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Mechanical Trainee / General Intern (0836)

Category:  Vehicle Mechanic (bus, rail, car)
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Mar 5, 2023
Req ID:  2901

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region.

We are seeking candidates for the position of Mechanical Trainee / General Intern (0836) within our Regional Railroad Transit Division. 



SEPTA is recruiting candidates for our Mechanical General Intern Training Program. This one-year program is a structured formalized method of training consisting of "on-the -job training" performed under the supervision of a subject matter expert coupled with related classroom instruction.


The purpose of the program is to develop candidates into experienced 2nd Class Rail Vehicle Mechanics who will be members of one of the four Mechanical unions at SEPTA.


Rail Mechanics are responsible for the inspection, adjustment, repair/replacement and overhaul of rail vehicles and related accessories.


The candidates who qualify to participate in the program will be considered a General Intern.


Compensation Data


The General Intern starting wage rate is $17.56/hour (subject to increase in 2023)



Intern / Trainee positions are Full-Time, and Benefits eligible Union positions





This Training program requires extensive study and demonstration of material taught as reflected by Written Knowledge and Performance Tests. Participant will be evaluated and tested throughout the length of the Internship to advance to the different levels of the program. Progressive wage increases will occur upon successful completion of each level.



  • Successful applicants must possess a High School diploma or GED (or be On Track to graduate by June 2023)  and have successfully completed a training program in a Mechanical / Electro-Mechanical field from a Vo Tech High School, post high school technical school or from the military within the past 4 years.  *Upcoming 2023 graduates from these programs are highly encouraged to apply.


  • A valid driver's license is also required.


  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age by training start date in June 2023


  • Please note that participants must pass all required written and performance tests or they will be dismissed from the program.


  • For successful candidates in the program, SEPTA offers a competitive benefits program and room for advancement.



SEPTA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia