Assistant Superintendent, ATC

Sep 14, 2023
Sep 24, 2023
Full Time
Are you a dynamic and motivated individual looking for a new opportunity? WMATA's Signals Maintenance team is currently seeking an ATC Assistant Superintendent to join our team. In this position, you will lead a group of supervisors and technicians responsible for evaluating, testing, commissioning, and maintaining the components and systems of our Automatic Train Control (ATC) signaling system.

As the Assistant Superintendent, your main responsibilities will include reviewing and approving train control preventive maintenance and inspections (PMI), engineering modifications (EMI), and temporary configurations plans (TCP), along with their associated test data. Additionally, you will be managing staff and projects, ensuring timely and accurate responses. You may also have the opportunity to develop statements of work, review proposals and specifications, and provide assistance with studies, long-term planning, and organization.

While excellent knowledge of current railroad and rapid transit signal and train control maintenance and test equipment would be preferred, it is not a requirement. However, having knowledge on how to effectively use test equipment to maintain a rapid transit system, understanding materials requirements and supplies used in rail signal maintenance (including failure rate and life expectancy), and the ability to rapidly acquire knowledge of WMATA's rules, regulations, and Labor Management procedures are essential.

In addition to your technical skills, experience in managing, supervising, and creating reports for presentations is highly valued. Proficiency in office software, especially Excel, and familiarity with digital data formats are crucial for success in this role. Your coordination, planning, and scheduling skills will also be put to good use. Knowledge of applicable standards and regulations, as well as experience working with diverse organizations or regulatory bodies, is preferred.

Join our team at WMATA and be a part of our mission to ensure the smooth operation and maintenance of our Automatic Train Control signaling system. Apply now to seize this exciting opportunity!

Minimum Qualifications :

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or a related field. Extensive experience in supervision, operation maintenance and training in railway signaling and train control systems.

Or, an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Possess a valid Maryland, Virginia, or District of Columbia motor vehicle license from jurisdiction of residence.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this class.

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.

Job Summary/Duties:

This is administrative, technical, maintenance and supervisory work of a difficult nature. Employee in this class is responsible for assisting in organizing, coordinating and directing the Authority's Automatic Train Control (ATC) operating and maintenance plan, establishment of the ATC operating and safety procedures, as well as coordination of support facilities operating procedures. Employee has latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines. Employee is supervised by the Superintendent, Automatic Train Control

Directs the Construction, Inspection, Test and Material Control activities of the Section.

Assists in supervising the installation, testing, pre-operation systems check-out and the operating maintenance and management of the ATC system.

Assists in planning and programming the purchase of ATC maintenance materials, and the distribution and storage functions in coordination with the maintenance information plan.

Assists in establishing and overseeing the ATC Training Program correlating it with the RAIL technical Training Plan.

Assists in preparation of annual plans and long range forecasts of ATC activities relative to engineering design changes, installation and operation, including appropriate budgetary needs.

Conducts frequent field inspections to observe operations, maintenance, training and troubleshooting procedures. Inspects equipmnet rooms to ensure a high state of cleanliness exists and that storage and preservation are maintained. Submits written report on conditions found, observations of training, cleanliness, storage and personnel performance.

Periodically performs the duties of the Assistant Superintendent, Maintenance Operation Center.

Reviews operating and maintenance records and develops additional preventive maintenance procedures.

Assists in evaluating complaints and grievances with supervisors, employees or their representatives and attempts resolution in accordance with sound employee-relations practices.

Works variable hours and shifts.

Performs other duties as required.

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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