Traction Power / High Voltage Maintenance Trainee

Jul 27, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Full Time
Marketing Statement:

Traction Power Maintenance (TRPM) operates and maintains Metro's power distribution system in a safe, reliable and efficient manner.

TRPM maintains 399 traction power and AC facilities throughout the Metrorail system with a dedicated staff of 300 mechanics, supervisors and managers.

The Traction Power Maintenance Trainee program is a 24 month program combining classroom instruction and on-the-job training on all aspects of the power distribution system at Metro. At the end of this trainee program, trainees will become a Level C TRPM Technician.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED and some verifiable technical/vocational training in Mechanical, Electrical, hydraulics or pneumatics

Upon the achievement of 1,000 hours at a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), an incumbent may be advanced to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed any required written or practical tests, acquired any required certifications and has met acceptable fitness for duty, work record and job performance requirements.

  • Minimum of one year of related work experience in the electrical, mechanical, hydraulics, pneumatics, or electronics field

  • Professional/Job Related Certs:
    • N/A

Driver's License Requirement

As part of their day-to-day responsibilities, incumbents in this job are required to operate a WMATA owned motor vehicle(s) or equipment (revenue or non-revenue ) which requires the possession of a Driver's License from the incumbent's jurisdiction of residence.


Driver's Record Minimums

(If Applicable)


No More than:




Moving Violations

In the past



  • Technical Certification in a Mechanical, Electrical, hydraulics or pneumatics discipline
  • Associate's Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, hydraulics or pneumatics engineering or related field of study


The Maintenance Trainee, Rail participates in the WMATA Technical Skills Program (TSP) consisting of developmental training for a period of two (2) years in a designated mechanical discipline (High Voltage Power, Automatic Train Control (ATC), Communications or Automatic Fare Collection (AFC)). The trainee must satisfactorily progress thru each of four (4) training Levels consisting of both classroom and on the job training/experience as contemplated in the TSP.

Upon graduation the trainee will be placed into a job assignment as a Mechanic, grade C within the disciplined trained, performing the associated responsibilities under the close supervision of both management staff, as well as, TSP "Mentor" mechanics assigned to provide on the job training (OJT) in the respective mechanical Rail disciplines throughout the training period.

Job Levels : At each successive grade levels 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
  • Gains progressive familiarity with and develops skills in the maintenance, inspection, and repair of equipment within High Voltage Electrical, Automatic Train Control, Communications, or Automatic Fare Collection disciplines through the attendance, study and participation in both classroom instruction and OJT.
  • Works under the guidance of assigned journey level mechanics to repair and inspect WMATA's High Voltage Electrical, ATC, Communications and AFC equipment.
  • Uses appropriate hand tools, power tools and test equipment to inspect, diagnose and repair equipment malfunction
  • Performs all work activities in strict accordance with WMATA and industry safety and maintenance practices, procedures and standards and follows appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Metrorail Safety Rules and Practices Handbook (MSRPH) documentation.
  • Completes appropriate written and electronic documentation reports concerning the operation and maintenance of WMATA's High Voltage Electrical, ATC, Communications, and AFC equipment and the TSP
  • 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.

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