General Summary:

The Traction Power Supervisor, using guidelines set forth by CATS will direct the maintenance staff in the performance of their duties regarding the maintenance, servicing, inspection, and cleaning of the CATS power systems including traction power substation, overhead contact systems, power distribution, vehicle maintenance facility and associated equipment. This position will oversee and direct complex and specialized troubleshooting, preventative and corrective maintenance, and overhauls to high power equipment such as AC/DC switchgear, transformers, rectifiers, breakers, disconnect switches, high tension overhead wire as well as ancillary support and emergency response equipment. The traction power supervisor will respond to incidents that could affect revenue service responding in such a manner as to provide safety to patrons and employees and to minimize damage to equipment. The traction power supervisor will be called upon to provide support for other areas in regard to light rail service, wayside equipment, and public safety. The traction power supervisor will ensure that equipment is maintained to applicable IEEE, FTA, APTA, NCDOT, and CATS standards.


· Works with other members of the MOW maintenance workforce and all related vocations to provide safe and reliable systems and equipment for daily revenue service.

· Responds to rail system emergencies that involve major service delays and/or serious equipment failures. Renders whatever remedial actions are needed to restore revenue service.

· Follows and adheres to all systems standards, policies and procedures applicable to the day-to-day operations of safe train movements and revenue service.

· Supervises staff in the inspection, maintenance, and repair of all equipment related to systems including but not limited to traction power substations, overhead contact system, distribution system, and all maintenance and emergency support equipment.

· Oversees the performance of acceptance testing and pre-service testing of newly acquired systems and equipment.

· Oversees planned maintenance as outlined by the OEM, IEEE, APTA, NCDOT, and CATS management and evaluates needed changes or upgrades and submits them to management for review. Complies with and enforces all regulations set forth by CATS, OSHA, IEEE, FTA, and NCDOT.

· Is responsible for ensuring compliance of safety and security responsibilities of this position and for complying with CATS’ safety and security rules, procedures and policies.

· Prepares and maintains comprehensive reports and correspondence.

· Generates comprehensive operational and maintenance procedures that ensure safety to employees and general public.

· Ensures accuracy of all inspection reports, training records, and other relevant documents.

· Utilizes computer-based maintenance and material management system to track and plan maintenance and repairs as well as track materials needed to perform maintenance.

· Provides technical support, training and research to ensure traction power staff is qualified and have appropriate resources to perform job functions.

· Coordinates with rail system instructor/supervisor to develop and implement appropriate employee training.

· Trains other rail personnel including hourly and management employees on traction power systems and equipment.

· Work cohesively with other CATS and other City department as well as contractors and utility companies to restore equipment to proper working condition.

· All other job-related duties as assigned.


Requires completion of one or more of the following:

Associate’s Degree in electrical engineering or Certificate of Completion in Electrical Systems from an accredited Technical School.

Completion or apprenticeship program as a lineman or high voltage electrician or equivalent experience.

Completion of applicable electrical training schools in the US Armed Forces.


Requires 4 years of experience in the supervision and management of staff performing all aspect of maintenance and servicing of high voltage equipment and power distribution systems or equivalent military leadership. Requires 4 years of experience repairing and maintaining high voltage equipment and power distribution systems. Experience in rail DC power systems and high-tension catenary systems preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Candidate must be able to plan, organize and monitor all work in regard to traction power as well as areas outside of their normal work purview.

· Ability to demonstrate knowledge in all areas listed under responsibilities.

· Knowledge of preventative and corrective maintenance practices.

· Perform troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of complex systems as they relate to traction power.

· Safely operate a variety of standard and specialized hand tools and shop power equipment.

· Read, follow and utilize electrical, electronic, and mechanical drawings.

· Ability to communicate effectively and clearly in English both orally and in writing

· PC skills including all Microsoft Office programs.

· Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to attain a North or South Carolina Class B Commercial driver’s license within the timelines outlined by CATS and the City of Charlotte, NC, USA.

Essential Duties:

NOTE: Essential Skills are Skills and Abilities that candidates must be able to perform or have the ability to perform in the performance of their required duties. Not meeting the requirements or not having the ability to perform essential skills may be grounds for disqualification.

· Candidate may be required to work irregular hours and shifts depending upon the needs of CATS. Candidates will be required to respond to emergencies on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis.

· Must successfully complete 6-month probationary period.

· Positions in this classification are considered “Safety Sensitive” under Federal Transit Administration (FTA) drug and alcohol regulations.

· Ability to communicate effectively and clearly in English both orally and in writing.

· The Physical Requirements and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed are also considered part of employee’s essential duties.

· Must be able to document work on logs, spreadsheets, documents and forms as well as utilizing computerized maintenance terminals, personal, laptop and handheld computers.

· Must be computer literate and have the ability to adapt to the use and understanding of existing software and future upgrades.

· Must be able to troubleshoot and repair traction power equipment and all associated distribution systems and sub-systems to the lowest replaceable component

· Must have the ability to capably use all tools of the trade as well as standard shop equipment.

· Must successfully complete all training assignments and maintain qualifications where required.

Physical Requirements:

· Ability to lift and carry at least 50 lbs.

· Must be able to manipulate 100 lbs.

· Standing and walking on uneven surfaces while working.

· Sitting while performing work.

· Bending while performing work.

· Twisting while performing work.

· Reaching while performing work.

· Kneeling while performing work.

· Crouching while performing work.

· Ability to work at and above shoulder level.

· Must be able to work in all required Personal Protective Equipment and Safety gear.

· Must be able to work in the assigned uniform approved by CATS.

Sensory Requirements:

· Speech

· Touch

· Hearing

· Vision – vision must be 20/20 or correctable to 20/20 (near, distance and peripheral)


This position description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

A written exam to demonstrate knowledge is required as a part of the selection process. Only candidates who pass the written exam are considered for the oral portion of the selection process.