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Company: Memphis AreaTransit Authority
Job Title:
Trolley Foreman
Memphis, Tennessee
Job Status:  Full-time
Job ID: 96091
Website: http://www.matatransit.com

JOB FUNCTION: Responsible for providing first-line supervision of the daily operations of the trolley infrastructure maintenance team, including maintenance inspections and repair work. Supervises preventative maintenance of rail and track, trolley stations, power substations, and overhead contact systems.


The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure safe, secure, and regulatory compliant operational maintenance practices.

1. Provide supervision in the daily operations of maintenance work for MATA. May be assigned to supervise small work groups in any area in the Trolley/Rail Maintenance Division.

2. Operate Maintenance-of-Way (MOW) equipment as needed to perform job duties while following approved training practices and procedures.

3. Provide supervision of employees and ensure employee compliance with general shop and rail standards and rules, such as those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, FRA Title 49 (Track Safety Standards, Part 213), and the American Public Transportation Association.

4. Understand and interpret the Labor Agreement and work collaboratively in a union environment.

5. Assist with assigning work schedules, coordinating work between shift groups, and evaluating the performance of Trolley/Rail Maintenance employees under immediate supervision.

6. Monitor established procedures and work methods for the Trolley/Rail Maintenance Department (“Department”) and employees. Continuously monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures.

7. Instruct new Trolley/Rail Maintenance personnel and evaluate employees under immediate supervision through job performance evaluations. Work with employees to correct deficiencies and administer disciplinary action when warranted.

8. Represent the company’s position and interest effectively in dealings with local governments, outside contractors, vendors, and engineering consultants.

9. Inspect lines, poles and equipment for signs of damage or wear and report deficiencies.

10. Operate, maintain and troubleshoot power substations (including, but not limited to, power transformers, protection relays, circuit breakers) and respond to alarms.

11. Perform inspections of overhead contact system and administer preventive maintenance according to the Department’s maintenance plan.

12. Follow safe working practices and procedures while performing all duties.

13. Maybe required to work weekends and nights and to be on-call 24 hours a day.


1. Requisition trolley parts for repair jobs.

2. Repair or adjust track switches using wrenches and replacement parts.

3. Clean or make minor repairs to machines or equipment.

4. Assume additional responsibilities as required.


Education: High school diploma or GED required.


• Minimum 2 years' experience in rail, preferably light rail.

• Knowledge of AC and DC power.

• Basic computer skills.

• Experience in supervising a unionized workforce.

• Proven track record in troubleshooting and problem solving.

• Demonstrated experience in safety compliance.

• Valid driver's license.

• Predictable reliable attendance.

• Good oral and written skills in English.


The job requires the individual to follow standard operating safety and security procedures, be alert, and take necessary precautions (e.g., wearing/using protective clothes and equipment) to avoid possible injuries or health problems that may result from walking on irregular ground, working around moving equipment and other types of equipment, and working at high heights and elevations.

• Extensive walking and standing is required. Applicant must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., as lifting parts and materials overhead is required.

• Applicant must be able to withstand exposure to weather conditions, dust, engine fumes, toxic chemicals, and extreme noise levels.

• Applicant must be able to climb on a ladder or other equipment up to heights such as on roof of buildings at MATA facility.

• Applicant must be able to perform hand-over-hand methods of steering vehicles and grip a steering wheel.

• Applicant must be able to work in an office work environment and work outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions.

• Applicant must be able to work in a rail or bus workshop environment.

• Applicant must be able to respond to unexpected or emergency situations

The above description is intended to describe the general content, and identify the essential functions and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

We invite you to apply with us at www.matatransit.com Just click on the “Career Opportunities” link on the opening page to get started.


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