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Trolley/Diesel Mechanic

Using a variety of hand and power tools, performs routine physical labor and maintenance duties on rail vehicles, related equipment, and/or other motorized vehicles; assists more experienced mechanics in performing maintenance, repair, inspections, and/or re-building tasks; performs defined inspections and preventive maintenance functions as assigned; may make road calls taking corrective action as identified on defect reports; practices safe work processes and contributes to the creation and maintenance of a safe working environment for self and others; and performs related duties as assigned.  

Supervision Received

New employees receive close supervision within a framework of well-defined policies and procedures. Once proficiency is attained, assignments become more varied and are performed under general supervision within a framework of well-defined policies and procedures.  


  1. Performs required service and repairs diesel engines transmissions and electric streetcars.
  2. Performs preventive maintenance and makes inspections of vehicles for proper working order and safe operation.
  3. Repairs brakes, mufflers, tail pipes, electrical and hydraulic systems.
  4. Provides engine tune-ups and diagnostic electrical systems checks.
  5. Maintains shop equipment and tools used in the service of motor vehicles and electric streetcars.
  6. Prepares estimates of time, parts, and materials needed for repairs.
  7. May fabricate parts and equipment and perform work to repair vehicles.
  8. Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.


  • Knowledge of the mechanical operation of diesel, gasoline and electrical powered engines.
  • Knowledge of routine vehicular maintenance and care for safe and efficient operation.
  • Knowledge of manufacturer's specifications and recommendations for diagnosis and repair of mechanical and electrical malfunctions.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical information needed for repairs to include the ability to read schematics. 
  • Ability to make mechanical adjustments for service and repair of motor vehicles and railcars
  • Primary functions are to perform quality repairs in accordance with company procedures and to accurately record repairs.


  • Completion of sufficient education or training to read and write; plus five years of progressively more responsible experience in mechanics.
  • Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements.

Mechanic qualifications include:

  • Certification from a diesel mechanic trade school or 3 to 5 years of related experience.
  • Must currently possess or ability to obtain a Commercial Driver's License with a ā€œPā€ endorsement.
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen and background check.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Strong team building talents.
  • Computer skills.
  • Strong work ethic. 

Physical and Mental Requirements

The essential functions of this job are primarily performed in an open air maintenance facility, though yard and mainline work are performed outside in varying weather conditions. Work is performed on ladders, around equipment and machinery with moving parts, and on slippery, uneven surfaces. Incumbents are frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock, airborne particles, vibration, intermittent loud noise, grease and oils; silica; fumes, smoke and gases. Incumbents are occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemical fumes, wet conditions, and a fast paced schedule.

On a daily basis, the essential functions of the job require incumbents to climb ladders, stairs, scaffolding and ramps; to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl stand, and walk and occasionally to crawl into confined spaces; to extend arms and use upper extremities, finger dexterity and hand strength to reach, pick, pinch and grasp tools and controls and/or to feel the attributes of objects by touch; to lift, and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; to push and pull objects weighing up to 150 pounds; to hear and talk to receive and communicate instructions and other information; to rotate neck left and right and bend neck forward and backward; to bend and twist torso; to read and see objects clearly within one foot to twenty feet, requiring a full field of vision and good depth perception with the ability to adjust focus and to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; and to operate vehicles and equipment requiring the use of both feet and hands. 

Rate of Pay: $19.26-$24.73

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