Rail Vehicle Electronic Technician (0843)

Category:  Vehicle Electrical Maintainer (bus, rail, car)
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Nov 5, 2023
Req ID:  814

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 Rail Vehicle Electronic Technician (0843) in both City Transit and Regional Rail.



Maintains, troubleshoots, calibrates and repairs all rail vehicle electronic printed circuit boards and subsystems assigned to the Woodland Electronic Repair Shop.  As an experienced specialist, provides technical support to all rail locations and assists SEPTA's engineering department with electrical/electronic projects.

Compensation Data

$35.85 / hr. Increase to $39.83/hr. after one year


  1. Maintaining, troubleshooting, calibrating and repairing all rail vehicle electronic printed circuit boards and subsystems assigned to the Woodland Electronic Repair Shop and to provide technical support to all rail locations and to assist SEPTA's engineering department with electrical/electronic projects.
  2. Troubleshoots, repairs and calibrates analog, digital and micro-processor controlled printed circuit boards down to component level for the type of Rail Vehicle and equipment assigned.
  3. Interprets electrical, electronic and mechanical schematics.
  4. Removes and inserts semiconductor devices including through-hole and surface mount devices using soldering/de-soldering equipment.
  5. Conducts diagnostic test using equipment such as voltmeters, ammeters, oscilloscopes, curve tracer, automatic test equipment, programmable multifunction generators, high voltage power supplies, frequency counters, chart recorders, current probes, EPROM programming systems, high potential tester, megohmmeters and computers
  6. Performs diagnostic tests on rail vehicles with portable and on-board test equipment as required.
  7. Operates computer-controlled Automated Test Equipment (ATE) to test and troubleshoot printed circuit boards.
  8. Interprets and edits test software for Automated Test Equipment (ATE).
  9. Repairs open conductors on multi layered printed circuit boards.
  10. Repairs damaged conductors, edge connectors, and plated holes using circuit repair kits.
  11. Tests and repairs high power semiconductor modules.
  12. Performs failure analysis on printed circuit boards and makes recommendations to increase their reliability.
  13. Writes procedures to test and calibrate printed circuit boards as well as on-board vehicle system/system faults with the assistance/approval of the Engineering Department.
  14. Designs and fabricate diagnostic test equipment for printed circuit boards
  15. Performs acceptance inspection on new printed circuit board test equipment.
  16. Maintains and repairs automatic test equipment, test fixtures, power supplies, meters and other test equipment.
  17. Assists Operation's Managers, Engineering Department and vendor representatives with the installation, development, commissioning and troubleshooting of new as well as existing rail equipment including operational testing on test tracks or Rail Vehicle routes.
  18. Inspects, repairs, and calibrates the LRV power brake vital safety relay.
  19. Provides technical support for rail vehicle electrical/electronic equipment.
  20. Performs other duties as assigned.
  21. 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 with 2 years of electronic technical school, associate degree in electronics or military electronics-technical training.
  • Must possess valid driver's license.
  • Special Knowledge and Training. Handling of static sensitive devices, ability to interpret electrical, electronic, software and mechanical schematics; use of soldering and de-soldering equipment; use of complex electronic measuring instruments; ability to troubleshoot and repair a variety of rail vehicle propulsion systems; use of computer software to diagnose and repair rail vehicles; ability to use stereo microscopes; use of IEEE graphic symbols for logic functions; quality control standards.
  • Must pass written test and performance testing as required.
  • Must have good hand and eye dexterity to work with extremely small electronic components.
  • Must satisfactorily complete performance test as required by labor agreement.
  • Working Conditions: Rail Vehicle Electronic Technicians work primarily in the electronic repair shop and occasionally at other rail vehicle locations.

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