Valley Metro Traction Power Systems Technician

Start Date: 6/13/23  Compensation: $32.00 - $42.50 Hourly

General Description/Information


Valley Metro is offering a hiring bonus of $5,000.00 Shift differential offered for 2nd and 3rd shifts
(Candidates may be hired above the minimum depending on skills and qualifications.)
The Traction Power Systems Technician performs journey level maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of Valley Metro's overhead catenary system. This position is also responsible for maintenance on power substations along the rail rails system. Valley Metro currently has 28 miles of light rail track in operation  plus 25 substations. Valley Metro streetcar opened in Tempe in May of 2022 and includes 3 miles of track and 3 power substations.

This position is safety sensitive and subject to Valley Metro's Drug & Alcohol Program.

As a member of the Valley Metro’s Maintenance team, demonstrates the Agency’s Core Values of Whatever It Takes, Team Player and Positive Customer Care/Service in performance of daily duties.

Valley Metro exists to Connect Communities and Enhance Lives.

Valley Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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. 

Inspects, tests and repairs overhead lines (catenary), power distribution cables, and electrical substation equipment

Performs inspections and repairs traction power voltage, monitor systems, charging systems, circuit breakers and other electrical substation systems

Troubleshoots, analyzes, and isolates malfunctions, conducting inspections, testing, modifying, maintaining and repairing traction power voltage, monitoring systems, charging systems, circuit breakers and other electrical substation systems

Performs complex repair and troubleshooting; safely using and maintaining hand and power tools and test equipment related to work

Performs preventive maintenance on overhead power and substations

Maintains parts inventory and computer inventory records

Ensures proper safety precautions are followed, particularly around energized circuits

Attends safety and training meetings; participates in emergency preparedness systems

Prepares written reports, documents defects and repairs on inspection forms and work orders

Operates boom, bucket and tower trucks, and other equipment and tools

Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills: 
Knowledge of:
Methods and procedures used to repair and maintain high voltage electrical systems
Theory and principles of electrical and electronic equipment and circuits
Tools and equipment used in testing and repair of electrical and electronic equipment and installation
Principles and practices of electrical construction and installation
Proper tensioning and positioning of catenary wires
Splicing procedures used in electrical work
Preventive maintenance and quality assurance inspection procedures
Applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations governing electrical installations, maintenance, safety and accident prevention
Safety principles, practices and equipment related to work

Skill in:
Reading and interpreting plans, specifications and electronic schematics, diagrams and maintenance manuals
Staying current on all new technologies introduced into the transit industries as relates to electrified rail
Safely operating a variety of trucks, equipment and tools
Preparing written reports, document defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders or computer programs
Maintaining records and preparing clear and concise reports
Reading, understanding and using technical information found in repair manuals, service change bulletins and applicable technical documents, including parts and service manuals
Working independently and safely with AC and DC power
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work

Physical Demands / Work Environment

Physical Demands:
Positions in this class typically require climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Valley Metro complies with ADA/EEOC requirements with respect to reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.

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 Environment:
Must be available to work weekends, holidays, odd and unusual hours.
Work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations.

May work from lift trucks, ladders, and other elevating devices.

Work outdoors in all weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to risk of electrical shock, toxic or caustic chemicals, moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, and intense noise levels.


Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

High School Diploma or GED and
Two (2) years of experience in electrical inspections, maintenance and repair. A successful completion of a recognized apprenticeship program for electricians or a related field.

An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties as those listed below.

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

Shift Differential Pay for 2nd and 3rd shifts.

Position requires the incumbent to successfully pass and maintain ongoing education and training requirements of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in overhead lines and cables and/or high voltage substations
Experience with electrified systems (AC and DC systems)

Medical Examination:
Employment for safety sensitive positions is contingent on passing a physical examination.

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

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Arizona Driver's License

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.