ERT Specialist ( Track)

Mar 16, 2023
Mar 25, 2023
Full Time

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

  • Must have performed satisfactorily the duties of a Track Equipment Operator, Track Walker/Inspector, Structural Repairer or Track Repairer for a period of not less than three (3) years.
  • Must be able to successfully qualify for Roadway Protection Certification Level IV within 90 days of being hired and maintain for duration of employment.

  • Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) certification and Motor Vehicle license.

  • Experience in responding to track related emergencies in a Transit or Commuter Rail system.

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.


Provides emergency response in order to assess and stabilize unforeseen situations while ensuring the safety of WMATA's patrons and employees. Troubleshoots various emergency conditions in efforts to reduce costly revenue service disruptions by making repairs to safety critical track components. Makes every reasonable effort to restore normal revenue service in a timely manner.

  • Performs and documents an inventory of tools and materials at the beginning of each shift.
  • Responds quickly to calls received from MOC dispatching the crew to a specified location and documents timelines.
  • Transports ERT personnel by driving the response vehicle to emergency locations as assigned by the ERT supervisor.
  • Inspects track components in order to determine the appropriate corrective maintenance in efforts to restore normal revenue service in a safe and timely manner. Responds to emergencies ranging from a missing bolt to a cracked rail on aerials, direct fixation, ballasted, yard and/or mainline tracks.
  • Supports the ERT supervisor by confirming third rail power status and establishing the setup of the work location which allows track inspections and track maintenance work to be performed safely based on the nature of the emergency response incident.
  • Performs track maintenance work using prescribed tools for the specific maintenance application associated with the actual response. This includes removing, installing and securing technical track components while exacting tolerances in accordance with WMATA's Track Standards in order to reduce and/or eliminate any risk factors.

  • Attends all safety briefings conducted by the Emergency Response Team (ERT) supervisor and scheduled training to include Roadway Worker Protection Certification in order to maintain proper safety compliance.
  • Performs and repair work in subways, on aerials and on ballasted track during revenue service and single track operations.

The essential duties 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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