Title Description: POWER & CATENARY DEPT
Date Posted: 7/2/2024
Job Number: 183-22-M
Hourly Rate: $25.82 STARTING RATE: $32.28 FULL RATE
Union Status: ATU 1342


This job involves all manner of preparation and performance and completion of any type of assigned work done at any location connected with Company’s rail system. Applicant must be able to read and interpret instruction sheets, blueprints and wiring diagrams; analyzing defects in substations, load centers, motor control center, batteries and charging systems, rectifiers and transformers and determine the extent of required repairs; setting up and conducting tests; making repairs, replacements and adjustments with a minimum of direct supervision; observing and reporting of unsafe conditions; fully understand the principles of and the safety precautions regarding work on 23,000 volts and 480 volt A.C. and 650 volt D.C. power systems; understand and be proficient in use of test equipment, including but not limited to ammeters, voltmeters and preventative maintenance on substation and other electrical equipment; to be able to make emergency repairs.


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. • Identify defective, unserviceable or deteriorating conditions in track, tunnel or building structures, mechanisms or parts. Diagnose the cause of such conditions; and determine the extent of required adjustments, repairs and/or replacements. • Fully understand the principles of 23,000-volt alternating and 650-volt direct current power conversion and distribution, and safety precautions regarding work on power systems. • Understand and be proficient in the use of complex electrical monitoring and test equipment, including but not limited to ammeters, ohmmeters, and voltmeters. • Test, repair and replace power distribution systems or components, included but not limited to high-voltage solid state rectifiers, transformers, circuit breakers, insulators, and switchgear; remotely located power control equipment; constant and variable tension catenary suspension systems; feeder cable; and substation batteries and charging systems. • Test, troubleshoot and repair defects in complex power distribution wiring and cabling systems. • Perform periodic inspections and preventive maintenance on power distribution systems and components, and properly maintain records of the same. • Be able to make emergency repairs to substations, transmission circuits, and catenary equipment 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 job in the 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 a knowledge of Company policies pertaining to the work involved. • Perform additional duties and tasks as assigned.


Must be able to demonstrate a high level of skill in reading cable diagrams, wiring diagrams, and schematics. Must be able to express ideas effective, both orally and in writing. Must have a satisfactory prior work record. Must be able to maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors and other employees. 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, twisting, rotating, climbing ladders, elevated platforms, boom & scissors lifts, entering and/or crawling in confined spaces. 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


60% of time is spent inside, 40% 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 have two years of formal training in advanced electrical/electronic theory, including digital logic, analog integrated circuitry, and CRT circuitry, and two years’ experience in the maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of modern communications systems. To be an eligible candidate for the position, all candidates will be required to pass the Skills Test designated for the position. 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. Must be able to wear and utilize all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Participation in the bloodborne pathogen program is required.


TO APPLY: Send NFTA employment application (on NFTA jobs page) specifying MECHANICS to: NFTA Human Resources 181 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Or email: application_intake@nfta.com For more information please visit nfta.com/careers


The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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