Assistant General Superintendent CMNT

Nov 23, 2021
Nov 29, 2021
Full Time
The Assistant General Superintendent (AGS), Railcar Maintenance is a manager role in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Office of Railcar Maintenance (CMNT), which implements cutting edge technologies and strategies to ensure our riding customers have clean, safe, and reliable railcars for their daily commutes.

The CMNT group is ultimately responsible for maintaining the Authority's over 1 , 200 passenger railcars and track maintenance equipment. The AGS will play a supporting role in upholding a comprehensive and reliability-centered maintenance program for rail cars.

The incumbent will manage and direct a multi-disciplinary team of non-represented and represented employees as well as consulting staff to deliver daily service and manage their assigned area efficiently while collaborating with various groups within the RAIL department.

The AGS will also manage a complex portfolio of capital projects, including representing CMNT in the acquisition and integration of new railcars.

M inimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Transportation Management, Mechanical Engineering, or a related Engineering discipline
  • In lieu of a bachelor's degree, a high school diploma or GED with four (4) years' experience in transportation management, specifically rapid transit, railroad railcar maintenance or other applicable industry experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years management experience in rapid transit, railroad railcar maintenance, or other applicable industry. Advanced senior transportation or engineering experience with exposure to the administration of a comprehensive railcar maintenance entity

  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued from the jurisdiction of residence

  • N/A

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 Assistant General Superintendent, Railcar Maintenance, is responsible for the overall effective management of the Office of Rail Car Maintenance. Directs and manages the shops line functions to include service, inspection and/or car maintenance. The incumbent assists in directing and supervising the Authority's overall railcar maintenance program. In addition, the Assistant General Superintendent, Railcar Maintenance advises the Chief Mechanical Officer and other Offices of the Authority concerning railcar maintenance, practices, procedures, policies, and strategies, as required. The incumbent further develops, implements and modifies railcar maintenance procedures and techniques, ensuring maintenance is conducted efficiently, safely, and in conformance with accepted transit practices and guidelines.

  • Provides effective leadership and management of personnel and activities in Car Maintenance. Assists in managing and supervising all railcar maintenance activities. Provides counsel, guidance and performance evaluations for senior branch personnel. Directs, manages and supervises subordinate staff. Recommends applicant selections, administers disciplinary actions, resolves grievances, assigns duties, directs work, establishes performance goals, conducts performance evaluations, reviews and authorizes leave requests and time sheets, and ensures appropriate subordinate personnel training is provided. Responsible for significant personnel actions, including promotions, demotions and grievance proceedings. Participates in labor/management negotiations and proceedings by serving as a resource on matters within areas of responsibility, as required. Resolves any ensuing conflicts. Assists in planning, coordinating and administering comprehensive training and certification requirements for all rail car maintenance employees.
  • Assists in managing, planning and executing goals and objectives, levels of productivity, work standards, priorities and compliance with technical/administrative constraints; and, all remaining Railcar Maintenance Branch resources. Engages in monitoring inspection, maintenance, cleaning and repair of rapid transit cars. Makes frequent field inspections to observe operations. Ensures all activities are completed efficiently, safely, economically, and in conformance with assigned mission, goals and objectives.
  • Assists management with planning, managing and administering all aspects of budget preparation. Plans, manages and administers budget preparation and execution for assigned Service and Inspection Car Maintenance Shops. Ensures activities completed by all sections of the Service and Inspection car maintenance sections, and the remaining section in the Branch are administered on a sound fiscal basis. Prepares periodic and long-range forecasts for budgeting and other management purposes. Reviews current year budget expenditures and budget execution.
  • Prepares and presents oral and written reports/recommendations within assigned area of responsibility to the appropriate Board Committees and Directors, as required. Serves as office representative to support rail maintenance start-up activities, contractor operations, car acceptance and testing activities. Resolves difficult or complex problems that occur.
  • Serves as Department representative responsible for ensuring new railcars and equipment are developed according to system requirements. Represents the office in developing specifications for new vehicle acquisitions, shop facilities and equipment, and programs for repair and rehabilitation of existing rolling stock equipment and facilities. Attends and participates in internal/external high-level meetings, hearings and planning sessions related to functional responsibilities of the Railcar Maintenance Branch.
  • Assists in developing plans, policies, procedures, maintenance rules and regulations, to accomplish WMATA's rail maintenance mission. Publishes supporting documents and assists in preparing and maintaining current contingency plans for special events and emergencies. Plans, coordinates, directs, evaluates and analyzes the performance of principal segments of the Branch from information gathered from various documents/reports, and recommends actions to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Reviews all blueprints, drawings, and plans for relevant items, such as yards, station and track layouts related to future railroad expansion, and for maintenance and technical adequacy. Makes recommendations for modifications required to resolve problems limiting efficient rail services. Assists in establishing systems for quality and configuration controls.
  • Establishes and maintains communication and liaison with appropriate jurisdictions, agencies, private industry, citizens and top managers at other transit properties to improve the railcar maintenance program. Represents the Authority at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and similar national and local conferences. May visit other transit properties to observe and learn about other methods to help operate a more efficient and safe railroad.
  • Performs special assignments designated by the General Superintendent, Car Maintenance. Maintains an extremely high level of technical knowledge and understanding of current technology to manage and execute resolution of difficult and complex problems. Assumes the responsibilities and duties of the General Superintendent in his/her absence.

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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