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Mechanic Technician- AFCS

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Mar 20, 2023

Job Details

  • High school diploma or possession of a general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Successful completion of vocation or technical studies from an accredited institution in Electronics, Electro-mechanical technology, Computer Hardware, and/or Information Technology to include maintenance and repair of digital and analog circuitry

Twelve (12) months after an employee achieves a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), he/she shall advance to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed the required written and practical test(s), acquired the applicable certifications and has met the other requirements, including fitness for duty, work record, and job performance requirements.
  • Level D (Helper)
    • Successful completion of studies from an accredited institution in Electronics, Electro- mechanical technology, Computer Hardware, and/or Information Technology to include maintenance and repair of digital and analog circuitry
  • Level C
    • A minimum of one (1) year of experience in electronics and electro-mechanical repair involving AFCS, or related equipment
  • Level B
    • A minimum two (2) years of experience in electronics and electro-mechanics repair involving AFCS or related equipment, to include maintenance of digital and analog circuitry
  • Level A
    • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in the repair, maintenance, troubleshooting, alignment, and installation of AFCS equipment. Experience in the maintenance and repair of complex digital circuitry, microprocessors and magnetic encoding equipment
  • Level AA
    • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in the repair, maintenance, troubleshooting, alignment, and installation of AFCS equipment is required. Experience in the maintenance and repair of complex digital circuitry, microprocessors, and magnetic encoding equipmen
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Driver's License and maintained for the duration of time in the job
  • College degree in Electronics, Electro-mechanical technology, Computer Hardware, and/or Information Technology
  • Technical Certification/Licenses in Electronics, Electro-mechanical technology, Computer Hardware, and/or Information Technology

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.
The Mechanic Technician, AFCS locates malfunctions and performs maintenance tasks on electronic, electrical, electro-mechanical, and mechanical equipment, including but not limited to Fare Gates, Fare Vendors, Exit-fare, and Station Operation Consoles. The incumbent follows a prescribed sequence of operations using designated applicable diagrams, manufacturer's specifications, equipment manuals, and appropriate regulatory codes. Assignments are performed within a shop/field environment following specified instructions, time limits, and acceptable quality of work while detailing results.

Job Levels: At each successive grade level of this job (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), the incumbent is expected to demonstrate increased, distinguishing levels of proficiency and efficiency in knowledge, skills and abilities when performing the assigned duties and essential functions described in this job description

"AA Lead" Level: In addition to independently performing the most complex aspects of the duties and essential functions described, the incumbent is responsible for ensuring work responsibilities of a group or team are properly completed in a timely manner .
  • Performs inspections, repairs, adjustments, testing, troubleshooting, cleaning, lubrication, upgrades, installations, and/or preventive, scheduled, unscheduled corrective maintenance on assigned Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) equipment in accordance with wiring diagrams, schematics, operation manuals, and manufacturer's maintenance instructions. Troubleshoots and tests AFCS systems, subsystems, components and equipment using precision measuring instruments, such as meggers, multi-meters and oscilloscopes to test align, adjust, and calibrate circuits as required.
  • Observes mechanical, electro-mechanical, and electronic systems and components in operation to detect potential failures or locate source of malfunctions.
  • Dismantles devices and removes and replaces defective parts. Inspects used parts and equipment for changes in calibration, dimensional requirements and manufacturers' specifications. Tests and calibrates systems and equipment to ensure proper system operations using test equipment or precision measuring instruments.
  • Implements Engineering Modification Instructions (EMI) and Maintenance Service Instructions (MSI) to Automatic Fare Collection equipment, electrical, electro-mechanical, and mechanical systems.
  • Performs new component acceptance testing.
  • Completes required documentation and reports for the repair and maintenance of automatic fare collection equipment and related components, using the proper forms, tags, or enters data into the Maintenance Database System.
  • Requisitions parts from the supply room as required.
  • Performs all tasks and assignments within the established safety practices and maintenance guidelines.
  • Attends on-the-job and formal training classes; assists mechanics in higher classifications in their assignments or provides job-specific training to mechanics in lower classifications.
  • Responds to, and provides assistance in, emergencies or incidents such as emergency snow removal.
  • May operate Authority vehicles between work locations.

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.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Metro has earned a worldwide reputation for security and architectural beauty. WMATA is clearly the employer of choice for over 10,000 area residents. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National Capital area. Construction of the Metrorail system began in 1969. Four area bus systems were acquired in 1973. The first phase of Metrorail began operation in 1976. The final leg of the original 103-mile rail network was completed in early 2001. Metrorail now operates 83 stations. One line extension and three new stations are now under construction.

Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Overall, about 40 percent of the region's residents commute to work on Metro.

Metro and the federal government are partners in transportation. Half of the 83 Metrorail stations serve federal facilities and 36 percent of the local federal workforce uses Metro. We are committed to being an integral part of the Washington metropolitan area by ensuring the best in safe, reliable, cost-effective and responsive transit services, by promoting regional mobility and by contributing toward the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. Employees are Metro.; We are committed to providing a working environment that fosters a high standard of performance, recognition for contributions and innovations, mutual respect and a healthy quality of life.

We are committed to developing ourselves through technology, training and education. We recognize our diversity as a source of strength that enables us to attain individual and Authority goals. In addition to competitive salaries, Metro employees enjoy a number of attractive benefits. These benefits include paid time off in the form of vacations, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental, life insurances as well as long term disability. Retirement is planned for through a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. Alternative work schedules, teleworking and free transportation on Metrorail and Metrobus make for an great benefits package for WMATA employees.Jump to our website to apply online for current openings and save the link for future vacancies as they occur.



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