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 service.
Transportation is responsible for providing safe, efficient and dependable transportation to commuters on all Metra-operated lines: Milwaukee North and West, Rock Island, Metra Electric, SouthWest Service, North Central Service and Heritage Corridor and those lines operating under purchase of service agreements: BNSF and Union Pacific.
Reporting to the Sr. Manager of Train Operations, the Train Dispatcher Trainee is responsible for the movement of trains by train order. Supervise employees in the movement of trains. Maintain incident records. Perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.
- Must possess a minimum of one year experience within the last ten years working as a control operator, yardmaster, train dispatcher, engineer, conductor, trainmaster, air traffic controller, maritime dispatcher, power station load dispatcher or other similar position in a transportation related field requiring critical thinking and decision making skills in a stressful environment.
Required to pass the General Code of Operating Rules and Train Dispatcher and Control Operator Rules prior to completing the training period.
Be able to work with minimum supervision and have the ability to make decisions under stressful circumstances.
Good communication skills and good color vision are required.
Must be available for all shifts including holidays, weekends and short notice calls.
Must be able to type 25 wpm.
Please note: Regardless of any state laws that legalize marijuana, Metra prohibits applicants and employees’ use or possession of marijuana (or marijuana paraphernalia), or having detectable amounts of marijuana in their bodies, including synthetic and/or non-synthetic substances such as THC for any reason for pre-employment screening purposes, while on duty, subject to duty, on Metra property, or in Metra work equipment and vehicles.
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.