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December 01, 2018

Traction Power Maintainer (electrician)


Metro Transit is hiring for Traction Power Maintainers!

The Traction Power Maintainer position maintains overhead catenary systems and their individual components to the highest applicable standards; maintains traction power systems including substations and provide a safe and reliable service to the riding public; and maintains power distribution equipment for Maintenance of Way (MOW) building, tunnel and passenger stations.

Hourly Pay Range:

1st year of employment = $35.72
2nd year of employment = $37.82
3rd year of employment = $39.92
4th year of employment = $42.02

Work Schedule: All hires are subject to seniority roster for shift pick.  New hires may work on any shift depending upon the pick.

Recruitment Type: This posting is open to internals and externals. This posting will establish a six (6) months eligibility list for current and future Traction Power Maintainer openings.
Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Posting will remain open until filled.

Metro Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Council, is the largest provider of public transit service in the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area and one of the country's largest public transit systems.  We were named the "2016 Transit System of the Year" by the American Public Transportation Association.  Metro Transit operates bus, light rail and commuter rail service essential to the region's mobility, and provides resources for carpooling, vanpooling and bike commuting.  Metro Transit helps people get where they're going, helps reduce the region's motor vehicle congestion problem and promotes a cleaner environment. 

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 

To find out more about the Metropolitan Council and our great benefits, visit:

What you would do in this job:


  • Installs, inspects, maintains, repairs and provides diagnostic analysis for all components of the electric traction power systems and all Light Rail Transit (LRT) facilities, power distribution systems, and track switch heaters, including but not limited to substations, negative power cable(s) return to substations, catenary systems and related equipment.
  • Responds to service calls to diagnose and correct emergencies involving the electric traction systems. Installs, inspects, maintains and provides diagnostic analysis for electrical support systems at all LRT facilities, energizes and de-energizes traction power systems, and applies grounding systems for a safe work area. 
  • Operates on truck equipment as required to accommodate maintenance activities.
  • Works on both overhead and underground equipment operating both on the road and on rail vehicles and equipment associated with the maintenance and repair of the electrical traction power system.
  • Communicates via two-way radio and/or telephone to Rail Control Center to coordinate maintenance requirements.
  • Completes various paperwork to include incident reports, maintenance and inspection records, and daily logs.
  • Operates heavy-duty trucks and tow trailers to move heavy equipment such as spools of wire, and uses truck-mounted cranes to lift heavy equipment, materials and completes repairs to the systems.
  • Performs chemical type welding functions to include cable to rail bonding.
  • Trains and directs work of apprentice.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)


  • Associates/Vocational Degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Repair and Installations, and at least two (2) years of experience as a fully qualified Journeyman or Master Electrician or Journeyman Lineman with proof of licensure, performing maintenance of high voltage systems OR
  • High school diploma/GED and at least four (4) years of experience as a fully qualified journeyman or master electrician, or a journeyman lineman with proof of licensure, performing maintenance of high voltage systems.

License Requirement: 
  • Minnesota Class A Journeyman Electrical license, Class A Master's license, or Class A Journeyman Lineman's license OR equivalent license with reciprocity from another state.
    • Minnesota electrical license must be valid and active at the time of hire.
  • Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record.
  • Currently hold or have the ability to obtain Minnesota Class "A" commercial driver's license (CDL) within twenty-one (21) days of hire (and ability to meet ongoing DOT physical requirements).
    • Bring CDL learner's permit on the first day of hire. Training and testing, provided. Class A CDL license will be issued upon passing of road test.
  • Ability to pass physical examinations, Rail Operations Rule Book and physical agility examinations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles of electrical distribution, sub-transmission, and of operation, construction, repair and maintenance of distribution and sub-transmission lines, cables, transformers, rectifiers, and related equipment.
  • Knowledge of AC/DC electrical systems, principals of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuit and associated mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic system testing and inspection.
  • Knowledge of the tools, practices, and terminology of the linemen trades; safety precautions; and of electrical theory as applied to 13.8 kV and 34.5 kV AC distribution systems and 750 VDC overhead catenary systems.
  • Knowledge of troubleshooting; power distribution systems; facilities power distribution systems, equipment, electronics and relay control logic.
  • Ability to read blueprints and schematics for electrical and electronic control.
  • Ability to perform the duties of the job safely, efficiently and in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations without direct supervision, including the ability to operate required vehicles or equipment.
Additional information:

Union/Grade: ATU/Grade 99
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive:  Yes.  Subject to random DOT drug tests.

Work Environment:
This position may require working in wet or hot, humid non-weather conditions, and in high precarious places up to two-thirds of the time. This position may also require up to two-third of the time, working in outdoor weather conditions, extreme cold, risk of electrical shock and work with explosives.

Physical Requirements:
This position may require up to two-thirds of the time to standing, walking, talking or hearing using hands to finger, handle or feeling and reaching with hands and arms, lifting up to fifty (50) pounds. May be required to work near moving parts or equipment, in the presence of fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibrations up to two-thirds or more of the time. Must have color vision. May also be required to lift more than 100 pounds with assistance.

The examples of duties listed in the class specifications are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the position. Regular attendance is an essential responsibility.

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of a review of your education and experience and how it relates to the duties of this position.  This review is based on your answers to the supplemental questions and other application materials you submit.  Applications of those who best meet the qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration. The recruitment process includes:

  • Minimum Qualifications Review
  • Work Record Evaluation for internal ATU employees
  • Education/Training and Experience Review (includes license requirements)
  • Structured Oral Exam Interviews
  • Pass a physical agility examination

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 drug-screen for new hires.

Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check for new hires.  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.