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Job ID: 3501
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Various, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Harmon Shop
Date Posted: Jan 8, 2024





Human Resources

Job Posting                            



POSTING NO.:                 3501

JOB TITLE:                       Carman

DEPT/DIV:                        M of E

LOCATION:                  Various

Full/Part Time:                  Full



Application Deadline: Until Filled




MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal.  We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut.  A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service and rewarding opportunities to its employees.



CARMEN are responsible for maintaining, inspecting, repairing and modifying mechanical equipment on rail rolling stock.


  • Inspects, maintains, and repairs car body components on all rail rolling stock. including but not limited to: car body Interior and exterior, seats, floors, windows, windshields, trucks, and wheels 
  • Installs all carbody glazing (windows) on rail rolling stock.
  • Performs periodic visual inspections of train components in accordance with Federal, State and local regulations to repair or replace any defective or worn mechanical parts
  • Items inspected and repaired on the rolling stock include but are not limited to safety devices, wheels, truck components, traction mechanisms, etc.
  • Operates support equipment (e.g., crane, car and truck hoists, truck movers, etc.) while performing inspections, repairs, and maintenance as needed
  • Inspects, repairs, and maintains air brake systems on passenger equipment to include pneumatic operating units, valves, and car suspensions  
  • Installs mechanical train car modifications in accordance with manufacturer specifications and instructions
  • Applies paint stenciling, lettering, and train decals on car bodies in accordance with American Association of Railroads and to meet Federal Railroad Administration's Code of Federal Regulations
  • Completes required information tracking and documents to comply with Metro-North, State and Federal requirements
  • Performs welding on components and equipment related to passenger rolling stock.
  • References written documents (e.g. operating or manufacturing manuals) while troubleshooting or maintaining equipment
  • Performs other duties as assigned 


  • Must successfully complete Metro-North Carman training program to qualify for position.
  • Training includes classroom instruction and on-the-job-training
  • Additional training may be required for consideration of specialized Carman positions



  • Must have High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) AND
  • Completion of vocation or apprentice training as a Machinist or Mechanic OR two years of experience as a Mechanic (building maintenance - generators, automotive mechanic, aircraft and submarines, etc.) or Carpenter (wood working or cabinetry etc.)


  • Prior experience repairing, installing, or maintaining heavy equipment such as automobiles or aircrafts
  • Familiarity with the basic operation of mechanical equipment and how components work in conjunction with each other


  • Burning and/or welding qualifications required for certain C, D, E, and F-Rate positions
  • Must become and maintain Qualified Maintenance Personnel (QMP) qualification
  • Hearing conservation may be needed for some positions


  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations; reading comprehension ability; interpersonal skills; customer service oriented
  • Skilled in exercising independent judgment; Ability to anticipate and analyze problems and take corrective actions
  • Must be able to evaluate a situation to make decisions and work under pressure;
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task; must be able to function effectively under changing priorities
  • Must be safety conscious
  • Mechanical aptitude; knowledge of hand tools and power tools and their appropriate use;
  • Ability to work in teams; ability to follow instructions; attention to detail; ability to troubleshoot mechanical errors and take corrective action
  • Problem solving skills; ability and willingness to learn and operating and safety rules
  • Familiarity with schematics, and diagrams 




Rate of Pay

For the duration of the training program, approximately (5) months, the rate of pay is as follows: $21.96

Once graduated from the training program, the annual wage progression scale is as follows: Year 1= $25.13 > Year 2= $25.13 > Year 3= $26.92 > Year 4= $28.72 > Year 5= $30.51 > Year 6= $35.90

This salary is non-negotiable, based on the TWU Collective Bargaining Agreement.

An exception may be granted for a journeyman rate to anyone who:

  • Possesses a minimum of (4) years of experience performing verifiable mechanic's work. 

For those approved for a journeyman rate, the wage progression scale is as follows: Year 1= $28.72 > Year 2 = $30.51 > Year 3= $35.90



New employees will establish seniority in the Transportation Workers Union (TWU), the union representing Carmen, in accordance with the union's current collective bargaining agreement.

Members of TWU are subject to an initiation fee and monthly membership dues.




Must be able and willing to work various shifts, Metro-North locations, and days. 



This is a federally regulated position subject to both pre-employment and continuous random toxicological screening.

As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $108,638.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.

Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.


  • Must be able to lift and carry tools and materials weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to climb ladders and steps to board equipment
  • Crouching, crawling, and maneuvering in tight areas to maintain passenger seats and equipment
  • Talking and hearing ability required to communicate with coworkers and supervisors 


  • Must be able to work on trains inside various maintenance shops, and in the yard and on tracks during inclement weather
  • Exposed to hazmat material such as: WD-40 and traction motor lubricant on mechanical components glue and rubbing alcohol for removing frayed or damaged train decals Works in close proximity of moving equipment
  • Works at heights up to 15 ft. from the ground while performing work on top of elevated train trucks


Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.

Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at





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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.


MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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