Power Maintainer Trainee, Regional Railroad. (#0734)

Category:  Electrical Maintenance (power dist./signals/comm)
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  May 17, 2023
Req ID:  3994


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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. SEPTA has become an integral force in the economic success of the Philadelphia region, providing an efficient and reliable source of transportation. 


We are seeking candidates for the position of Power Maintainer Trainee, Regional Railroad. (#0734) in the .    




Will be trained to advance into either the Overhead Maintainer, or Traction Power Maintainer position which consist of; construction, and repair the overhead catenary, primary signal power and transmission systems; or operate department trucks and catenary maintenance vehicles in addition to utilizing acquired Physical Characteristics qualifications.

Will be trained to climb wood and steel poles and work in confined spaces, or trained to acquire Railroad Physical Characteristics qualifications.

Compensation Data

Pay Rate: $28.75/hr. Subject to increases once candidate progresses from Trainee status


  1. Operates assigned overhead vehicles and various mechanical truck accessories.
  2. Operates derrick and winch; operates wire stringing truck; picks up old trolley wire with assistance; keeps proper tension on trolley wire while stringing; measures and cuts wire.
  3. Assists in the installation and repair of electric switch and signal equipment, signal and switch mechanisms, wiring and controls and trolley contactors.
  4. Assists in elimination of interruptions to service caused by breakdowns of various vehicular traffic, accidents and trolley line breakdowns.
  5. Helps in performing general overhead trolley line maintenance and repair work, including working from tower.
  6. Assists in the installation and repair of various warning and clearance signs.
  7. Delivers material and supplies as required.
  8. Assists employees of high classification as assigned.
  9. Removes and replaces trolley poles from trolley wires on moving trolley cars or trackless trolleys,
  10. Writes accident data at location of trouble; submits same to Supervisor.
  11. Assists garage mechanic in changing tires on trucks
  12. Maintains record of materials used.
  13. Operates radio transmitting and receiving equipment on trucks.
  14. Performs general housecleaning; cleans work area of waste, unused materials, tools and supplies; cleans and washes truck,
  15. Accomplishes daily report of truck operating condition.
  16. Interprets information from line section book; supplies same to Overhead Maintainers.
  17. Assists in capping of steel pole sleeves with cement
  18. Acts as poleman on surface tower rail car.


  1. Assists in performing general overhead catenary and power distribution systems maintenance and repair work on ground or from elevated equipment.
  2. Works in inclement weather, and in close proximity to energized wires.


  • High School diploma or GED
  • Must have previous Electrical training and/or work experience.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all written qualifications tests.
  • Knowledge of AC power distribution; have ability to work from drawings.
  • Must possess a valid Pennsylvania class driver's license or equivalent.
  • Must pass manufacturers and/or other courses as required.
  • Must satisfactorily complete qualifications tests as follows: Distribution Electricity, Distribution Blueprint Reading, Basic Mathematics, Overhead Hand Tools
  • Must have knowledge of D.C. power distribution.




SEPTA offers a comprehensive benefits and retirement program for ALL employees, including: 

  • Medical – “Minimal annual premium contribution” 


Benefit plans with “No Employee annual premium contribution”: 

  • Prescription 

  • Dental 

  • Vision 


Additional benefits we offer: 

  • Pension Plan / Retirement Savings 

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan 

  • Voluntary Governmental 457B Deferred Comp Plan 

  • Life Insurance 

  • Tuition Reimbursement 

  • SEPTA Transportation Pass – FREE travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation 

  • SEPTA employees qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program 


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