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Title Description: RAIL MAINTENANCE
Date Posted: 9/17/2019
Job Number: 087-19-M
Hourly Rate: STARTING RATE: $20.7965 FULL RATE: $26.5804
Hours: 3:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Union Status: ATU LOCAL 1342


The job involves the preparations, performance and completion of any type of assigned work done by the Rail Car section at any location connect with the operation of the Metro system. It principally consists of reading and interpreting instruction sheets and blueprints; analyzing defects in rail car or shop equipment; setting up equipment setting up equipment for and conducting tests, making repairs, replacements and adjustments with a minimum of direct supervision; observing for and reporting of unsafe or irregular conditions; exercising sound judgment relative to all aspects of assigned duties; and the protecting of Company property.


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. • Interpreting all instruction sheets, blue prints and wiring diagrams • Identify defective, unserviceable or deteriorating conditions in mechanical systems, unit or parts; diagnose the cause of such conditions; and determine the extent of required adjustments, repairs and/or replacements. • Test, repair or replace rail car mechanically or pneumatically operated systems or components, including but not limited to compressor, door and step components, truck and wheel assemblies, suspension and brake gear, gear boxes, couplers, pantographs and heating/air conditioning equipment • Perform all types of complicated layouts and machine setups, as well as precision machine work on lathes, milling machines, shear, wheel lathe and grinders • Perform all manner of mechanical and boy repair of rail car bodies and components. • Perform periodic inspections and preventive maintenance on mechanical systems and components, and properly maintain records of the same. • Be able to make emergency repairs necessary to safely move a disabled rail car or train in order to maintain service to the public with a minimum of delay and inconvenience. • Perform all of the work assigned as duties for any jobs in subordinate or comparable classifications and perform all duties with a speed and accuracy satisfactory to Company management. • Accept instructions and work assignments required to qualify for other classifications. • Develop knowledge of Company policies pertaining to the work involved. • Explain, instruct and demonstrate to others all job details, methods and procedures when directed to do so by supervisory personnel. • Perform additional duties and tasks as required.


Must have and be able to demonstrate an understanding or machine shop practice, and repair and welding techniques. Must be able to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing. To be eligible candidate for the position, employees will be required to pass the Skills Test designated for the position. Must have a satisfactory prior work record. Must be able to maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors and other employees. Employee must be able to pass certification of operation of rail vehicles. Must be certified under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) 608 and 609 certification for refrigerants. Must be able to wear and utilize all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Participation in the Bloodborne Pathogen Program is required.


Tasks involve the intermittent performance of physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of bending, squatting, reaching, kneeling, climbing (ladders), twisting, rotating and/or crawling (under rail car). May also involve lifting (10-50+ pounds), carrying (10-50 pounds), pushing and/or pulling (5-50 pounds) materials and/or equipment. Job involves standing 3 hour at a time for four hours per day, sitting for one hour per day and walking one hour at a time for two hours per day.


80% of time is spent inside, 20% of time is spent outside, exposing employee to natural environmental conditions. Work exposes employees to fumes, dust, gases, odors and mist. Employee is also exposed to noise, vibration, hazards (slip and fall, chemicals) and motorized vehicles.


Must be a high school graduate or have or GED. Employee must be able to possess and maintain a valid New York State Driver’s License of the classification required by law for the type of vehicle (s) driven as part of an employee’s normal job duties. To be eligible candidate for the position, Metro employees will be required to pass the Skill Test designated for the position. Employee must be able to pass certification for operation of rail vehicles. Possess and maintain a valid NYS Driver’s license of the classification required by law for the type of vehicle (s) driven as part of an employee’s normal job duties. Must be able to wear and utilize all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL REGULATION 49 CFR PARTS 653 & 654, THIS IS A “SAFETY SENSITIVE” POSITION, SUBJECT TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING. PARTICIPATION IN THE BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN PROGRAM IS REQUIRED.


TO APPLY: Send NFTA employment application, resume and cover letter specifying the job number 074-19-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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