Light Rail Transit Helper

Umpqua Community College - Saint Paul, MN (30+ days ago)

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$19.14 - $27.34 Hourly $39,811.20 - $56,867.20 Annually

$39,811.20 - $56,867.20 Annually

Various in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

Various in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

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Metro Transit

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Closing date and time



We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website.

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Metro Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Council, is seeking Light Rail Transit Helpers!

Metro Transit, a division of the Metropolitan Council, is the largest provider of public transit service in the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area and one of the country's largest public transit systems. Metro Transit operates bus, light rail and commuter rail service essential to the region's mobility, and provides resources for carpooling, vanpooling and bike commuting. Metro Transit helps people get where they're going, helps reduce the region's motor vehicle congestion problem and promotes a cleaner environment.

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:

The Light Rail Transit (LRT) Helper meets the train operators, performs safety inspections, and performs cleaning and removal of graffiti and biohazard substances/materials. This position also removes vehicle protection film and replaces seats for light rail vehicles.

Work shifts for new hires are typically third (3rd) shift. Please note: All employees who are hired and/or transfer to LRV Maintenance positions will have a one-year time commitment per the bargaining unit contract.

Recruitment Type: A pool will be created from this recruitment to be used for up to six (6) months.

This posting is open until filled, and may close any time after December 12th, 2019.

What you would do in this job

Performs up to seven (7) hours per work shift of interior and external detail cleaning of light rail vehicles including mopping, sweeping, washing and vacuuming; removes graffiti with scrapers, squeegees and special chemicals.
Communicates with train operator to gather relevant repair/maintenance information and enters information into the computer.
Performs safety inspections as required.
Installs and removes advertisements.
Operates light rail vehicles within yard area; operates electric cart to transport to and from rail vehicles cleaning supplies, and operates forklift to move materials.
Undergoes training in electrification distribution, lock out procedures and other safety related training as required.
Inputs vehicle mileage, yard information, and other data into computer.
Fills sand on light rail vehicles with provided equipment/tools and proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
Performs other duties as assigned.

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

High School diploma/GED
At minimum one (1) year verifiable professional full-time equivalent cleaning work experience in a related work environment such as commercial/industrial/institutional environments. Experience must be at least 20 hours per week and should include all or most of the following duties: general cleaning, washing windows, graffiti removal, litter pickup, and stripping and waxing floors and working with biohazard substance/material such as bodily-fluid, urine, blood, vomit, etc.
Experience with basic maintenance/mechanical or repair.
Will be fitted for respirator use and must be able to be fitted for respiratory mask.

License Requirements:
Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):

Relevant experience with large vehicles (such as train, bus, aircraft, or similar).
Experience and ability to effectively work independently and in a diverse team environment.

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:

Legible handwriting and must be able to read and write.
Ability to work well with others.
Ability to demonstrate understanding of and perform industry-related process and procedure (such as Safety Data Sheet (SDS), etc.)
Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds.
Ability to lift/ carry-push/pull up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance.
Ability to pass Rail Operations Rule Book and successfully complete Rail Operator Training Program for Maintenance Personnel.
Ability to obtain and maintain Train Operator Certification for Maintenance Personnel; ability to pass the forklift training.
Ability to pass a physical and color vision examination.

What you can expect from us:
We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.
More about why you should join us!

Additional information

Union/Grade: Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) / Wage Class 22
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive: Yes, subject to random DOT drug test.

What your work environment would be:
Work is performed in a rail yard and garage setting. Must work in extreme warm and cold weather conditions. May work around moderate noise. Hand tools will be required to inspect and clean vehicles.

What are the physical requirements:
May be working in wet, humid conditions (non-weather), work near moving parts or equipment, work in high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and outdoor weather conditions. Regularly required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms, use hands to finger, handle or feel, for long periods, sit climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl occasionally, speak hear normal conversation and telephone ring tones, operate a computer and other office equipment. May carry up to fifty (50) pounds, lift/carry push/pull up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance, must have close distance, color, peripheral vision and depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

What steps the recruitment process involves:
We review your minimum qualifications.
We request and review Work Record Evaluations (WRE) on ATU internals only.
We rate your education and experience.
We conduct a structured panel interview and physical agility test.

Please note: ATU Internal applicants who pass their WRE and structured panel interview will be selected by seniority. Passing ATU internal applicants will be awarded this position over non- ATU/external applicants. Applicant must pass a pre-employment physical agility examination/Transfer Physical.

Successful applicants hired into the Light Rail Transit Helper role will require a one-year working commitment to the LRV Maintenance area before you will be eligible to bid/transfer to a different department within Metro Transit.

Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:
If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a pre-employment physical, drug test (safety sensitive positions only) and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a transfer physical, criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.

IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at 612-349-7071.

Metropolitan Council
390 Robert St. N.

St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101