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Master Mechanic

Job ID: 7793
Business Unit: Long Island Rail Road
Location: Queens, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: MU Car Shop
Date Posted: Jul 16, 2024


Title:                                 Master Mechanic            

Department:                     Maintenance of Equipment                     

Post Date:                        06/30/2024             

Close Date:                      07/15/2024                 

Hay Point Evaluation:      789                 

Salary Range:                  $108,265-$162,398

Position Classification:    Safety Sensitive             

Location:                          Various                 

Reports To:                       Deputy General Manager/Superintendent               

This is a Non-Represented Position.

This position is eligible for telework. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.

Please note that this position has been designated as a “Policy Maker” pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law and the MTA Code of Ethics.  As such, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement that will be provided to you by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.


Responsible for directing and managing the activities of General Foremen who manage line supervision in maintenance, car cleaning, inspection and running repair activities and oversee all activities of workforce. In addition, this position is also responsible for handling all personnel, administrative and labor/union matters, addressing discipline and developing and managing budget activities. Must be able and available to continuously work various shifts, holidays and weekends to support a 24/7 operation.


  • Direct and supervise the activities of General Foremen and oversee all activities of maintenance, car cleaning, inspection and running repair of the rolling stock consistent with the needs of service as well as FRA/CFR regulations.
  • Manage personnel, administrative and labor issues within jurisdiction. Act as a charging official in disciplinary situations. Oversee and initiate disciplinary charges and enforce the carrier’s policies and procedures.  Participate in the formulation of grievance responses, disciplinary actions up to termination and assess discipline decisions.  Participate in the development of the budget and manages budget activities.
  • Evaluate and oversee all maintenance, repair and inspection activities to identify training, tooling or other needs.  Analyze daily train performance reports and identify failure trends.  When needed, re-align maintenance or operational practices to address failure trend. Ensure appropriate level of staff to accomplish goals, prioritize work of staff and ensure labor rules and company policy are adhered to and enforced.  Develop budgetary needs to accomplish goals, establish goals for areas under jurisdiction. 
  • Provide technical expertise and recommend appropriate course of action to pertinent departments regarding the movement of equipment.
  • Assist in long-range planning activities for capital projects, facilities, machinery and materials. Ensure appropriate level of staffing resources are provided within budgetary restraints.
  • Ensure a safe working environment and adherence to guidelines of company safety policies and procedures. Lead by example.  Provide a safe, reliable fleet to LIRR customers.
  • Perform other assignments as requested by Senior Management.
  • Select, develop and motivate personnel within the department. Provide career development for subordinates. Provide prompt and effective coaching and counseling. Enforce discipline/termination of employees when necessary. Review direct reports and approve performance appraisals. Promote safe work practices and provide safe working conditions. Create a professional environment that respects individual differences and enables all employees to develop and contribute to their full potential.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technologically generic field, such as, but not limited to: Industrial Management, Engineering, Business or related field. Demonstrated, directly related, equivalent experience and education may be considered in lieu of the degree, subject to approval.
  • In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree, a candidate can be chosen if (s)he possesses minimum of 10 years demonstrated technical experience in an Industrial or related field, 5 of which must be demonstrated managerial or front-line supervisory experience in an Industrial or related field.
  • Must possess progressively responsible mechanical equipment-related experience demonstrating responsibility for managing employees (represented and management) in a large, complex, unionized organization.
  • Must possess prior experience managing a function/project with budget management/development responsibility.
  • Must possess strong administrative, planning, scheduling and computer skills.
  • Must possess experience handling related labor and personnel issues, evaluating the performance of employees, and addressing discipline when necessary.
  • Must possess solid technical (electrical and mechanical) and practical experience including familiarity with rolling stock equipment including MUs, locomotives and push-pull units, diesel-hauled passenger cars and freight equipment, FRA and other regulations relating to car maintenance and maintenance operations.
  • Must possess extensive knowledge of railroad operations and railcar maintenance activities at all levels of responsibility. Must have a good understanding of the operational needs of the LIRR.
  • Must possess demonstrated effective communications and human relation skills, with ability to professionally deal with all levels of the organization.
  • Must possess effective management, leadership, problem-solving, decision-making, and judgment skills.
  • Must possess working knowledge of shop craft collective bargaining agreements.
  • Must possess the ability to deal with Unions, Federal, State, and local agencies as well as the public.

Other Information:

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the position, the selection process may include, but is not limited to a pre-screening assessment (i.e., physical, written and/ or practical evaluation) and interview. Candidates forfeit further consideration in the process if they fail to participate in any step of the process when scheduled. Make up dates/times will not be given. In addition, LIRR employee applicants must be in their current position for the 12 months immediately preceding the close date of this posting and must possess a satisfactory work history, including attendance and discipline record. A record of more than ten sick days without medical documentation in two of the last three years is considered unsatisfactory attendance.  Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process.  A medical examination and safety-sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required.

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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