NFTA Metro Bus and RailNFTA Metro Bus and RailBuffalo Niagara International AirportNiagara Falls International Airport


Date Posted: 3/29/2016
Deadline: Until Filled
Job Number: # 131-15-N
Salary: GRADE 5 ($58,669-$75,038)
Hours: 3:30 PM- 12:00 AM
Union Status: CSEA


This position is responsible for supervising and training maintenance workers in the performance of various maintenance activities on the rail systems and facilities. This position takes responsibility for ensuring that the staff is productive by maintaining records of the past jobs and using them for comparison. The position directly supervises several subordinates and indirectly twenty additional subordinates from various workgroups within the Rail Maintenance and Rail Car Maintenance departments on the second shift. This position serves as the focal point for all maintenance and operations activities on the second shift. Work is performed with considerable independence under the general supervision of the Manager, Rail Maintenance or his designee.


The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. • Overseeing the work efforts of subordinates (e.g., making sure that work is performed correctly, providing guidance to maintenance employees when necessary, ensuring compliance with company procedures including safety standards, addressing complex problems, rearranging work activities to respond to emergency situations). • Ensuring that qualified staff is available and properly assigned to complete all scheduled and unscheduled work (e.g., making sure employees are fit for duty, rearranging work assignments). • Scheduling third shift work assignments in Rail Maintenance for assigned management staff to ensure that system maintenance functions are performed (e.g., making sure the weekend schedule requirements are met for standard service and special events, assigning third shift maintenance to be performed on the systems and facilities, filling open supervisory work when required). • Administering heavy maintenance overhauls (e.g., replace track-work and switches, replace catenary wire and hardware, major repairs to tunnel and station structures). • Coordinating unscheduled maintenance (e.g., system defects that affect the movement of trains, snow plowing and snow removal efforts) such that systems are returned to service in a safe and efficient manner. • Dispatching movements of non-revenue hi-rail maintenance vehicles (e.g., determining hi-rail movements, providing instructions on hi-rail movements to subordinate personnel and coordinating movements with other workgroups and Rail Controllers). • Representing the entire rail maintenance operation when working the first, second or third shift. • Performing various administrative duties (e.g., entering data on the computer, printing work order forms, tracking maintenance information). • Initiating orders for parts, working with vendors and to maintain an adequate inventory of parts and equipment to properly maintain the system. • Training of rail maintenance personnel (e.g., training all rail maintenance personnel for certification of hi-rail operations, training personnel on rail maintenance systems and equipment, instructing personnel on correct procedures for equipment operations, instructing Buffalo Fire Department and other inside or outside groups via tours of the system). • Perform additional duties and tasks as required.


An in-depth knowledge of rail maintenance systems (e.g., pneumatic, mechanical, electrical, catenary systems, refrigeration equipment, track-work and structural) to effectively maintain and repair rail systems and related equipment. Ability to read technical documents (e.g., specifications, drawings) in order to provide advice on maintenance issues. Ability to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously. Ability to operate a computer to record, analyze, retrieve information and to develop forms and written reports for documenting railcar maintenance history. Ability to respond to and train employees and representatives from outside agencies for emergency preparedness (e.g., train derailments, fire emergencies, health related issues and situation awareness programs). Strong organization and communication skills.


Tasks involve the intermittent performance of physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, or crouching, climbing ladders, riding hi-rail vehicles, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).


Tasks are performed primarily in the field over the 6.4 miles of rail system with potential for exposure to disagreeable elements (e.g., heavy equipment, trains, large non-revenue vehicles, high working heights, extreme temperatures, high voltage, refrigerant, compressed gases and other conditions associated with maintaining equipment and facilities).


An Associate’s degree in Electrical/Mechanical Technology or five years of relevant work experience in the transit industry, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


TO APPLY: Send NFTA employment application, resume and cover letter specifying the job number 131-15-N to: NFTA Human Resources 181 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Or email to:


The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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