Check / Reference Check        
    7. Drug Screening     
    8. Medical Examination

Supplemental Information:
Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.
Internal applicants: Information in your personnel file will not be used in lieu of information requested on your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

*A work record review process is conducted for each TriMet union employee when they apply for an internal position (including non-union positions) at TriMet. The work record review covers one full year of work history, beginning with the closing date on the job announcement, and reviews time loss, oversleeps, supervisor observation reports (rule violations), and disciplinary actions.

The work record reviews cover a two year work history, beginning with the closing date on the job announcement for preventable accidents.

Note: There may be exceptions to using the closing date on the job announcement for the work record review. Example: Light Rail Vehicle Operator, the work record reviews are conducted prior to each training class.

If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans' preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.

 If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays' notice prior to the need for accommodation.
TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

About TriMet: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon provides bus, light rail and commuter rail service in the Portland Metropolitan region. Our transportation options connect people with their community, while easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution — making our region a better place to live.

Careers@TriMet: Be sure to browse all of our current openings at: 

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