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Transit Railcar Technology Specialist 1 - 4

Job ID: 3375
Business Unit: New York City Transit
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: NYC Transit Authority
Date Posted: Oct 10, 2023


Job Information:

Title & Requisition Number: Transit Railcar Technology Specialist 1-4 (Requisition #: 3375)

First Date of Posting: 09/25/2023

Last Date of Filing: 10/09/2023

Authority: TA

Department: Subways

Division/Unit: Car Equipment/Production Planning & Scheduling O/H Shops

Reports To: Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer, DCE Operations Support ­

Location: Various

Hours of work: Various

**Multiple Locations**

This position on the NYC Transit payroll is competitive and is eligible for the 55-a Program. This position is open to qualified persons who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your cover letter and in the upper right corner of your resume that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program. For detailed information regarding the 55-a Program, please visit the following link


Transit Railcar Technology Specialist 1: $65,640 - $85,646

Transit Railcar Technology Specialist 2: $77,921 - $98,099

Transit Railcar Technology Specialist 3: $92,639 - $111,917

Transit Railcar Technology Specialist 4: $103,630 - $122,168



The TRTS positions will analyze, research and plan railcar systems/parts that are required to keep Revenue and Non-Revenue Subway car fleets in good repair. Responsible for reviewing and approving system-wide material forecasts, monitoring material usage vs. forecast usage for various shops, performing Internal Control Review (ICR), handle audit Covid car-cleaning contract invoices and respond to revenue car social media correspondence for DCE. Team up engineers, procurement staff and vendors to develop contracts for procurement and maintenance of railcars. Manage contracts, ensure contract stipulations are satisfied by comparing end products with technical specifications and drawings. Manage material order fulfillments based on capacity, Bill of Materials (BOM), lead times, and production goals. Identify manpower needs and allocate labor to satisfy production goals by conducting labor studies and manpower needs to satisfy the SMS plan. Control material shipments valued at about $130 Million annually. Analyze data on material usage vs. forecasts system wide, both in overhaul and maintenance facilities. Approve, modify, adjust forecasts to match material usage. Coordinate First Article Inspections (FAIs), material rejections and other material-related activities and follow through with all required documentation. Manage, coordinate, and monitor external vendor service contracts of close to $60 Million to ensure repairs are stated in the technical document and satisfies the Scope of Work per contract. Assist Procurement in projecting capital spare requirements, CBTC, etc. and provide projected delivery milestones for these spares for new fleets. The incumbents will review documentation, SMS Plan, and illustrated parts catalogs; perform research on parts, and help Procurement with FAIs. Develop warranty tracking for components repaired by outside vendors.


Some of the physical activities performed by Transit Railcar Technology Specialists and environmental conditions experienced are: Walking to and from inspection sites and from subway car to subway car, making visual inspections, climbing and descending from ladders and stairs, standing for extended periods of time, distinguishing colors, reading gauges and prints, bending and stooping during inspections, climbing around and over various objects, working outdoors occasionally in all kinds of weather, and operating a computer lap-top.  A valid driver’s license is required for this job.


Education and Experience:

1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, plus: 

a. Two years of full-time satisfactory experience performing one of the following:

i. Specialized work reviewing the design of railcars of moderate

complexity; or

ii. Supervising and inspecting the installation of electronic and/or electro-

mechanical railcar components; or

iii. Preparing plans and technical specifications for railcar equipment

subsystems; and 


b. Four years of full-time satisfactory experience as a fully trained mechanic in one or a combination of the following fields:

i. Railroad power-operated railcar engineering and repair; or

ii. Supervision of railcar maintenance, manufacture, or installation; or 


2. A four year vocational/technical high school diploma with a major sequence of courses in electrical, mechanical or electronic technology, or a closely related field, plus two years of full-time satisfactory experience described in "1 (a)" above and three years of the full-time satisfactory experience described in "1 (b)" above; or 


3. An associate degree from an accredited college or university with a major sequence of courses in electrical, mechanical, civil, transportation or computer engineering or electrical/electronic technology, plus two years of the full-time satisfactory experience described in "1 (a)" above, and two years of the full-time satisfactory experience described in "1 (b)" above; or 


4. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major sequence of courses as described in "3" above, plus two years of the full-time satisfactory experience described in "1 (a)" above; or


5. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the major fields described in “3” above, plus one year of the full-time satisfactory experience described in “1 (a)” above.


Desired Skills:

  • Ability to complete assigned tasks on time with limited supervision.
  • Ability to visit field locations on a 24-hour, 7-day/week basis.
  • Thorough knowledge of all DCE rules, safety protocols, and procedures.
  • Thorough geographical knowledge of all DCE shops and locations.
  • Willing and able to interact with service delivery and public riding customers.
  • Operate and maintain non-revenue transit vehicles.



Selection Method:

Based on evaluation of education, skills, experience, and interview.


All appointments, with the exception of the Department of Subways employees on MABSTOA payroll, will be made on the NYCT payroll.


Other Information:

Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).


Equal Employment Opportunity:

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.


The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.

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