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

Track Maintainer

North County Transit District
Oceanside, California

Job ID: 149571
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
Safely and efficiently perform duties relating to inspection, maintenance, repair and improvement of the track structure and other railroad property/facilities. Operate and maintain equipment. Transport crew and equipment to/from jobsite. 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:

  • Perform railroad track maintenance, repair, and installation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perform various tasks in the maintenance of NCTD Right of Way including, but not limited to, fence repair, graffiti removal, trash pickup, and debris removal.

  • Perform maintenance and repair to NCTD’s bridge structures including, but not limited to, rail, ties, ballast deck, open deck, retaining walls, walkways, approaches.

  • 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 the condition of the railroad tracks, track beds and right-of-way for problems or defects. 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.

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

  • Preferred CFR 49 213 Part A – F qualification.
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 preceding 36 month period and no DUIs in the preceding 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
  • Be qualified on territory and pass physical characteristics examinations.

  • 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.

  • Working knowledge of and familiarity with equipment such as tampers, regulators, torches, hammers, jacks, and other mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic tools.

  • Ability to perform routine maintenance and troubleshoot problems on equipment.

  • Ability to maintain alertness, awareness, and vigilance.

  • Good oral and written communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions).

  • Successfully complete, maintain and pass any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.

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