This position is safety sensitive and subject to Valley Metro RPTA'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.
The Signal and Communications Systems Technician performs complex and varied duties in the maintenance and repair of signaling and rail safety systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA) hardware and network devices, track switching equipment, signal systems circuits, and other electrical equipment; and performs related work as assigned. Troubleshooting, analyzing and isolating malfunctions, conducting inspections, testing, modifying, maintaining and repairing signaling and communications systems equipment.
The Signal and Communications Systems Technician shall contribute to team efforts and represents Agency core values in the performance of duties.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
An Associate's Degree in electrical/electronic engineering technology from a two (2) year Technical College or institute, plus two (2) years of related work experience. Equivalent combination of training, education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties such as those listed above. Light Rail Transit experience is desired.
Drug Testing: 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.
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.
Position requires the incumbent to successfully pass the safety and track worker protection certification and to maintain ongoing education and training requirements of the position.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES / KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
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.
Repairs electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems of LRT wayside signaling, communications and fare collection systems equipment.
Tests and troubleshoots electronic components and systems, repairs or orders and replaces components, rewires systems, and tests equipment prior to placing back into service.
Responds to service emergencies providing online troubleshooting and repair of all electronic, electro-mechanical equipment including located in wayside facilities and passenger stations communications and fare collection equipment.
Maintains parts inventory and computer inventory records.
Compiles reports of track inspected, repairs made, and equipment requiring replacement.
Performs preventative maintenance on all signaling, communications and fare collection apparatus.
Investigates and locates problems or failures and take the proper corrective action.
Ensures that proper safety precautions are followed, particularly around energized circuits.
Attends safety and training meetings; participates in emergency preparedness systems.
Maintenance and repair of LRT wayside signaling, communication and SCADA system equipment.
This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Safety practices as they pertain to electronic systems.
AC/DC electrical systems, principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic systems, testing and inspection methods/tools.
Analog and digital electronics, and electronic control circuits.
Safely using and maintaining hand and power tools and test equipment related to the work.
Maintaining accurate records of work performed.
Ability to read schematics and blueprints for electrical and electronic control.
Analyzing malfunction in electrical, electronic and electromechanical system and repair.
Ability to perform maintenance repair, troubleshooting, rebuild and overhaul of rail transit vehicles and subsystems; Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.
Operating telephone communications system.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT:
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 accommodations 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: 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.
About Valley Metro RPTA
Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority RPTA) provides both Bus and Light Rail transportation services for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Highlights of Valley Metro services include:
*First ever light rail system in Phoenix, Arizona. Began service in 2008.
*Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
*Online carpool matching system
*Assistance to local businesses to help them meet the Maricopa County trip reduction goals through alternative modes of transportation (bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, telework, etc.)