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Title: Electro Mechanic
Company: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Location: San Jose, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 142928

Salary: $91,977.60 - $104,520.00 Annually

Close Date: Continuous


Under general supervision, the Electro-Mechanic performs skilled electrical/electronic and mechanical work to diagnose, maintain, repair, rebuild, overhaul, service, inspect, and test light rail transit vehicles and equipment.

Classification Bargaining Unit: ATU

Essential Job Functions

Typical Tasks
  • Performs safety and preventive maintenance inspections of vehicles, systems and equipment;
  • Documents defects, maintenance and repairs;
  • Tests, maintains, repairs, and overhauls light rail vehicle electrical, electronic and mechanical systems and equipment in accordance with schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, operations manuals and manufacturer instructions;
  • Operates and maintains shop equipment and tools;
  • Makes time and material cost estimates and maintains records;
  • Performs re-railing of equipment;
  • Familiarizes other workers in vehicle maintenance and repair, car movements, and maintenance of shop equipment;
  • Installs communication devices on cars;
  • Maintains a safe and clean shop area;
  • Operates computer for related data input and retrieval;
  • Prepares written reports, documents defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders, or designated computer programs;
  • May be assigned the work of lower level classes in the job series;
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Employment Standards
Training and experience equivalent to a high school diploma and four years of experience in the maintenance and repair of electrically powered rail transit vehicles.


Training and experience equivalent to completion of a two-year degree in electronic technology and two years of experience in the installation, maintenance or repair of electro-mechanical systems similar to those found in VTA light rail vehicles.


Demonstrated experience and training equivalent to a high school diploma and four years of experience in a maintenance environment working on systems similar to those found in a light rail vehicle including air conditioning, DC motors, generators, circuit diagrams, lighting and electrical troubleshooting.

Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and the ability to qualify for and maintain a Class B license with passenger (P) endorsement and a maintenance LRV operation certification.

Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and odd and unusual hours.

Knowledge of:
  • AC/DC electrical systems;
  • Operating principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical systems;
  • Heating, lighting, air conditioning, motors, brakes and related systems;
  • Operating and preventive maintenance requirements of electric transit vehicles, machinery, tools, and equipment;
  • General shop safety procedures;
  • Testing and inspection methods.

Ability to:
  • Perform maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, rebuilding, overhauling, and safety/preventive maintenance inspections;
  • Analyze malfunctions in electrical/electronic transit equipment and determine repair requirements;
  • Perform electronic fabrication and assembly tasks, such as soldering and wire harnessing;
  • Make time and material cost estimates and keep accurate records;
  • Implement preventive maintenance and safety inspection procedures;
  • Use test and shop equipment and tools;
  • Use parts and supply manuals;
  • Operates a computer for related data input and retrieval;
  • Meet established deadlines;
  • Give oral and written instructions;
  • Effectively read, understand, and use technical information found in repair manuals, service change bulletins, and applicable technical documents, including parts and supply manuals;
  • Learn and stay current on all new technologies introduced into the transit industries as it relates to light rail vehicle maintenance;
  • Familiarize other Electro-Mechanics and other classifications in the proper method of performing their job;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of business.

General Instructions
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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
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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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