Transit Systems 2022-06-16 2022-07-21

Maintenance Instructor - Light Rail

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
San Jose, California

Job ID: 143619
Job Status: Full-time

Under general supervision, the Maintenance Instructor - LR trains and supervises maintenance personnel in the proper service, repair and maintenance of light rail vehicles and related vehicle systems, use and maintenance of vehicle test equipment, shop tools, and equipment; coordinates vendor and on-the-job training; and develops and delivers professional training plans, course materials, and curricula.

Classification Bargaining Unit: AFSCME

Essential Job Functions

Typical Tasks

  • Plans, organizes and teaches classes for maintenance personnel on the proper use of the computerized maintenance management information system;

  • Plans, develops, organizes, and conducts training for maintenance personnel in proper service, repair and maintenance of light rail vehicles, catenary, sub-station, signals and track in accordance with VTA policies and procedures;

  • Plans, organizes and teaches classes for maintenance personnel on the safe and proper handling of high voltage;

  • Develops and teaches classes in safe and proper repair, troubleshooting, and maintenance of light rail vehicle systems including electrical/electronic components, truck overhaul, wheel truing, air conditioning, heating, air brake systems, and other related repairs;

  • Develops and implements training programs on new vehicles, equipment, and methods;

  • Prepares and assembles clear and concise tests, lesson plans and course curricula, visual and mechanical aides, and written materials supplementing oral and hands-on instruction;

  • In consultation with shop supervision, evaluates the work of maintenance personnel for training purposes and recommends training needed;

  • In consultation with Employee Services, develops testing for the purpose of evaluating job applicants for maintenance employment;

  • May perform vehicle inspection tasks for quality assurance purposes;

  • Prepares correspondence, reports, procedures, and maintains records;

  • May represent VTA at disciplinary hearings;

  • Conducts needs assessments and analysis, and acts as a resource to maintenance management on safety, technical proficiency, and productivity issues;

  • Consults with engineering, warranty, safety, environmental, materials, transportation, and other training staff in the development of training programs and standard operating procedures;

  • Develop and deliver training and certification programs in compliance with federal state and local laws and regulations;

  • Assists in developing, coordinating, and evaluating the delivery of vendor technical and/or maintenance training programs;

  • Supervises maintenance personnel attending training classes, may provide discipline to maintenance personnel, and may supervise clerical or support staff;

  • Stays current on new technologies and methods in light rail maintenance and WPS;

  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Employment Standards
Sufficient training, education, and experience which demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks and the possession of the following knowledge and abilities.
  • One year of supervisory or lead experience preferred.

  • Development of the required skills, knowledge and abilities is typically obtained through training, education and experience equivalent to five (5) years as a journey-level mechanic or technician working with catenary, sub-station, signals, track maintenance, and/or light rail vehicle repair or five (5) years teaching light rail maintenance, electronics, or mechanical skill areas.

  • Possession of a valid California driver's license and the ability to qualify for and maintain a Class B license.

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of organization, training, motivation, supervision, and personnel management;

  • Principles and techniques of curriculum planning, testing, and training program development;

  • Theory, operation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of light rail vehicles including the repair of electrical/electronic components, truck overhaul, wheel truing, air conditioning, heating, air brake systems, and other related repairs;

  • Theory operation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of light rail catenary, signals and track, including the repair of electrical/electronic components;

  • Principles of electricity, electronics, and digital circuits;

  • Effective methods of using audio/visual equipment and other training aids and materials;

  • Theory and practice of safe arc, acetylene, and MIG/TIG welding;

  • Industrial safety and general shop safety rules and regulations and hazardous materials handling and storage regulations as applied to light rail maintenance shops;

  • Principles of quality assurance, including preventative maintenance;

  • Theory, operation, and use of computers and computerized diagnostic and test equipment.

