Maintenance Planner

Jan 19, 2022
Jan 26, 2022
Full Time
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking a Maintenance Planner for the Office of Maintenance Planning and Scheduling. The successful candidate for this role will be part of the Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) group whose primary role will be to plan maintenance actions in order to assist in the successful execution of maintenance activities.

This is a dynamic role which will provide significant opportunity for the candidate to develop, configure and modify the scope of maintenance job plans. Therefore, the successful candidate will be a motivated individual with proven maintenance planning skills. The ideal candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills as well as excellent communication skills; both written and oral.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated strong computer skills, including the ability to develop and execute complex queries in Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS); and significant knowledge of maintenance requirements for WMATA's operational equipment.

Candidates with prior experience in the maintenance of Transit Systems and/or equivalent asset management experience are preferred. Prior experience with Maximo Enterprise Asset Management is also preferable.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or related engineering field.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a High School Diploma or GED and four (4) years of experience in an electrical or mechanical maintenance role will be considered.

  • Five (5) years of practical experience in an electrical or mechanical maintenance role which includes experience in administrative maintenance management, maintenance principles and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) (i.e. practical experience served as a maintenance supervisor or maintenance planner and/or scheduler)

  • Possession of a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License issued from jurisdiction of residence at the time of appointment.

  • Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification

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.


The Maintenance Planner performs asset maintenance planning for assigned WMATA maintenance departments. Responsibilities include developing, configuring and modifying a complete scope of maintenance job plans, containing schedules, labor, work packs, procedures, tools, materials and equipment. Works with engineering offices to provide planning, scheduling, technical and document management support. Develops, revises and assist in the implementation of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) programs for all applicable maintenance departments. Responsible for converting WMATA's asset management and maintenance strategy into maintenance execution activities.

  • Creates maintenance job plans for WMATA's vehicles, sub-systems, components and support equipment. In accordance with established procedures, develops a full scope of maintenance details to allow for the proper execution of maintenance activities including preventive and predictive maintenance, retrofit, modification, inspection and overhauls for various maintenance departments.
  • Documents process flow procedures to facilitate the explanation of supporting documents, indicating the performance criteria to be met for each stage of the job plan. Clearly establishes performance targets, deadlines, outcomes, responsibilities and authorities identified for every stage and everyone involved in the work process.
  • Collaborates with managerial and supervisory personnel within assigned maintenance departments regarding the scope of job plans in order to secure the necessary manpower and resources for effective production and maintenance outcomes.
  • Serves as the principal contact and liaison between Maintenance, Engineering, Operations and other supported departments to ensure that all internal beneficiaries of maintenance receive timely, efficient and quality job plans.
  • Performs short- and long-range planning activities, including regular analysis of corrective maintenance (CM) and preventive maintenance (PM) backlogs to balance and sustain a proactive preventive/predictive maintenance program.
  • Works with procurement and storerooms to purchase all necessary parts and job kits required to perform the complete scope of maintenance work within job plans.
  • Establishes maintenance departments' job plan timelines and goals to determine and arrange required shop work in order to minimize downtime and interruptions to normal operations.
  • Updates maintenance procedures as necessary based on the review of equipment work order history and failure analysis in order to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of established maintenance job plans.
  • Creates job plans for statutory maintenance in accordance to local, state and federal requirements.
  • Responds to inquiries and requests made by Authority stakeholders in an effective and timely manner; maintains effective work relationships with other WMATA's facilities and offices.

  • Collaborates with Quality, Engineering, Contractors, and applicable maintenance departments for complete clarity of job scope for planned work to be performed.
  • Produces quality content work packs covering all equipment safety, tools and parts for the maintenance work performed to ensure that quality parts are correctly identified, pre-assembled, protected and checked for correctness.
  • Visits the field to assure that all job plan steps are being complied with.
  • Maintains files of all applicable departmental paperwork received by the maintenance planning office and retrieves active and archived documentation as required.
  • Ensures up-keep and accuracy of equipment maintenance history and job records in the CMMS database.
  • Acts as point of contact for all planning and scheduling related issues including providing technical assistance to other Maintenance/Process personnel and external bodies (including legislative bodies).
  • Prepares maintenance job plan projections for budget planning purposes.
  • Works closely with Maintenance Schedulers to optimize the maintenance schedules of a job plan.
  • Serves as backup and support for Maintenance Planners responsible for other operational areas when they are absent due to vacation, sickness, or special projects.
  • Trains other staff members in work methods and procedures.
  • 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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