Power Desk Controller

May 24, 2022
Jun 01, 2022
Full Time

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • A minimum two 2 years of electrical construction, maintenance and/or design experience

  • Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) certified within 6 months of hire
  • Certified Power Desk Controller within one (1) year of hire

  • Vocational Training in Electrical maintenance
  • Certified Electrician
  • Associate's degree in Electrical/Electronic Technology or similar discipline

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation:

In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.


The Power Desk Coordinator (PDC) monitors, from the Operations Control Center, rail-related power distribution and computerized equipment throughout the entire system, to include Remote Terminal Units (RTU), Advanced Information Management System (AIMS), alarms and feeder statuses, and provides technical guidance and detail direction to field power maintenance teams in diagnosing and troubleshooting problems affecting service delivery. The incumbent facilitates the timely accomplishment of maintenance activities through detailed tasks direction; ensures proper maintenance data management, processing and administration, and the timely resolution of potential service interruptions. The PDC has direct control for de-energizing and energizing traction power to the system and for coordinating power-related activities with local utility providers.

  • Monitors the power distribution systems and rail computer systems, to include RTUs, AIMs, alarms, and feeder status. Ensures uninterrupted power supply to rail system and facilities.
  • Monitors the train control display board and radio operations to determine the status of revenue operations, traction power system and the facilities support system.
  • Provides technical guidance in diagnosing and troubleshooting service-affecting problems.
  • Expeditiously restores power for both rail propulsion and stations. (Critical Systems)
  • Dispatches and provides technical work guidance to power crews and power supervisors responding to problems that impact service.
  • Acts as liaison between Track, Maintenance Operations Center (MOC), Operations Control Center (OCC) and any other field forces to ensure proper communication through all disciplines on power maintenance or outages.
  • De-energizes and energizes traction power on the railroad and ensures it is done so according to all policies, procedures and safety standards.
  • Redistributes traction power as required to ensure adequacy of supply; changes the status of the traction power system for planned or unscheduled maintenance.
  • Coordinates with local utility companies to ensure proper documentation for planning and ensures proper notifications to all departments of planned and emergency outages from utility company.
  • Issues work orders, power switching orders, and power outage tags and creates incidents for investigation, ensuring proper policies and procedures are followed during these activities.
  • Accurately analyzes fault conditions and interprets schematics, wiring diagrams and related technical documentation to ensure the appropriate assignment of maintenance personnel and the proper execution of corrective actions.

The functions listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law. This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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