Transit Systems 2022-06-13 2022-07-18

Signal Maintainer

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)
Santa Rosa, California

Job ID: 71311
Job Status: Full-time

SMART is a commuter rail system serving Marin and Sonoma Counties in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area.

Under direction of a Signal Maintenance Supervisor, the Signal Technician position is responsible for maintenance and repair of grade crossing warning devices, signaling and SMART’s Positive Train Control (PTC) system, rail safety communication systems and car borne signal components.

This position will be responsible for the inspection, testing and diagnostic analysis of SMART’s grade crossing warning devices, wayside signal systems, rail safety communication systems, and car borne components. This position will perform maintenance on railway signal and communications equipment such as track signals, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, positive train control equipment, fiber optic links, programmable multiplexer servers, stand alone computers, power supplies and associated communications equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by, and minimum requirements required of, employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job. SMART reserves the right to determine and amend job responsibilities.

  • Inspects, tests, modifies, maintains and repairs all signal and communication related equipment including electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic equipment including grade crossings mechanisms, switch machines, power supplies, battery sytems, CCTV, surveillance cameras, display systems, and other complex machinery and equipment.

  • May conduct track inspections as needed.

  • Conducts fault diagnosis.

  • Records and documents maintenance and diagnostic data.

  • Responds to emergency calls as necessary and per operating guidelines.

  • Determines work priorities for emergency maintenance tasks in the absence of on-site supervision.

  • Operates switch machines manually and by Local Control Panels under revenue and non-revenue conditions.

  • Flag trackway to provide safe rail work zones and set up work zone traffic control areas.

  • Operate assigned vehicles including high-rail.

  • Works in assigned areas such as utility support structures and poles under a variety of weather conditions.

  • Works closely with Central Control and follows instructions while working on or near the right-of-way.

  • Assist other workers and divisions in routine and emergency situations affecting the safe movement of trains.

  • Assists Track Maintainers as needed.

  • Enters data into SMART’s Maintenance Management Information System (MMIS)

  • Knows and adheres to SMART, FRA and CPUC standards and regulations.

  • References parts catalogues and other sources to determine correct parts for specific applications.

  • References manufacturer schematics (manual and online) to resolve maintenance issues.

  • Maintains work area in a clean and orderly fashion.

  • Safely operates equipment.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must possess a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent.

  • Three years of increasingly responsible electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic experience, including at least one year of experience in a railroad or rail transit environment.

  • An Associate degree in Electronics/Electrical field from an accredited Technical or Community College may be substituted for two years of experience. Education may not be substituted for Railroad experience with the exception of a degree or certificate from a Railroad educational institution, which may be substituted for six months of railroad experience.

  • Possession of a valid California driver's license (or ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment).

Other Qualifications:
  • Class A Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within the first 12 months of employment.

  • Knowledge of 49 CFR 236 regulations – Rules, standards and instructions governing the installation inspection, maintenance and repair of signals and train control systems, devices and appliances.

  • Knowledge of 49 CFR 234 Regulations – Grade Crossing Safety

  • Successful completion of SMART Training program and post-training qualification period.

  • Satisfactory driving record as defined below:

    • No more than two moving violations and/or “at fault” accidents within the last 3 years;

    • No “at fault” in a fatal accident within the past 5 years;

    • No leaving the scene of an accident within the past 3 years;

  • No DUI’s or Reckless Driving codes within the last 7 years on the current DMV printout. Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment medical exam that uses the standards of the California Commercial Driver’s License.

  • Must participate in the Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing program per 49 CFR Part 219 in its entirety.

Position Details:
  • Base hourly wage: $54.31 per hour.

  • Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 required prior to start of employment.*

  • There is a 12-month probationary period following appointment to this position.

  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt.

  • A thorough background check will be required including, but not limited to: current and past employers, personal contacts, education verification. A credit report will be required for positions covered under Labor Code 1024.5.

    • A complete list of background checks documents will be provided upon request.

  • Position subject to Hours of Service DOT and FRA Regulations.

  • A pre-employment physical, including a urinalysis drug screen, will be required.

  • A pre-employment psychological screening, administered by a licensed/certified psychologist, will be required.

  • This position is classified under the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) as Safety Sensitive and/or regulated under Hours of Service. Under the DOT and FRA, employees in this classification are subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, reasonable cause, post-accident, return-to-duty and follow-up drug testing and/or alcohol breath testing.
*Exemptions may be requested for religious or medical reasons.

The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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