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December 13, 2018

Signals Technician (Metro Transit Light Rail Signals Technician)


We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area.  We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services.

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Metro Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Council, is currently looking for Signals Technicians to perform testing, maintenance, repair, and installation of electronic systems and equipment associated with Light Rail wayside signal systems and subsystems.  The successful candidate will be able to pass the Basic Electronic / Multi-meter Test, the General Applied Mechanical Knowledge Test, and interview, as described below.  

The successful candidate for this position must be able to work independently and be a self-starter.  Ninety-eight percent (98%) of the work is performed outside in a field service type setting in all types of weather (i.e., in the Right-of-Way or in a Signal/Communications house). We are seeking candidates with strong electrical-mechanical backgrounds.

Metro Transit is the largest provider of transit service in the seven-county metropolitan area and one of the country's largest transit systems.  They operate bus and rail service essential to the region's mobility, and provide resources for carpooling, vanpooling and bike commuting. Metro Transit helps people get to where they're going, makes a dent in the region's ever-growing congestion, and promotes a cleaner environment.

Recruitment Type: This vacancy is open to internal and external applicants.

Application: Complete the application to its entirety.  Your experience and qualifications must be described in detail in the work experience section of the application to include current job and other former jobs.  Responses such as "see resume" will NOT be accepted. Candidates will be notified of their application status through e-mail. 

Signals Technicians (new hire or transfer) must:
  • Commit to Rail Maintenance for at least two (2) years of service following successful completion of training.
  • Maintain the Medical Examiner's Certificate/DOT card throughout employment (physicals are paid for by employer).
What you would do in this job:

  • Install, inspect, maintain, repair, provide diagnostic analysis reports, replace or modify electronic and electrical components and defective parts for Light Rail Transit (LRT) wayside signaling system equipment. The list of equipment include but is not limited to all electrically operated track switches, track switch heater cabinets, track switch controller, interlocking signal, track circuits, signal equipment house equipment, signal and signal controller, grade crossing and grade crossing controller.
  • Respond to service emergencies providing online troubleshooting and repair of all electronic, electromechanical equipment of wayside LRT systems. Such systems include but are not limited to signal equipment.
  • Repair electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems of LRT wayside signaling equipment. 
  • Operate various vehicles and equipment associated with maintenance and repair of LRT wayside signaling system equipment. 
  • Operate office equipment and repair test equipment. 
  • Maintain parts inventory and computer inventory records. 
  • Prepare various activity status reports.
  • Attend safety and training meetings; participate in emergency preparedness systems. 
  • Other duties as assigned or apparent.
What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

Education/Experience Requirements:  

  • An Associate Degree in electrical/electronic engineering technology from a two (2) year technical college or institute, plus two (2) years of related work experience.
  • A High School Diploma or GED and four (4) years of related work experience.
License Requirement:
  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to get class "A" commercial driver's license with combination vehicle, air brake, and general knowledge endorsements within 21 days of hire.  If you do not currently have a class "A" commercial driver's license, you must be able to obtain the written permit PRIOR to start date and then Metro Transit will train and license you upon you successfully passing the road test.
  • Ability to pass physical examination, Rail Operations Rule Book and successfully complete Rail Operator Training Program for Maintenance Personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of analog and digital electronics and electronic control circuits.
  • Knowledge of AC/DC electrical systems, principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic systems, testing and inspection methods/tools
  • Knowledge and experience with safety practices as they pertain to electronic systems.
  • Skilled in providing client services to the public and other agencies within the organization.
  • Communication skills using tact, courtesy and cooperation in dealings with others where the primary purpose is the exchange of information
  • Ability to use test equipment, basic hand and power tools and special equipment used to maintain Light Rail Transit (LRT) wayside electronic and electromechanical system.
  • Ability to read schematics and blueprints for electrical and electronic control.
  • Ability to become trained and forklift certified.
  • Ability to analyze malfunction in electrical, electronic and electro-mechanical systems and determine repair. 
  • Ability to correctly use shop test equipment.
  • Ability to read English and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak English effectively before groups of customers or clients.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Internal ATU candidates must have a good work record in order to be eligible for transfer.
  • Ability to pass DOT physical examination, Rail Operations Rule Book and physical agility examinations.
  • Ability to maintain the Medical Examiner's Certificate/DOT card throughout employment.
Additional information:

Union/Grade: ATU/ Wage Class 65
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive:  Yes. Subject to random DOT drug tests

Hourly Pay Scale:
$27.57 - starting pay
$29.19 - 2nd year
$30.81 - 3rd year
$32.43 - top pay

Physical Conditions:
This position requires lifting up to fifty (50) pounds and up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance.  Standing, walking, sitting, talking or hearing; using hand to finger, handle or feel; climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and reaching with hands and arms are required for this position. 

Working Conditions:
This position works around loud noises (i.e., metal can manufacturing, large earth moving equipment) and may be around toxic or caustic chemicals. Must be able to work first, second, or third shift and weekends depending upon seniority. Work is performed in outdoor setting 98% of the time and will be required to travel between primary work sites to other sites. Must work in extreme warm and cold outdoor weather conditions and extreme hot and cold non-weather conditions.  This position works near moving parts or equipment, and works in high precarious places where there is a risk of electrical shock. 

Selection Process:
Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager(s) for consideration based on:
  • Minimum Qualifications Review
  • Work Record Evaluation – Internal ATU employees only
  • Training and Experience Rating
  • Two Assessment Tests
  • Oral Exam
  • Physical Agility Tests
The two assessment test consist of the following:
1) Basic Electronic Component / Multi-meter test -- Using a digital multi-meter, candidates must identify electronic components and possible electrically related faults within a sealed test box.  Must be able to identify resistors, capacitors, diodes, opens and shorts using a multi-meter, and also demonstrate the ability to read and operate a multi-meter by showing observed readings from the test.  

2)  General Electrical with General Applied Mechanical Knowledge Test (computer based) - This test measures the ability to read and calculate basic electrical circuits, as well as general knowledge of mechanical theory and application.

Candidates will be notified of their application status through e-mail only.
Conditional Offers:
All employment offers are conditional upon a review and verification of education, employment and driving record (if applicable) as well as passing a pre-employment or transfer DOT drug-screen (if currently in a non-safety sensitive position), DOT physical, agility tests and Rail Operations Rule Book.

Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate's ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612-349-7071