Rail Vehicle & Equipment Body Mech 1st (0801)

Category:  Vehicle Mechanic (bus, rail, car)
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Sep 8, 2023
Req ID:  821


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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 Rail Vehicle & Equipment Body Mech 1st (0801) in the .    


The starting rate for this position is $32.03/hour; after one year, the rate increases to $35.59/hour.



Utilizing skills as an experienced vehicle body mechanic which includes Sheet Metal work, Fiberglass repair, Carpentry and Welding, repairs accidental damage and/or performs planned maintenance activities of SEPTA’s rail vehicles.


  1. Inspects, analyzes, collision damage and estimates scope of work.
  2. Repairs vehicles and equipment to include removal and installation of interior and exterior body components (i.e. panels, bumpers, skins, access doors, windows, trim, floors and coverages, set frames, etc.)
  3. Makes collision repairs, such as, applying body filler, straightening metal panels, underframes and brackets, patches, splices; dresses to finish by grinding, sanding, and filing. 
  4. Cleans, file sands and primes exterior and interior parts. Paints/blends, enamel and urethane finish on body surfaces.
  5. Removes and replaces electrical and pneumatic parts, shafts, rollers and tracks, rehang doors and posts.
  6. Chips, scrapes, grinds rust from structural steel framework. Cuts, fabricates and replaces structural components. Use all types of welding, cutting, and joining equipment.


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must possess valid driver's license.
  • Must satisfactorily complete written test and complete the performance test as required by Labor Agreement.
  • Must be experienced vehicle rebuilder with skills in Sheet Metal work, Fiberglass repair, Carpentry and Welding.
  • Will be required to possess and/or obtain necessary tools as detailed on job tool list.
  • Will be required to detail relevant training and work experience when requested. 




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