Light Rail Train Operator Trainee

  1. Houston,TX
  2. Aug 31, 2017
  3. Accounting/Finance : Auditor


Upon certification as a Light Rail Train (LRT) Operator, will operate METRORail Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) in accordance with METRORail established policies and procedures. Must maintain recertification as an LRT Operator every two years.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties:

Must pass all safety and training standards and obtain certification as a LRT Operator.

Operates LRV's in accordance with METRORail policies, procedures and rulebook.

Maintains METRORail schedules and running times.

Operates vehicle in the storage yard and into and out of the maintenance building.

Interacts with passengers in a professional manner, answers questions, provides information and addresses concerns of riders.

Operates radio system in accordance with set radio protocols and FCC regulations, notifying Train Control Center of appropriate information regarding emergency situations and other operational situations.

Troubleshoots mechanical and electrical failures of vehicle using on board diagnostic equipment. Utilizes circuit breakers, brake cutouts and bypass switches under the direction of Rail Supervisors and TCC as appropriate.

Announces station stops in event of service interruption or failure of automated announcement equipment

Performs LRV safety checks and inspections in accordance with set procedures.

Operates electric and manual track switches as required.

Works flagging duties as assigned.

Assist in the acceptance and commissioning of new light rail vehicles and test operations.

Requires successful completion of Vehicle Familiarization Course for all light rail vehicles.

Successfully completes vendor-training courses for vehicle and wayside equipment as required.

Completes all accident/incident forms, logs and completes associated required paperwork.

Maintains a safe clean work environment.

Safely operates METRORail non-revenue vehicles.

Promotes safety awareness and other employee safety procedures in efforts to reduce or eliminate accidents.

Performs other duties as assigned or directed

Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum six (6) months as part time or full time METRO Bus Operator or one (1) year as METRO employee

Acceptable work record to include but not limited to: No suspensions, no more than one (1) reprimand, three (3) misses or less and no preventable vehicular accidents within the preceding twelve (12) months of application.

Must have current driving record with no tickets or accidents within three (3) years of application. Transportation experience desirable. Customer service experience, working with the public; ability to work independently as well as part of a team; willing to work all shifts and split shifts as well as on weekendsand holidays.


Must be 21 years or older
Pass all pre-selection testing
Meet all physical requirements to include a medical examination and pre-selection physical assessment

Valid Texas Drivers License required
Must obtain certification as an LRT Operator and maintain annual recertifications
Ability to pass all safety and training courses
Must know or become knowledgeable of METRORail policies and procedures and the METRORail rulebook
Ability to communicate proficiently both verbally and written
Ability to accurately complete written reports, records and forms

Additional Information:

A Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check is required prior to the placement of any individual in a position that requires the operation of a METRO revenue or non-revenue vehicle on behalf of METRO:

The Disqualifying Criteria is as follows:

- Invalid, suspended, or revoked driver's license

- Conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) within the preceding three (3) years

- 2 or more DUI or DWI convictions with no time limit.

- Any accumulation of suspensions of over 1 year in length within the last 3 years
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.
Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.
We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.


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