Axle Counter Maintainer

Requisition Number:  6441
Pay Rate:  N/A

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Operations

Basic Function

Under general supervision performs inspections, adjustments and repairs on axle counter and associated signal equipment.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Inspects, repairs and maintains the axle counter system using specialized tools.
  • Inspects and makes necessary axle counter head adjustments.
  • Inspects axle counter mounting brackets.
  • Inspects and cleans rail boot annulus and embedded track drains.
  • Inspects mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment such as grade crossing mechanisms, switch machines, and relays.
  • Removes water and debris from axle counter boxes and switch turnouts.
  • Records and documents maintenance and diagnostic data.
  • Operates tools to include speed handle/racket, air compressors, thread casher, thread taps, pry bar and chisels.
  • Assists with axle counter calibration.
  • Provides variable shift coverage to accommodate maintenance assignments during peak, off-peak and non-revenue hours.
  • Works with staff and vendors to assure adequate spare parts, tools and other necessary equipment is on hand to support revenue operations.
  • Prioritizes emergency maintenance tasks in the absence of on-site supervision.
  • Works closely with peers, management and contractors to assure a safe, reliable and efficient light rail operation.
  • Provides on-call availability for emergency repairs and unscheduled incidents.
  • May serve as a “fill-in” Technician in the absence of the Signals and Communications Technician.
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

High school diploma or GED is required.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum two (2) years’ experience in performing inspection and general maintenance work.  Experience in a rail/track maintenance environment preferred.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Good communications (verbal/written) skills are essential to resolve maintenance issues.  Must have a Texas Class C drivers’ license and must meet Metro’s requirements regarding motor vehicle records.  Must have knowledge of all tools and equipment required to perform the job.

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.


Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.


We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.


Nearest Major Market: Houston