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Trackworker

Job ID: 7707
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Various, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: System Production Forces
Date Posted: Jun 17, 2024

Description

POSTING NO.

 2607

JOB TITLE:

Trackworker

DEPT/DIV:

M of W

WORK LOCATION:

Various

FULL/PART TIME

FULL

 

 

Opening

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.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES
Install, repair, maintain, and inspect all portions of track including rail, ties, switches, and insulated joints

THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Prepare track for installation of ties using manual tools such as ballast fork and
  • Remove and replace track components (e.g., ties, rails, bars) using manual tools
    and power tools (e.g., sledgehammer, lining bar, lag gun).
  • Operate gas, hydraulic, and electric tools to maintain track structure.
  • Drill holes through rails for insertion of bolts using rail drills.
  • Secure ties and rail using power and manual tools.
  • Cut and install rail using an abrasion saw.
  • Load, unload, and transport material, tools, and equipment (e.g., ties, trackjack, laggun) to and from work site.
  • Repair defects in tracks as directed.
  • Clean and maintain equipment used to perform track work.
  • Lubricate switches with oil.
  • Erect speed signs and working limits stop signs as directed.
  • Pick up debris along right-of-way and in yards.
  • Cleanup work site.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING

  • Written test, structured interview, physical abilities test.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD

  • 120 Days

TRAINING

  • Must successfully complete all applicable federally mandated and MNR safety and operation training. Training involves classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
  • Must become Roadway Worker qualified.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have a High School Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and
  • Must have a minimum of one (1) year of full-time experience involving manual labor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Valid motor vehicle driver’s license.
  • Valid commercial driver’s license.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES

  • Operation and control skills, operation monitoring skills, equipment maintenance skills, troubleshooting skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, skilled in coordinating work, repairing skills, active listening skills, judgment and decision making skills, time management skills, reading comprehension skills, oral and written comprehension ability, ability to perform basic mathematical calculations quickly and correctly, ability to identify and, correct problems, ability to quickly respond to signal, mechanical knowledge, lift tools and materials weight up to 75 pounds.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must obtain and maintain necessary qualifications (e.g., roadway worker)
    Must be able to use a company vehicle to access various work sites.

Rate of pay

The starting rate for this position is $23.83/hour (65% of the full rate). The annual wage progression scale is as follows:  Year 1=65% > Year 2=70% > Year 3=75% > Year 4=80% > Year 5=90% > Year 6=100%. The 100% full rate of pay is $36.66/hour.

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

MNR Health Insurance & Vacation

As a full-time employee, you are eligible for the following health and welfare benefits.

Our benefits program provides flexibility, protection, and value through:

  • Health care benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Welfare Benefits, including basic and optional life, dependent life, basic and optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance.
  • Disability benefits.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, including a Health Care Account and Dependent Care Account.
  • Retirement benefits, including a retirement plan, 401(k) and 457 savings plans.


Seniority

New employees will establish seniority in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the union representing Trackworkers, in accordance with the union's current collective bargaining agreement.

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


Assignments

Must have the ability to work various hours, days, shifts, and locations throughout Metro-North territory.


Other Information

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

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”).

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. 


DETAILS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Pushing and pulling ability required to use, move, inspect, and repair materials and equipment.
  • Ability to climb on and off ladders and track machinery to inspect and repair track and to use equipment.
  • Ability to walk long distances (up to 2 miles) on uneven surfaces while navigating tracks and yard while carrying tools to access various field locations on or about the right of way.
  • Ability to regularly lift/carry tools, material, and equipment weighing up to 55 lbs. (e.g., track jack, claw bar, lining bar, nut runner, joint bar, lag gun, rail saw, etc.) and occasionally up to 75 lbs. (e.g., keg of spikes, ties, etc.).
  • Ability to crouch, reach, and bend when inspecting equipment and track work.

 

DETAILS OF WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Must be able to work various days, shifts and locations.
  • Must be available to be on call for assignments.
  • Works outside exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Works around moving machinery (e.g., trains, equipment).
  • Works at heights up to 200 ft. from the ground and above water when performing work on bridges and viaducts.
  • Works mostly with others; Must also be able to work independently.


Selection Criteria

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. 

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

 

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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