Traction Power Maintainer

Electric Power Line Repairer, Overhead Maintainer, Traction Power Inspector  

A traction power maintainer performs preventive and corrective maintenance to high, medium, and low voltage electrical equipment and traction power substations, overhead catenary, and contact rail systems in support of a rail rapid transit system. Job tasks include inspecting, testing, installing, maintaining, and repairing a wide range of electrical power apparatus; inspecting, maintaining repairing, and replacing contact wire; repairing equipment; and repairing complex wiring systems.

Traction power maintainers may need to operate a variety of hand tools and power equipment; use standard electrical and electronic equipment; understand power distribution systems; interpret electrical blueprints and schematic diagrams; understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and use various computer software programs.

Traction power maintainers frequently perform strenuous tasks, perhaps moving objects weighing up to 90 pounds. Their work could involve unpleasant working conditions, such as working near fast moving trains, at heights, in tunnels, and in confined spaces, with exposure to dust, noise, petroleum products, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and adverse weather conditions. Traction power maintainers may work nights.

Work as a traction power maintainer may require an associate's degree from an accredited college or university or certification from an accredited technical program in electricity. Employers prefer traction power maintainers to have a commercial driver's license (CDL), as well as previous experience as an electrical technician, electrician, electrical line worker, or electro-mechanic. Job applicants may substitute full-time training in a recognized apprenticeship program for experience.

To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can operate a bus safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Operators may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses upon receiving their new CDLs. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
11% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $50,820 - $82,640    Hourly: $24 - $40

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to perform strenuous tasks
- Ability to move objects weighing up to 90 pounds

Legal Requirements

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Typical Education:

Certificate (High School + 0-4 years, Certificate awarded)
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Percent Job Growth:

11% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $50,820 - $82,640

Hourly: $24 - $40