Ability to:
  • Work off shift and odd hours as assigned;

  • Provide effective training to maintenance personnel in light rail maintenance practices, theory and skill, incorporating new methods, technology and approaches as appropriate;

  • Develop clear, concise and effective curricula, schedules, course materials, audio/visual aids, administrative, and technical procedures;

  • Make effective presentations;

  • Provide effective hands on training in a high voltage environment;

  • Supervise, train, counsel, and take effective action to correct performance problems of subordinate maintenance and support personnel as assigned;

  • Plan, schedule, prioritize, and organize the work of a maintenance shop for optimal effectiveness and efficiency of production while meeting established standards and deadlines;

  • Stay current on and master new technologies and methods in light rail maintenance;

  • Prepare and administer effective written, oral, and practical tests;

  • Inspect and report on the quality of maintenance work;

  • Interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, and labor contract provisions;

  • Prepare correspondence, reports, and analyze data with recommendations;

  • Estimate parts needs, repair costs, and shop supply requirements;

  • Work independently;

  • Establish and maintain a productive and motivational training environment in and out of the classroom, and cooperative and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

General Instructions
Please read this entire job announcement before applying for the position. Print and keep a copy of this announcement so that you can refer to it. Questions not answered within this job announcement may be sent to

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be submitted online to the Human Resources department by the stated closing time and date posted. When the stated closing date is “continuous,” apply immediately; the position may close without notice.

You will receive an immediate email confirming receipt of your submitted application. If you do not receive this email, contact NEOGOV's Applicant Assistance Line at (855) 524-5627 between 8:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Only on-line applications will be accepted for this recruitment (paper applications or resumes will not be accepted). Job Interest Notification Cards, or copies of previous, partial, or un-submitted applications, are not an acceptable substitute to a completed application.

ALL APPLICATION AND TESTING NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT BY E-MAIL. Applicants should select e-mail as the preferred method of notification. Candidates must maintain an up-to-date, valid and reliable e-mail address. Candidates are also responsible for maintaining up-to-date phone numbers and addresses on their on-line account. Due to the number of applications received, candidates must check their application status through their on-line account. Contact NeoGov for assistance if needed.

Information on how to apply for jobs at the VTA is available on the VTA Employment website and from the NEOGOV's Applicant Assistance Line (855) 524-5627. NeoGov Applicant support is available from 8:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodations
The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities.

Application Processing Information
All related current and past work experience (including VTA experience) must be listed and fully described in the Work Experience section of the application ("See Resume" is not acceptable). Incomplete or improperly completed online applications may be rejected even if you are qualified for the position for which you are applying. It is your responsibility to ensure that the online application reflects the work experience and education needed to meet the requirements for the position you are applying for. Although your resume may have all your experience and education details, please make sure to complete each section of the online application to ensure that your information is accurately captured during our screening process.

Important: Proof of Education, either as a copy of a diploma or transcript, is required to verify all educational units listed on your application. Official transcripts are not necessary. Copies of diplomas, degrees, transcripts, or foreign transcript evaluations must be attached to the submitted application as a pdf.

Note: Failure to provide all of the required documents in the appropriate format (pdf ONLY), and properly labeled as shown in the example (for example: Smith_J BS Diploma), will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.

Note: Applicants holding degrees or credentials from outside the United States who are using these qualifications exclusively to qualify for a position are required to provide a foreign transcript evaluation as a pdf and properly labeled as shown above. Failure to provide a foreign transcript evaluation will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.

All applications are subject to review as to meeting minimum qualifications at any point in the recruitment process. Passing any step is no guarantee of continuation if it is determined that the applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the class specification.

Candidates found to have exaggerated/falsified their qualifications, experience, training, and/or education may be disqualified at any point in the recruitment process and may be denied future employment with the VTA.

If selected for the position, candidates will be required to complete a criminal conviction disclosure form. Candidates who successfully become VTA employees, and fail to disclose any of the criminal background information as required may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge.

Eligible Lists typically remain in effect for six (6) months. However, Human Resources may abolish Eligible Lists at any time during the six (6) month period. Human Resources may extend eligible Lists for up to two (2) years. Eligible Lists may be used for more than one recruitment. If you have questions related to an Eligible List you might be on or were on, you should contact Human Resources.

If you have questions regarding your status as an applicant for this position, please call the Human Resources Department at (408) 321-5575 or email at

VTA is an equal employment opportunity employer. VTA does not and will not tolerate discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age, ancestry, color, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, race, religion, creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, medical condition, disabled veteran or veteran status, etc.

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