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Automatic Train Control Technician

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Closing date
Oct 3, 2023

Job Details


ORDER OF PREFERENCE: The selection for Maintenance and Construction is made on the basis of fitness and ability with preference given to: Maintenance and Construction District, System-Wide (L689), Authority-Wide and external candidates, respectively.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Satisfactory completion of an acceptable vocational school and/or training course in basic electronics and electro-mechanics.


Twelve (12) months following the achievement of a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), an incumbent will only advance to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed all required written or practical tests, acquired all required certifications and has met acceptable fitness for duty, work record and is able to demonstrate all job performance requirements
  • Level D
    • Entry Level - Mechanic Helper - No Experience required
  • Level C
    • Must have one (1) year of experience as a Mechanic Helper or related role
  • Level B
    • Must have one (1) year of experience as a Mechanic C or related role
  • Level A
    • Must have one (1) year of experience as a Mechanic B or related role
  • Level AA
    • Must have one (1) year of experience as a Mechanic A or related role

  • Valid District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia Motor Vehicle Operator's permit
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Level II Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) certificate
  • Must pass Authority's formal ATC training

  • Vocational or technical training in an accredited electronic/electro-mechanical course (such as STEM courses or military course)


The military occupational skills (MOS) or service occupational codes (SOC) that are most applicable to the Mechanical Helper position are listed below.


MOS/SOC and/or Military Function

US Army

14-Air Defense, 15-Aviation, 25- Communication, 91-Mechanical,

94- Electronic

US Air Force

3D- Cyberspace Support 2A- Aerospace Maintenance

2W- Munitions and Weapons

US Marines

06- Communication, 21- Ground Ordnance, 28- Ground Electronic,

59- Aviation, 60- Aircraft Maintenance , 63- Avionics

US Navy

AT- Aviation Electronic Tech, CTM- Cryptologic Tech, ET- Electronics

Tech, FC- Fire Controlman, FT- Fire Control Tech, GSE- Gas Turbine

Electrical, IC- Interior Communication, STS- Sonar Tech Submarine

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 servere weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

The Mechanic Automatic Train Control (ATC) supports a 24 hour/7 day a week Metrorail system, which may include hazardous areas such as wayside, tunnels and/or equipment rooms while rail service is underway. Incumbents respond to emergencies and perform routine maintenance and/or corrective repairs on ATC assets. The incumbent troubleshoots, maintains, installs and modifies mechanical, electrical, electronic, computerized and electro-mechanical yard and train control specialized and related devices and equipment; and maintains a documented records of all work performed.

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

Essential Functions
  • Performs preventive and unscheduled repairs, inspections, cleaning, testing, lubrication, adjustments and proper maintenance using TCR book of plans, wiring diagrams, schematics, operations manuals, regulatory codes and manufactures' maintenance instructions and uses specific types of ATC electronic test equipment and other specialized tools associated with job assignment, to ensure fully functional ATC equipment and in order to provide safe and reliable rail service.
  • Performs inventories of materials and truck inspections at the start and end of shifts to ensure necessary equipment and supplies are available to complete the shift work plan.
  • Assists in assigned ATC type renovation and/or installation work including Engineering Modification Instructions (EMIs) and safety bulletins to ensure fully functional ATC equipment and in order to provide safe and reliable rail service.
  • Assists in the completion of assigned operational, equipment failure, safety, and other reports as required using the Authority's Maintenance Management Information System(i.e.MAXIMO) to accurately and timely document conditions of ATC assets in the field.

Other Functions
  • Attends assigned on-the-job and formal training classes, to develop skills and knowledge necessary to maintain the Authority's ATC assets and complete the work in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Provides technical assistance and informal on-the-job training to Mechanic Helpers to ensure work is being completed according to standard
  • Assists more senior level mechanics in the performance of more difficult and complex tasks and supports lower level mechanics in completing assignment

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.


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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