Track Inspector/Maintainer 1st Cl (1201)

Category:  Track Maintenance
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Jun 6, 2024
Req ID:  1510


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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 Track Inspector/Maintainer 1st Cl (1201) in the .    


Inspects track, reports and records track and switch conditions.  Makes appropriate emergency repairs, removes obstructions and fire hazards, installs signage.  Performs other functions to ensure hazard-free conditions while maintenance work is being conducted on the tracks. 


*Starting Pay Rate: $32.99/hour - After 12 Months: $36.66, based on applicable contract.


  1. Inspects an assigned area of track under traffic including bridges, trestles and highways, performing functions.
  2. Checks gage, surface and alignment of track, inspects overhead support poles, contact rails and paving conditions for compliance with SEPTA standards.
  3. Checks clearance for safe passage for all rail vehicles.
  4. Reports and records track conditions.
  5. Tightens and adjusts switches, wedges, frogs, third rail components, rail joints, derails ad other track related devices.
  6. Installs and maintains appropriate signage for slow zones, work zones, etc.
  7. Takes action to compensate for track defects.
  8. Removes obstructions and fire hazards from the track.
  9. Maintains both track and switch inspection reports.
  10. Monitors the repair, renewal and construction of track, special work, and third rail, insuring compliance with SEPTA standards.
  11. Directs and monitors the operation of such equipment as the grinding car, geometry car, production tamper and Sperry car.
  12. Directs and monitors the activities associated with the thermite welding and cadwelding processes.
  13. Performs emergency repairs when needed.
  14. Can be assigned to perform any type of track work related duties such as flagging, track maintenance, ROW cleaning, etc.
  15. Performs snow and ice work as required.
  16. Trains and instructs lower classifications in line of progression.
  17. Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Must have valid driver's license.
  • Must be 213.7 qualified as prescribed by SEPTA's SMW 100 Manual for the Inspection, Maintenance and Construction of Track.
  • Must be Track, Flag and Street Work Zone certified.
  • Must have minimum of two years of experience in track work
  • Must be proficient in the use of ultra-sonic testing equipment to detect internal flaws in rail steel.
  • Must satisfactorily complete written qualifications and performance tests as required.
  • Must have a DL and obtain a CDL permit during probationary period.




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