Supervisor Technical Skills Training

Washington D.C.
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 29, 2018
Management, Trainer
Full Time
Job Description

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Vocational Training, Human Resources Development.  A minimum of six (6) years progressively responsible experience in administration of a major diversified training and employee development activity involving development and evaluation of transportation related training programs, preferably with maintenance and apprentice programs.  Strong written and verbal communication and organizational skills.

Or, an equivalent combination of post-high school education and more than 8 years experience in administration of a major diversified training and employee development activity involving development and evaluation of transportation related training programs, preferably with maintenance and apprentice programs.


Possession of, or the ability to rapidly obtain a District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia Motor Vehicle Operator’s License with Commercial Drivers License  endorsement from the jurisdiction of residence.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this classification.  The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this job, either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Job Summary/Duties:

This is supervisory and professional training management work involving the effective assessment of training needs, efficient design, and timely implementation  of craft skills training for entry level, maintenance personnel, and others.  Employee is responsible for creating comprehensive professional development training programs to meet the needs of BUS, RAIL, Systems Maintenance (SMNT), Track and Structures  (TRST), and Plant Maintenance (PLNT) Departments.  Employee reviews training requirements for annual budget development, monitors expenditures, supervises labs, and serves as advisor to internal training committees.  Employee has considerable latitude for independent judgment and action within general guidelines established by the Manager, Operations Training.

Effectively manages and directs comprehensive Technical Skills Training Program (TSTP) for BUS,  RAIL, SMNT, PLNT, and TRST maintenance training to include training assessment, curricula development, training aids development, and training presentations.  Ensures that activities are accomplished safely, economically and in conformance with assigned mission and goals.

Develops, implements, and evaluates training standards and programs pertaining to  initial qualification of maintenance interns and maintenance technicians.  Participates in development of effective standard operating procedures and coordinates with jurisdictional motor vehicle departments for proper licensing of candidates.              

Responsible for establishment and implementation of comprehensive maintenance training programs through new and innovative methods of instruction (i.e., Simulator and Interactive Video). 

Ensures that training and program analysis, milestones, technical reviews, and statistical data are appropriately documented and maintained.

Supervises training staff to include  recommending applicant selection, assigning duties, directing work, approving leave requests,  disciplinary actions, resolution of grievances, and ensuring that appropriate training is provided.

Determines appropriate action involving serious employee problems and disciplinary action within established Authority procedures and guidelines and union agreements, or referral to Employee Assistance Programs.

Establishes subordinate work plans against which they will be measured, and conducts performance evaluations based upon these work plans.

Develops, administers, and implements effective employee selection and promotional examinations.    Reviews promotional eligibility standards and supervises  transfer and promotion of maintenance personnel.  Ensures compliance with Federal regulations and guidelines, and Authority policy.

Directs the activities of Training Instructors, schedules classroom and performance training assignments, and evaluates/critiques instructor performance.

Supervises activities such as job, task, and needs analyses, skill assessment evaluations, test validity, and reliability studies through formal and informal processes.  Ensures that programs are responsive to the needs of the Authority.

Develops effective training policies and guidelines for operating employees and unit staff.  Ensures that services provided are responsive to the needs of the Authority.

Identifies training needs and recommends cost-effective resources, educational courses, instructional media programs and vendor provided training.  Ensures that current modifications and/or new equipment are incorporated into instruction.

Manages contract training to include development of specifications, review and approval of deliverables, scheduling, coordinating, and monitoring of training.

Supervises effective development and implementation of training manuals, lesson plans, evaluation processes, testing instruments, simulators, mock-ups, and training media.  Conducts seminars, workshops, and long term training programs as needed.

Prepares semiannual, annual and other periodic reports.

Prepares and administers operational and capital budgets.  Forecasts long term training budget and staff requirements, making appropriate recommendations.  

Establishes management objectives, develops performance indicators and maintains workload measures to evaluate progress toward achievement of the objectives.  Serves as an internal management consultant on an as needed basis. 

Assists Manager, Operations Training in managing the overall operations of the training branch, and representing the branch in its relations with other Authority offices.

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:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

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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