Rail Vehicle & Equipment General Mechanic 1st Class (0831)

Category:  Vehicle Mechanic (bus, rail, car)
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Jun 3, 2024
Req ID:  824


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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 General Mechanic 1st Class (0831) in the Rail Vehicle Maintenance departments.    

Compensation Data

-for SEPTA City Transit Division: $34/hr. (Increase to $38/hr. after 12 months)

-for SEPTA Suburban Transit Division: $33/hr. (Increase to $37/hr. after 12 months)

-for SEPTA Regional Railroad Division: $33/hr. (Increase to $36/hr. after 12 months)


(Note, Candidate Division selection will be based on the needs of SEPTA)



  • Responsible for the inspection, cleaning, maintenance of rail vehicle electrical, pneumatic and mechanic equipment.
  • Inspects, adjusts, replaces, tests, assembles, installs, motors, accessory parts, vehicle trucks, parts, truck frames, brake equipment, truck assemblies, air equipment, gears, wheels, brake shoes, etc.
  • Cleans and lubricates equipment, units, parts such as compressors, air filters, air tank mechanisms, brake cylinders, etc.
  • Check equipment units, parts such as contactor tips for gap, interlock and controlling fingers and tips for wipe and clearance springs for compression and tension, etc



  • To be proficient in the testing of rail vehicle and equipment in the diagnosis and repair of defects of electrical, electronic air conditioning and air brake equipment of rail vehicles; performs other related duties.
  • Inspects with gauges, meters and applicable test equipment to determine necessary repairs or renewals; determines extent of repairs, adjustment or replacements required on electrical, electronic pneumatic and mechanical equipment.
  • Inspects, trouble-shoots, disassembles, repairs, assembles and adjusts contractor interlocks, relays, group switches and sequence switch drums; manufactures metal and fiber parts.
  • Computes all necessary forms and work orders to maintain current vehicle histories, inspection records and other related paperwork.


  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have experience in the repair of electrical, electronic and air brake equipment. HVAC experience a plus. Experience working on rail cars preferred.
  • Possession of a certificate of completion in electrical/electronic field from a vocational/technical school certificate program or comparable certification is highly desired.
  • Must be computer literate with basic knowledge of multi-meters and meggars.
  • Will be required to possess or obtain hand tools as designated by the position's tool list.
  • Must have valid driver's license or equivalent.
  • Must satisfactorily complete qualifications tests.
  • Must satisfactorily complete performance tests as required.
  • Will be required to detail relevant training and work.




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