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Valley Metro: Traction Power System Technician


This position is safety sensitive and subject to Valley Metro’s Drug & Alcohol Program. Applicants for positions defined as safety sensitive are required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and, subsequent to commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty, and follow up testing. Under general supervision, the Traction Power Systems Technician performs journey level maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of overhead power and substation maintenance on the light rail system.

Primary Duties

  • 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.

Desired Education & Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED and successful completion of a recognized apprenticeship program for electricians or a related field and two (2) years of full-time years of skilled experience in electrical inspections, maintenance and repair. Experience in overhead lines and cables and/or high voltage substations is highly desirable. Equivalent combination of training, education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties such as those listed above
  • 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 performed by our examining physician.
  • Drug Testing: Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug examination and subject to random drug testing in accordance with the Agency's Drug & Alcohol Policy.
  • Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.
  • Incumbent is required to obtain 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.

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Methods and procedures used to repair and maintain high voltage electrical systems.
  • Theory and principles of electrical and electronic equipment and circuits.
  • Principles and practices of electrical construction and installation.
  • Proper tensioning and positioning of catenary wires.
  • Reading and interpreting plans, specifications and electronic schematics, diagrams and maintenance manuals.
  • Safely operating a variety of trucks, equipment and tools.

Salary Range

$22.53 Hourly to

Contact Info

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Human Resources 101 N. 1st Avenue Suite 1400 Phoenix, Arizona, 85003 (602) 262-7433
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