Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties

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 Job Information 
  Job Title: #2020 - Director of Maintenance (CTD - Track Utilities)
  Category: Professional/Management
  Career Center: External
  City/Town: Philadelphia
  Location: SEPTA
  Type of Assignment: Permanent
  Position Type: Full Time

 Job Description 
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), 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, is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States.

SEPTA is seeking a Director of Maintenance in our Track Utilities department. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of relevant technical experience, with 4 of those years in a supervisory or management capacity.

Opening Date: 03/08/19 Closing Date: 03/22/19

Salary range: $87k - $109k


Responsible for the inspection, maintenance and renewal of SEPTA’s Infrastructure systems, fixed plant, and equipment. Maintains the maximum level of productivity, quality, reliability, and safety for specified section or location(s) within the Infrastructure area of Engineering, Maintenance and Construction. Directs the activity of subordinate Assistant Directors and Maintenance Managers. Interprets and administers programs and procedures in accordance with approved policies.


1. Participates in the development of policies in the immediate manager’s organization, and interpret such policies throughout the department.

2. Develops objectives, policies, and procedures for the approval of immediate manager.

3. Interprets and administers programs and procedures in accordance with approved policies.

4. Performs special assignments for immediate manager as requested.

5. Reports performance to immediate manager.

6. Coordinates expense budget spending for the department to maintain performance within budget.

7. Develops a suitable successor and be responsible for training replacements at all levels within the department.


I. General Director of Maintenance Disciplines (Applicable to All)

1) Develops, implements and supervises detailed maintenance procedures.

2) Develops performance and quality standards to measure performance and to determine manpower and material forecasts.

3) Prepares annual forecast of maintenance activities for budget and other purposes.

4) Reviews work in progress and takes necessary action to correct unusual equipment and maintenance problems.

5) Provides, promotes and enforces safe working conditions in accordance with accepted safety practices and procedures.

6) Responsible for controlling employee attendance, overtime, injury rate and lost time due to sickness, excused hours, and other reasons.

7) Discusses complaints and grievances with employees and their union representatives attempting to resolve complaints in accordance with accepted Labor Relations practices. Participates in grievance procedures as required.

8) Supervises the use, maintenance, calibration and control of all tools, test equipment, and machinery at location. Ensures that sufficient tools, test equipment and machinery are available to efficiently perform all required tasks.

9) Develops a technically skilled, efficient, well trained and motivated workforce. Provides formal on the job training programs.

10) Manages construction programs and special projects.

11) Takes an active part in the recruitment of new employees, interviews and selects applicants to assure that highest quality people are hired.

12) Develops the managerial, technical and leadership skills of the supervisory staff.

13) Responsible for improving condition of the physical plant to provide working conditions which are conducive to high employee morale, maximum productivity and safety.

14) Responsible for maintaining staffing levels to satisfy performance requirements without excessive overtime.

15) Performs other duties as required.

Track & Utility Discipline

1) Directs the inspection, maintenance, and reconstruction of railway track systems.

2) Oversees the maintenance of the condition of SEPTA’s right of way through a managed program of water runoff and drainage, vegetation control, and debris/trash removal.

3) Supervises the preparation of special trackwork components; reviews and checks plans, specifications and layouts for special trackwork; manages the maintenance and repair of gasoline, pneumatic and track related equipment.

4) Manages track safety and protection efforts for these working in SEPTA right of way. Directs the deployment of Track Department Flagmen to provide protection. Sees that safety compliance audits are conducted in accordance with regulating agencies’ schedules.

5) Manage the track department support activities (Track Fabrication Shop, Equipment Repair, and utility Equipment.

6) Directs the scheduling and assignment of Utility personnel and equipment).

7) Oversees the establishment and maintenance of an equipment maintenance and inspection records system.


• Bachelor’s Degree and eight (8) years of relevant technical (maintenance, production, engineering or design) experience which includes a minimum of four (4) years supervisory experience required. OR

• An equivalent combination of experience and advanced education (one year of formal education equating to two years of experience) may be considered in lieu of the above requirements.

• 213.7 QPE required.

• Valid Driver’s License (CDL may be required also).

• Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills.

• Computer literacy required. Preferred PC skills to include Microsoft Word, and Spreadsheet applications (Excel).

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.