Working as an Electro Mechanic Trainee can lead to a career as a Journeyman 1 Electro Mechanic. It’s a one-year training program designed to give you the required skills to become a Journeyman 1 Electro Mechanic. Please review the information below to better understand the job requirements, the recruitment process and the training program.
Applications for the Electro Mechanic Trainee position are only accepted when there is an open job posting.
Applicants who meet all the qualifications may be invited for a written mechanical aptitude test. Typically there are several sittings to accommodate everyone.
Pre-hire employment requirement
References must be someone who has directly supervised the applicant for a minimum of six months.
Once you have passed the interview, you must complete an electronic police information check with our agency. You may be required to attend in person for security reasons. You must pay for the security clearance.
Applicants selected for training will be required to take a pre-employment drug test and class 2 medical exam. These exams will be conducted at a specific medical facility and paid for by Calgary Transit.
Once everything is completed successfully, a job offer will be conducted a minimum of two weeks prior to training.
If successful with all recruitment steps, you will be required to complete our training program which is one year in duration.
Training will include a variety of shifts including afternoons, days, weekends and some midnight shifts. Training will be conducted at two separate garages and will include a theory and practical component. Electro Mechanic Trainees must pass the LRV Rulebook and LRV Mainline training to continue in the program.
Training will focus on all areas of maintenance and repair of LRVs. Theory will be conducted on computers with quizzes on each lesson and an exam at the end of each module. Practical application will take place on the shop floor covering modules learned in the theory portion.
Working as an Electro Mechanic Trainee is a challenging stepping stone to a rewarding career. As this is a temporary one-year position, once training is completed an Electro Mechanic Trainee must bid on a Journeyman 1 Electro Mechanic position. As a Journeyman 1 Electro Mechanic is a unionized position, hours of work and garage selection will be based on seniority.
Applications are only accepted when there is an open competition.
The whole process can take eight to twelve weeks. Once the top qualified applicants are identified, you will then be invited in for a written test. The top scores from this test will then be invited in for an interview. If you are successful, we would then contact your references, and you must complete a pre-employment drug test and medical. You would also need to complete a security clearance. This would be followed by a job offer two weeks prior to the start of employment.
Minimum qualifications are the minimum required for your application to be considered. As this is a competitive process, we choose the most qualified applicants for the position. This may include a combination of factors such as: pre-hire qualifications, previous experience, training, education and class of driver’s licence.
We do not hire Electro Mechanic Trainees unless there are open positions that can be filled once they graduate. You would have to bid into these positions in seniority.
There is a test which tests basic mechanical knowledge and knowledge of electrical circuits, physics, and safety. As this is a competitive posting, only the top scores will move on to the interview stage.
The test covers basic mechanical principles such as electrical components, schematics, physics, diagnostic components and safety.
You will need either a completed Automotive Services Technician certification, Electric Motor Systems Technician certification, or a four-year Heavy Equipment Technician certificate that is valid and up to date in your province of issue. (Red seal preferred).
If I am hired permanently after the one year trainee position, what would my shifts be?
Shifts are filled by seniority. There would be a very good chance of working midnights, but this will depend on what shifts are available at the time.
What type of shifts will I work as an Electro Mechanic Trainee?
Mostly day and afternoon shifts but there may be some midnight and weekend shifts.
What does Training consist of?
There is a theory and practical component of training. Basically, you would learn the theory portion of a module and then apply the learning in a practical setting. Each shift and garage may have different learning opportunities. Once a basic knowledge is established on components and the make-up of the train car, you will have a chance to inspect, repair, replace or rebuild these components. You will also be paired with experienced Electros to better understand the diagnostic process.
Do I have to pass tests during my year of training?
Each module on the computer will have quizzes to help you better understand the information. There will be an exam at the end of each module. For the hands on training portion you will have OJT’S (On the job training forms). Once a task is completed and understood the appropriate OJT can be signed off.
We have two garages that you could work from. Oliver Bowen in the city’s north east is primarily for heavy mechanical overhaul such as bogeys pantograph, HVAC, brake components and couplers. Anderson Garage in the south west is mainly for electrical components overhaul and rebuild. Both garages perform routine maintenance and inspections on the cars. Most work will take place within the facility but there is also work outside at times.
For the most part they are. You will have to bring in certain hand tools but mostly we will provide tools. There is also a yearly tool allowance to help you purchase tools. A small roll cabinet will be provided and you can bring a top box or whatever you choose. Due to the nature of the worksite and movement between sites you will not need to bring a large roll cab.
Your vacation is based on the hours worked your previous year. Vacation selection is based on seniority. Not all weeks may be available as a new employee. Vacation is approved depending on operational needs on each shift and garage. Planned first and second picks are submitted early in the year.
This information can be found on the City of Calgary recruiting page and within the current ATU583 collective agreement posted. Your pension contributions do not start until you complete training and bid into an established position as training is done on a limited term position and not eligible.
Yes of course! Road testing is a part of many of the repairs and inspections. Electro Mechanics are solely responsible to recover breakdowns and trains involved in collisions.