Assistant Supt., Power Desk Control

Dec 07, 2021
Dec 13, 2021
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Seven (7) years of relevant experience to include:
    • A minimum of five (5) years of electrical construction, maintenance and/or design experience
    • A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Roadway Worker Protection Certification level 4 within 6 months

  • Rail industry traction power experience
  • Utility power control center experience
  • Associate's Degree in Electrical/Electronic Technologies or Similar
  • Certified Electrician
  • Vocational or Technical Electrical Training

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 Superintendent Power Desk Control coordinates and implements planned activities and functions of Electrical Power distribution throughout the systems on a given shift. The incumbent supervises and coordinates, assigned power desk controllers and oversees the teams response to equipment or system malfunctions that effect electrical power distribution and computer systems and, at the request or in the absence of the Superintendent, may plan, schedule, and manage specific power distribution operational activities.

Essential Functions
  • Manages, schedules, coordinates, and implements activities and functions of Electrical Power distribution throughout the systems to ensure uninterrupted power supply to rail system and facilities.
  • Supervises the Power Desk Controller's monitoring of routine, preventative and unscheduled maintenance, inspection, testing, modification and repair of all equipment associated with electrical power distribution systems.
  • Oversees and manages Power Desk Controllers and performs daily supervisory and performance management duties to ensure all policies and procedures of the power desk controllers are being safely and consistently followed with regards to management of third rail power and all other electrical systems.
  • Enforces safety rules and safe work practices.
  • Provides troubleshooting techniques to assist controllers, maintenance staff and field personnel in resolving malfunctions that are particularly challenging.
  • Oversees the team's responses to equipment or system malfunctions that effect electrical power distribution and computer systems, and coordinates deployment of resources to maintain or repair those assets.
  • Ensures the coordination and implementation of emergency plans within the Operations Department and with other departments and/or agencies in accordance with the appropriate protocol.
  • Facilitates sustained interdepartmental cooperation and responses toward the goal of resuming scheduled service during service interruption.
  • Ensures Controller staff exercises effective communication with the onsite incident commander during disruptions and supports and models professional standards in all communications.
  • Leads and coordinates tasks and projects on behalf of the Superintendent that are focused on continuous improvement of operational procedures, processes and systems.
  • Serves as liaison between the Power Desk and operational partner departments (e.g. Maintenance Operations Center, Rail Operations Control Center) to facilitate safe and efficient operational communications with the Power Desk.

The functions 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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