Supervisor, Car Inspection

May 13, 2021
May 29, 2021
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma, or possession of a general equivalency diploma (GED), supplemented by vocational courses in mechanical, electrical, hydraulic systems, HVAC or related fields

  • Three (3) years journey-level experience in railcar maintenance, repair and inspection work

  • N/A

  • Supervisory or lead experience

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 service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

The Supervisor, Car Inspection, is responsible for supervising car maintenance workers in the performance of inspection and servicing activities, to include road and running repair services during a single shift on the Authority's rail vehicles. The incumbent evaluates the condition of equipment, and identifies causes of equipment failures, performing all work assignments in accordance with established inspection and car servicing programs.

Essential Functions
  • Supervises the inspection of in-service equipment, to determine the operating condition of rail vehicles, equipment and components. Ensures that safety tests and visual checks of equipment are properly completed, and that appropriate reports are prepared by inspection staff.
  • Supervises running- and road- repairs at terminals, yards, and other locations. Ensures inspection staff accurately identify causes of malfunctions, or equipment failures, and makes appropriate adjustments or repairs, to keep trains in service and on schedule.
  • Supervises periodic detailed pit inspections of rail vehicles, to evaluate their operating condition, and determine if shop repairs are required.
  • Makes work assignments to car inspection and car cleaning staff at various locations in the transit system. Instructs staff in work methods and techniques and monitors the progress and quality of work. Trains new employees in railcar inspection, testing and servicing activities, and monitors their progress.
  • Oversees the cleaning and washing of railcars, in accordance with established programs and schedules. Ensures acceptable levels of appearance and cleanliness are achieved.
  • Estimates work volumes and the need for tools and equipment. Reviews Maintenance Planning System reports and evaluates the performance of inspection activities.
  • Identifies causes of excessive equipment failures and recommends inspection and servicing procedures to prevent recurrence. Investigates improved inspection methods and techniques, making recommendations for implementation.
  • Discusses complaints and grievances with employees and their union representatives and attempts to resolve them in accordance with existing employee relations policies. Recommends disciplinary and other personnel actions, as required.
  • Responds in the event of serious equipment failures. Determines if road repairs are feasible, or if equipment must be removed from service. Notifies superiors of important occurrences and the need for assistance.
  • Requisitions parts, tools and materials to test, service and make minor rail vehicle repairs. Signs inspection reports and issues work orders for equipment in need of major repair work or overhaul.

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.