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Maintenance Planner

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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Oct 5, 2023

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General Hybrid Work Statement:

This opportunity is a hybrid opportunity allowing for flexibility between virtual and in-person work subject to the Authority's telework policy.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or related engineering field.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a High School Diploma or GED and four (4) years of experience in an electrical or mechanical maintenance role will be considered.

  • Possession of a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License

  • Five (5) years of practical experience in an electrical or mechanical maintenance role which includes experience in administrative maintenance management, maintenance principles and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) (i.e. practical experience served as a maintenance supervisor or maintenance planner and/or scheduler).

  • Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification

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 Maintenance Planner performs asset maintenance planning for assigned WMATA maintenance departments and contributes to improving the execution of maintenance control processes. Responsibilities include developing, configuring and modifying a complete scope of maintenance job plans, containing schedules, labor, work packs, procedures, tools, materials and equipment. Works with engineering offices to provide planning, scheduling, technical and document management support. Assists in the implementation of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) programs for all applicable maintenance departments. In addition, the Maintenance Planner supports departments with the administration of the Computer Maintenance Management System (i.e. Maximo) for their assigned department. The incumbent is generally, assigned work of an intermediate to complex nature, and receives guidance from the Senior Maintenance Planner or Manager on the most complex matters.

  • Works, with minimal assistance, to develop scopes of work, resource requirements, and parts requirements to complete preventive and corrective maintenance tasks in a safe, compliant, efficient, and effective manner.
  • Ensures that Work Orders are properly generated, planned, and closed within WMATA's Computerized Maintenance Management System (Maximo) to maintain an accurate workorder backlog that maintenance can efficiently work from.
  • Works with managers and supervisors within assigned maintenance departments regarding the scope of job plans to secure the necessary manpower and resources for effective production and maintenance outcomes
  • Collaborates with maintenance departments to establish job plan timelines and goals to determine and arrange required shop work in order to minimize downtime and interruptions to normal operations.
  • Performs short- and long-range planning activities, including regular analysis of corrective maintenance (CM) and preventive maintenance (PM) backlogs to balance and sustain a proactive, preventive/predictive maintenance program.
  • Supports senior planners with periodically collecting and analyzing preventive maintenance work orders to inform stakeholders of compliance, related to statutory inspections and maintenance.
  • Supports department Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS) (i.e. Maximo) SME's with technical or procedural guidance to ensure accurate asset configuration, work order management, and execution of work campaigns.

  • Creates maintenance job plans for WMATA's vehicles, sub-systems, components and support equipment within Maximo, allowing for the proper execution of maintenance activities including.
  • Manages work order backlog to effectively prioritize work and optimize execution efficiency.
  • Updates maintenance procedures within CMMS as necessary based on the review of equipment work order history and failure analysis to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of established maintenance job plans.
  • Responds to inquiries made by Authority stakeholders related to asset history, periodic inspections, and compliance to assist in identifying trends and making recommendations to improve safety.
  • Visits the field to assure that all job plan steps are being complied with.
  • Prepares maintenance job plan projections for budget planning purposes.
  • Works closely with Maintenance Schedulers to optimize the maintenance schedules of a job plan.
  • Serves as backup and support for Maintenance Planners responsible for other operational areas when they are absent due to vacation, sickness, or special projects.
  • Trains other staff members in work methods and procedures.

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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