Metra Project Mgr - Airbrake Systems in Chicago, Illinois

Project Mgr - Airbrake Systems


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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.

Mechanical coordinates and oversees the repair, inspection, cleaning, rebuilding, replacing and maintenance of 1,180 pieces of rolling stock used in commuter service. The department’s goal is to provide safe, clean and reliable service while maintaining the fleet to the standards of the Federal Railroad Administration, Association of American Railroads, American Public Transit Association and the original equipment manufacturers. The department employs 650 people.

Reporting to the Manager, Mechanical Engineering, the position serves as subject matter expert on the design and development of the airbrake line and the maintenance, overhaul, and testing of 26C and 26L passenger rail car air brake systems at the new 49th Street shop. Provide consultants with information on Metra's airbrake equipment, operations, processes, and requirements for use in designing production line models, rebuild processes, work flow patterns, airbrake shop ergonomics, and production strategies at the new repair shop. Work with Training Department staff in developing on-the-job training programs that prepare skilled crafts working in Metra's airbrake shop to pass certification tests. Evaluate consultant designs to ensure airbrake rebuild and test operations are within budget, meet regulatory and quality standards, and are capable of achieving production demands. Oversee consultants in the selection of tools, equipment, and test benches for the new shop that meet Metra's QA plan and are cost efficient. Participate in monitoring the productivity, efficiency, and quality of the production line and airbrake staff; prepare operations performance metrics; and develop corrective actions for metrics that do not meet targets. Responsible for the safety objectives, goals, and program of the organization ensuring compliance with applicable safety rules and regulations. Incumbents work under both inside and outside environmental conditions under prevailing conditions of heat, cold, rain, and snow. Perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential. Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university OR in lieu of specified degree, any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in pneumatic or compressed air technology, machinery, or air brake systems.

  • In addition to #1 above, must have five (5) years of experience repairing, rebuilding, and testing 26C and 26L airbrake valves in a railroad or AAR Certified Airbrake Shop.

  • Must have three (3) years of direct or indirect supervisory experience.

  • Considerable knowledge of New York Airbrake test rack and test plate equipment.

  • Considerable knowledge of airbrake disable, rebuild, and testing procedures.

  • Good knowledge of Quality Assurance and Quality Control principles and continuous improvement processes.

  • Good knowledge of Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations and the ability to apply them in concrete situations.

  • Some knowledge of demand flow technology.

  • Good analytical and organizational skills.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.

  • Skill reading and interpreting comprehensive mechanical drawings and schematics.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.

  • Ability to work with consultants.

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Must be CFR 238 Qualified or be able to become CFR 238 Qualified within 30 days.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

  • Hearing/Visual acuity, far/near, depth perception, field of vision, color vision.

  • Ability to lift and move up to 25 pounds.

  • Must be willing to travel outside of Metra’s 6-county region.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

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