Under general supervision, the Electro-Mechanic performs skilled electrical/electronic and mechanical work to diagnose, maintain, repair, rebuild, overhaul, service, inspect, and test light rail transit vehicles and equipment.

Classification Bargaining Unit: ATU


  • Performs safety and preventive maintenance inspections of vehicles, systems and equipment;
  • Documents defects, maintenance and repairs;
  • Tests, maintains, repairs, and overhauls light rail vehicle electrical, electronic and mechanical systems and equipment in accordance with schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, operations manuals and manufacturer instructions;
  • Operates and maintains shop equipment and tools;
  • Makes time and material cost estimates and maintains records;
  • Performs re-railing of equipment;
  • Familiarizes other workers in vehicle maintenance and repair, car movements, and maintenance of shop equipment;
  • Installs communication devices on cars;
  • Maintains a safe and clean shop area;
  • Operates computer for related data input and retrieval;
  • Prepares written reports, documents defects and repairs on inspection forms, work orders, or designated computer programs;
  • May be assigned the work of lower level classes in the job series;
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Employment Standards
  • Training and experience equivalent to a high school diploma and four years of experience in the maintenance and repair of electrically powered rail transit vehicles.


  • Training and experience equivalent to completion of a two-year degree in electronic technology and two years of experience in the installation, maintenance or repair of electro-mechanical systems similar to those found in VTA light rail vehicles.


  • Demonstrated experience and training equivalent to a high school diploma and four years of experience in a maintenance environment working on systems similar to those found in a light rail vehicle including air conditioning, DC motors, generators, circuit diagrams, lighting and electrical troubleshooting.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and the ability to qualify for and maintain a Class B license with passenger (P) endorsement and a maintenance LRV operation certification.
  • Must be available to work weekends, holidays, and odd and unusual hours.

Additional Information

Knowledge of:

  • AC/DC electrical systems;
  • Operating principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical systems;
  • Heating, lighting, air conditioning, motors, brakes and related systems;
  • Operating and preventive maintenance requirements of electric transit vehicles, machinery, tools, and equipment;
  • General shop safety procedures;
  • Testing and inspection methods.
  • Ability to:
  • Perform maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, rebuilding, overhauling, and safety/preventive maintenance inspections;
  • Analyze malfunctions in electrical/electronic transit equipment and determine repair requirements;
    Perform electronic fabrication and assembly tasks, such as soldering and wire harnessing;
  • Make time and material cost estimates and keep accurate records;
  • Implement preventive maintenance and safety inspection procedures;
  • Use test and shop equipment and tools;
  • Use parts and supply manuals;
  • Operates a computer for related data input and retrieval;
  • Meet established deadlines;
  • Give oral and written instructions;
  • Effectively read, understand, and use technical information found in repair manuals, service change bulletins, and applicable technical documents, including parts and supply manuals;
  • Learn and stay current on all new technologies introduced into the transit industries as it relates to light rail vehicle maintenance;
  • Familiarize other Electro-Mechanics and other classifications in the proper method of performing their job;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of business.