Rail Transit Training Instructor

Washington D.C.
Jan 17, 2019
Feb 01, 2019
Full Time
Job Description


Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.  A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible and successful experience in train and station operations.  Experience in implementing training, learning activities or training program elements preferred.  Demonstrated previous project management or learning organization skills preferred. Must have strong communication skills, written and verbal, and organizational skills. Documented and demonstrated experience working with adult learners either in an adult classroom, practical field situation or learning laboratory environment.  Previous supervisory experience such as lead person, acting supervisor, utility supervisor or supervisor is preferred.  Training experience may include technical school certification in adult training. Some demonstrated and documented experience in resolving training problems with creativity andsensitivity to organization and employee training needs. Ability to successfully complete internal or external training instructor certification program.

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.


This is responsible technical training work of a difficult nature involving adult learning and teaching principles to include development, analysis, research, presentation, assessment of classroom, on-the-job and hands-on training for Rail Supervisors, Train Operators, Interlocking Operators, Station Managers, Depot Clerks, Operations Control Center Supervisors, Communication Operations Specialists and Car Maintenance personnel in the RTRA’s Office of Rail Training and Instruction Branch.  The incumbent is responsible for providing quality academic and practical instruction to adult learners while demonstrating the ability to assess performance, evaluate progress and recommend passing, failure, or additional training for students under his/her direction throughout the course of study.  This position has considerable latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines.


Facilitates the presentation of training for both classroom and practical instruction using a variety of instructional techniques and formats such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussion, video and lectures.

Performs a variety of pre-training activities, to include: planning, organizing, coordinating, conducting student orientations and familiarization interviews; scheduling all required training activities for course, module and lesson plan; review, revise and schedule assessments and evaluations; validating dates regarding potential trainees and reviewing personnel files.

Organizes, develops, evaluates and uses course outline/lesson plans, conducts classroom and hands-on training for Rail Supervisors, Train Operators, Interlocking Operators, Station Managers, Depot Clerks, Operations Control Center Supervisors, Communication Operations Specialists and Car Maintenance personnel. Prepares and orders materials for classroom training, checking equipment for operational readiness.

Supervises, monitors and instructs students use of tools and equipment in both real and simulated environments to include stations, yard and mainline operations, roadway protection, third rail safety, transit car washing operations, and troubleshooting, equipment preparations, communication procedures, and train recovery/rescue procedures, to build a safety culture through complete understanding of the compliance with all Authority rules and procedures. Conducts training sessions to teach and demonstrate principles, techniques, procedures, or methods to include compliance courses.

Demonstrates functionality of application and software, basic software training program, manages training schedules, creates training tools such as instructor guides, student guides and user manuals in a professional written or computerized format.

Determines training needs of students and develops alternative training methods if expected improvements are not seen.  Provides individualized instruction and tutorial or remedial instruction if needed.

Maintains and improves subject matter expertise in adult learning and new technologies relative to RTRA systems and equipment.  Integrates changes to improve lessons plans adult training techniques, i.e., lecture method, lecture and demonstration, student participation and demonstration, use of mock-ups and simulators, questions and answers, student testing and training curriculum on a timely manner.

Transfers knowledge and skills to new and current employees critical to the safety of all employees and customer using the rail system.

Supervises students while they are under the control of Rail Training Instruction. Ensures compliance with WMATA directives, Metrorail Safety Rules and Procedure handbook, time accountability and complaint resolution.

Acts as expert witness for the Authority in litigation.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.  It is not intended to limit in any way the right of 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:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • 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.