Rail Vehicle & Equipment General Mechanic 3rd Class (0833)

Category:  Vehicle Mechanic (bus, rail, car)
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Feb 8, 2024
Req ID:  826


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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 3rd Class (0833) in our Rail Vehicle Maintenance Shops  

Compensation Data

Pay Rate:  $24/hr. (Increase to $26/hr. after 12 months)



Performs basic repairs, inspection, cleaning, maintenance and other routine duties on rail vehicle electrical, pneumatic and mechanical equipment.  Assists other mechanics as assigned.


  1. To be proficient in the servicing and repair of mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic systems; make unit replacements and adjustments on vehicles equipment.
  2. Performs repairs under the general supervision of the Maintenance Manager.
  3. Performs repair work incidental to Authority and State Inspections of vehicles as required by regulations; inspects lighting, windshield wipers, horns, glass, couplings, braking systems. Performs tests on vehicles, statically and dynamically.
  4. Must be familiar with the use of all Rail shop equipment and tools relevant to the position, including but not limited lubrication, fluid levels and filters. Must be proficient in the placing and storing of railcars in the performance of related duties. Must be capable of reading manufacturers¡¦ electrical and logic diagrams as applied to rail car systems.
  5. Typically works on energized equipment whether installed in rail cars or test fixtures/simulators. Other Duties and Responsibilities.
  6. Properly uses and maintains Authority issued PPR as required and governed by Authority work rules to include track and roadway safety programs.
  7. Loads bags of salt (wt. 100lbs.) on snow equipment.
  8. Works outdoors in inclement weather. Subject to call during storms and emergencies. Performs snow removal tasks as assigned.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned and assists other mechanics as assigned.
  10. Capable of performing all duties of lower classifications.
  11. Complies with all Authority and departmental safety and security policies and procedures as well as all applicable job safety responsibilities. Reports any safety concerns, compromises or hazards affecting operations, the public, self and/or other employees. Responsible for personal safety and is encouraged to promote the safety of others.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Training at an accredited technical school or equivalent. In lieu of technical school training, documented practical experience in a related field may be substituted.
  • Must satisfactorily complete written qualification tests specific to this job description and recertification tests as required.
  • Must satisfactorily complete Authority training program specific to this job description. Must satisfactorily complete performance tests as required.
  • Must possess driver's license.
  • Must meet the minimum requirements and be able to perform the duties of this position and lower classifications.
  • Must be physically capable of performing duties as described.
  • Must have entry level PC experience within a Windows based environment. Required to successfully participate in SEPTA and manufacturer courses to maintain, improve, and enhance technical competence or certifications.
  • Must be able to obtain Tools pertinent to occupation and this job classification.




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