Seattle, Washington

SALARY: $‎75k - $‎115k


Under general direction performs detailed lifecycle analysis of existing rail operations and maintenance assets and for new rail extensions, including detailed operational and overhaul costs. Prepares and maintains a high level report for future maintenance, midlife rebuilding, and replacement planning for all existing rail assets including, Light Rail Vehicles, Way, Power and Signals, NRVs and SCADA assets.  Responsible for planning, scheduling, budget, and coordination of all plannable maintenance work, overhauls, and rebuilds performed within Link; maintains complete records and files essential to a complete analysis and reporting of maintenance-related matters.

The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Develops and maintains detailed rail technical maintenance/overhaul plans for existing and proposed rail extensions to include the Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) fleet overhaul and replacement requirements based on annual operations.
• Analyzes, develops, and maintains maintenance plans, costs, personnel requirements, and life cycle maintenance requirements for the new extensions, systems, equipment, and vehicles. Prepares estimates for maintenance support facilities, equipment, and staffing requirements for vehicles, systems, and right-of-way assets.
• Develops detailed documentation of maintenance costing methodology that clearly identifies costs assumptions for a range of different operating scenarios. Performs analysis of existing rail operations, systems, and support equipment including segmented overhaul costs, completion times, labor hours, and milestones, making recommendations where necessary for future extensions, additional vehicles, and additional maintenance facilities.
• Assists in developing rail maintenance performance criteria, reporting procedures and reporting formats, and recommends operational procedures required to meet performance goals.
• Coordinates technical staff and consultants engaged in rail maintenance planning development.
• Works closely with Link operations and maintenance staff to determine scheduling, asset usage, and maximum life span prior to replacement or rebuild.
• Stays abreast of technical developments in light rail maintenance through participation in peer reviews, transit industry committees, and other technical groups or associations.
• Maintains and audits essential records to support required management reports to include, but not limited to car history books and files, purchase requisitions, parts lists (Bills of Material), and work order feedback and accuracy.
• Provides support to the division/department and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as assigned; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to light rail maintenance; recommends/incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies, and practices are developed, interpreted, and applied consistently and effectively; performs regular reviews of agency Standard Maintenance Procedures; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
• Demonstrates Sound Transit’s Values in every interaction.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees. 
• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
• Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in engineering, electronics/electrical maintenance, or closely related field and six years of maintenance operations and/or planning that includes two years of budgetary responsibility; experience preferably in a heavy or light rail system; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Valid state driver’s license.

Required Knowledge of:
• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a light rail transit system.
• In-depth knowledge of work order management system MMIS or similar.
• Methods and techniques of vehicle maintenance operations standards and practices.
• Principles and practices of traction electrification, signals, communications, and computer systems.
• Interpreting and applying applicable standard operation procedures, standard maintenance procedures, and operating rules. Familiar with APTA standards and guidelines.
• Principles and procedures of record keeping.
• Public relations principles.
• Principles and practices of program development, management, and administration.
• Policy and procedure development.
• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.
• Warranty administration policies and principals.
• Industry codes, standards, and certifications.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to transit operations.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.

Required Skills:
• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.
• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
• Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients.
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
• Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
• Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new maintenance, rebuilding and refurbishment methods, and techniques.
• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
• Developing and monitoring departmental and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: 
• Work is performed in a standard office environment.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 50 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, potential physical harm, hazardous chemicals, infectious disease, and extreme noise when working in the field.
• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.


Seattle, Washington

Sound Transit is transforming how the Central Puget Sound region moves by planning, building and operating regional transit systems that give millions of riders an alternative to sitting in traffic. As the agency prepares for nearly a million new Central Puget Sound residents by 2040, transit services are expanding to meet today’s growing needs. Thanks to voter approval of the largest mass transit expansion in the region’s history, Sound Transit’s light rail system will grow to four times the size it is today. When complete, the 116-mile light rail system will stretch from Everett to Tacoma and connect major job and population centers in Seattle including South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Ballard and West Seattle. It will also extend east to Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah and Mercer Island. As Sound Transit grows, we seek innovative, technical and creative professionals who are ready to come on board and make a difference. Career opportunities include Information Technology, finance, construction management and engineering positions. Apply today at

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