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.
Bachelor's degree in Training and Development or Adult Education, or Journeyman certification 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 the design or delivery of informal or formal classroom training.
In addition to #1, must have five (5) years of experience either as an instructor or journeyman in a railroad, technical or manufacturing environment.
Must have two (2) years of indirect supervisory experience.
Must be General Code of Operations Rules and Metra Rules qualified OR have the ability to become rules qualified within 60 days of accepting the position.
Possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Knowledge of adult learning theories.
Possess ability to act as a subject matter expert in the development of training.
Demonstrate an ability to teach others how to facilitate a variety of teaching techniques.
Able to utilize a variety of training aids and presentation tools.
Strong verbal and written communication skills to creatively engage and motivate learners.
Able to work independently and effectively prioritize a large workload.
Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis in Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Able to manage training timetables and deadlines.
Reporting directly to the Manager, Operations Training (Engineering), the Senior Technical Training Specialist will support the development and delivery of training programs to address Metra's policies/procedures governed by Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations and other regulatory agencies (US Department of Transportation, American Public Transportation Administration (APTA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)). Deliver initial, refresher and qualification training, cross-discipline, to accommodate Engineering Department's Track, Signal and Buildings/Bridges workforce. Partner with Manager and Department Head to design and execute training plans (e. g., enrollments, logistics, resources) for initial, refresher, qualification and re-qualification training. Conduct field observations, administer written and practical exams and complete written performance reports to qualify and re-qualify Metra's workforce. Develop training materials including instructor/participant guides, practical exercises, assessments, and training aids used during formal, informal and web-based training by collaborating with management, technical training specialists, subject matter experts, instructional designers, technical writers and vendors. Monitor the department's Revision/Feedback Log to track, execute and/or review revisions to the training curriculum. Collect and evaluate recommendations from trainers and participants to construct new instructional strategies to improve the delivery of training. 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.
Knowledge of how to facilitate training using a variety of teaching techniques is preferred.
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.