Transit Systems 2023-05-18 2023-06-22

Heavy Equipment Operator I

North County Transit District
Oceanside, California

Job ID: 149566
Job Status: Full-time

Under the direction of the Maintenance of Way Supervisor this position performs maintenance activities within the railroad right-of-way enabling safe and efficient movement of trains along the San Diego and Escondido Subdivisions. This is a bargained position represented by the Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters (Carpenters) Union.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This position involves the safe and efficient operation of various types of construction equipment including but not limited to loaders, backhoes, skid steers, excavators, truck cranes, bulldozers, haul trucks, water trucks, railroad track equipment, on track equipment tampers, regulators, track stabilizers, tie cranes, tie inserters, spike pullers, spike drivers, and speed swings as well as other equipment. When not operating equipment, incumbents also perform physical labor in the maintenance, repair, and modification of tracks system wide. This class is distinguished from the Track Maintainer that the Heavy Equipment Operator I performs physical labor incidental to the primary function of equipment operation.

This position is designated as Safety-Sensitive in accordance with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and will participate in a random testing pool under those guidelines.


Essential Functions
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Safely and effectively operate various types of equipment such as loaders, backhoes, skid steers, excavators, truck cranes, bulldozers, haul trucks, water trucks, railroad track equipment, on track equipment tampers, regulators, track stabilizers, tie cranes, tie inserters, spike pullers, spike drivers., and speed swings.

  • Inspects and maintains trucks and equipment daily including but not limited to any attached apparatuses such as boom, hi-rail gear, tools, etc.

  • Perform inspection, maintenance, and repair on related equipment used in Maintenance of Way activities, as necessary.

  • Follow proper safety and housekeeping procedures pertaining to the job and employees under management.

  • Operates equipment safely and efficiently in accordance with regulations, policies, and procedures.

  • Performs daily equipment safety and maintenance checks, making emergency adjustments as necessary, in accordance with regulatory requirements and NCTD policies, and documentation per daily inspection and repairs reports as requested by company management.

  • Takes actions to avoid potential hazards and obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, and falling objects, this includes Underground Service Alert (USA) mark outs.

  • Performs mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic repairs in the field and/or the shop.

  • Communicates with direct supervisor on daily production, safety issues, and mechanical repairs.

  • Drives machines onto truck trailers.

  • Identifies and reports material and equipment usage and problems.

  • Identifies parts/material needs and process requests in accordance with NCTD policy and procedures.

  • Repair and rebuild railroad track using hand tools and specialized equipment. Specific duties will include tasks such as removing, and replacing ties, pulling and driving spikes, shoveling rock ballast, loading, and unloading equipment and material, repairing, and replacing rail, right of way clearing and cleaning, removing and replacing rail anchors and other various maintenance tasks as may be assigned.

  • Perform railroad track maintenance, repair, and installation.

  • Handle, unload and move track materials and equipment from rail cars, carts, or trucks.

  • Maintain track beds by cutting vegetation and brush when needed, and sweeping, picking, and digging dust from movable track parts.

  • Inspect, clear, and maintain drainage facilities.

  • Remove and replace ballast; tamp ballast; unload or assist in unloading ballast from ballast cars.

  • Safely and effectively operate various types of tools and equipment such as hammers, jacks, and other mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic tools.

  • Observe and inspect the condition of the railroad tracks, track beds and right-of-way for problems or defects per the Federal Railroad Administration and California Public Utilities Commission regulations. Through visual inspections identify broken rails, defective switches, and signals, deteriorating track bed, track obstructions and weather-related problems; check switch points; observe right-of-way and passing trains for shifted loads and spillage.

  • Must be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives cranes, off track equipment and on on-track equipment.

  • Understand and follow NCTD and industry safety rules, practices, and procedures.

  • Wear prescribed safety apparel and personal protective equipment.

  • Complete written forms and reports as required.

  • Perform flagging duties as may be required.

  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety and maintenance.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or GED required. Technical school or apprenticeship program in related field is preferred.

  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to deliver information to coworker(s) and supervisor(s)

  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include: operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)

  • Previous operation of on track equipment preferred.

  • One (1) year Railroad Maintenance of Way work experience preferred.

  • Experience using hand tools, power tools and hydraulic equipment.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.

  • Possess and maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, with less than 6 points in the prior 36 month period and no DUI’s in the prior 7 year period.

  • Maintain compliance with the District’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics.

  • Must be able to become GCOR Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain annual access to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.

  • Must be able to become RWP Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties.

  • Must be able to become qualified on territory and pass physical characteristics examinations.

  • Must be able to become CFR 213 qualified.

General Requirements
  • Must be capable of performing physically strenuous work on a continuous basis.

  • Must be able to read and comprehend regulations and instructions as well as possess good verbal communication skills.

  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors and/or customers and effectively handle conflict situations.

  • Ability to maintain alertness, awareness, and vigilance.
How to Apply
Apply online at

NCTD is an EEO Employer.

When applying, mention you saw this listing on

Transit Job Listing - Heavy Equipment Operator I