WHO WE ARE
We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website.
We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
Metro Transit is one of the country's largest transit systems, employs more than 3,000 people, and provides more than 80 million rides a year through an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains, as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike in the Twin Cities
How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region
We are currently recruiting for a Mechanic-Commuter Rail to work at our Big Lake, Minnesota location. 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. This position is a union position and the starting hourly rate is at $26.61. After three years, the rate increases to $ 31.30 per hour.
This posting will establish a six (6) month Eligible List for current and future Mechanic, Commuter Rail openings in 2018.
Metro Transit's Northstar Commuter Rail is a 40-mile transportation corridor that operates through Hennepin, Anoka, and Sherburne counties between downtown Minneapolis and Big Lake, Minnesota
This position is based at the Northstar Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Big Lake, Minnesota.
What you would do in this job:
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.
What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)
Associate's degree from an accredited two-year college or a technical school certification or degree in electronic technology or diesel mechanical repair AND two (2) 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.
High school graduate or GED AND 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.
Other License: Must have a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record as defined by Metro Transit standards.
What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):
AC/DC electrical systems
Associated mechanical systems
Rebuild and overhaul of large diesel vehicles or trains
What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:
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
What you can expect from us:
We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.
More about why you should join us! Additional information:
Union/Grade: Amalgamated Transit Union(ATU / Wage Class 61 (starting pay rate is $26.61 hour)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive: Yes, subject to random DOT drug test.
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.
What steps the recruitment process involves:
We review your minimum qualifications.
Work record evaluation (internal employees)
We rate your education and experience.
We conduct a structured panel interview.
We conduct written and performance assessments (must pass all three tests)
Individuals selected for Commuter Rail Maintenance positions will commit to a minimum of one (1) year of service following successful completion of training per ATU Contract, Article 45, Section 8.
Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:
If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only) and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record.
Must also pass a DOT background check (for the designation /certification of a train service engineer (QMP) A QMP is a Federal designation for someone who is trained and qualified to maintain locomotives and passenger cars).
If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.
If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.
IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.
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 call Human Resources at 612-349-7071
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