Traction Power Systems Technician

  • Valley Metro
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Code Enforcement and Inspections Construction and Skilled Trades Information Technology and Communication Services Transportation or Transit Other
  • Salary: $25.00 - $32.50 Hourly USD


Candidates may be hired above the minimum depending on skills and qualifications.

This position is safety sensitive and subject to Valley Metro's Drug & Alcohol Program. The Traction Power Systems Technician performs journey level maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of overhead power and substation maintenance on the light rail system.

The Traction Power Systems Technician shall contribute to team efforts and represents Agency core values in the performance of duties.

Job Description


The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

Inspects, tests and repairs overhead lines (catenary), power distribution cables, and electrical substation equipment.

Performs inspections and repairs traction power voltage, monitor systems, charging systems, circuit breakers and other electrical substation systems.

Troubleshoots, analyzes, and isolates malfunctions, conducting inspections, testing, modifying, maintaining and repairing traction power voltage, monitoring systems, charging systems, circuit breakers and other electrical substation systems.

Performs complex repair and troubleshooting; safely using and maintaining hand and power tools and test equipment related to work.

Performs preventive maintenance on overhead power and substations.

Maintains parts inventory and computer inventory records.

Ensures proper safety precautions are followed, particularly around energized circuits.

Attends safety and training meetings; participates in emergency preparedness systems.

Prepares written reports, documents defects and repairs on inspection forms and work orders.

Operates boom, bucket and tower trucks, and other equipment and tools.

Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of:
Methods and procedures used to repair and maintain high voltage electrical systems.
Theory and principles of electrical and electronic equipment and circuits.
Tools and equipment used in testing and repair of electrical and electronic equipment and installation.
Principles and practices of electrical construction and installation.
Proper tensioning and positioning of catenary wires.
Splicing procedures used in electrical work.
Preventive maintenance and quality assurance inspection procedures.
Applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations governing electrical installations, maintenance, safety and accident prevention.
Safety principles, practices and equipment related to work.

Skill in:
Reading and interpreting plans, specifications and electronic schematics, diagrams and maintenance manuals.
Staying current on all new technologies introduced into the transit industries as relates to electrified rail.
Safely operating a variety of trucks, equipment and tools.
Preparing written reports, document defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders or computer programs.
Maintaining records and preparing clear and concise reports.
Reading, understanding and using technical information found in repair manuals, service change bulletins and applicable technical documents, including parts and service manuals.
Working independently and safely with AC and DC power.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.


Physical Demands:
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Valley Metro complies with ADA/EEOC requirements with respect to reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.

Incumbent must perform heavy manual labor, frequently lifting up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 100 pounds with the assistance of applicable equipment or other employees.

Work Environment:
Must be available to work weekends, holidays, odd and unusual hours.
Work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations.

May work from lift trucks, ladders, and other elevating devices.

Work outdoors in all weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to risk of electrical shock, toxic or caustic chemicals, moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, and intense noise levels.

Job Requirements

High School Diploma or GED, and two (2) years of experience in electrical inspections, maintenance and repair. A successful completion of a recognized apprenticeship program for electricians or a related field OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties as those listed below.

Experience in overhead lines and cables and/or high voltage substations
Experience with electrified systems (AC and DC systems)

Must be available to work weekends, holidays, overtime and odd and unusual hours; may be called in on day-off or respond to emergencies.

Shift Differential Pay (evening and night)

Position requires the incumbent to successfully pass and maintain ongoing education and training requirements of the position.

Medical Examination:
Employment for safety sensitive positions is contingent on passing a physical examination.

Background Investigation:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.

Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Arizona Driver's License

Incumbent is required to have a CDL permit (CDL Class B) permit upon hire and license within 90 days of hire, and maintain a current valid Arizona Commercial Driver's License (CDL Class B) with Air Brakes endorsement. Position requires the ability to maintain insurability under Valley Metro's Vehicle Insurance Policy.

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Job Address

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