Foreperson, Rail Vehicles

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City : Toronto

Category :

Industry : Public Transportation

Employer : Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Requisition ID: 1575 
Number of Vacancies: On-going Recruitment 
Department: Rail Cars & Shops - Various locations
Salary Information:  View on TTC website  -  View on TTC website
Pay Scale Group:  8SA
Employment Type:  Regular
Weekly Hours:  40, Off Days:  View on TTC website   Shift:  View on TTC website
Reports to: View on TTC website 


The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is North America's third largest transit system and has been recognized as one of the top places to work in the GTA. Guided by a forward-thinking strategic plan, the TTC's vision is to be a transit system that makes Toronto proud. The TTC's recruitment efforts are directly aligned to its mission of providing "a reliable, efficient, and integrated bus, streetcar and subway system that draws its high standards of customer care from our rich traditions of safety, service and courtesy."


General Accountability


Plans, schedules, directs and controls maintenance activities within the department.  The incumbent supervises and instructs unionized employees and/or contractors on safe work methods and habits.  They may conduct training sessions, investigations, inspections and quality audits. The role also entails administrative tasks such as timekeeping, preparing and maintaining records, generating reports, summaries, etc. related to the work.
The incumbent(s) may be required to work at various Rail Cars & Shops department facilities based on operational and business needs.
This position provides training and experience opportunities that would prepare you for a Supervisor position within the Rail Cars & Shops Department.  These development opportunities may require you to transfer to other Foreperson positions within the Department.


Key Job Functions


  • Monitor and track information, data, records, and/or equipment inventory, following up, and updating as required
  • Inspect equipment items and rebuild or improve functionality through forming, bending, welding, or other methods of fabrication
  • Assist or prepare reports, estimates, employee related documents, schedules, inventory, etc., and distribute to appropriate parties in accordance with established standards
  • Provide assistance in the preparation, development, monitoring, or other needs for a given project or organizational unit
  • Ensure employees are appropriately trained on aspects of work, policies, and safety, and that track maintenance projects are aligned with standards
  • Liaise with other colleagues, support staff, other departments, and potentially external customers or stakeholders concerning routine matters related to the work assigned
  • Planning, adjusting, and projecting work, schedules, costs, and systems as needed
  • Verify the accuracy, quality, reliability, functionality, system requirements, and/or specifications are met in a given process, document, piece of equipment, system, or work method
  • Review data for discrepancies, errors, trends, or potential cost savings, report and provide suggested solutions as necessary. Evaluate the impact and implications of findings
  • Complete tasks required to manage employees (administrative duties) along with approving or authorizing requests which are standard and meet related policy expectations and compliance regulations
  • Promotes a respectful work and service environment that supports diversity, inclusion, and is free from harassment and discrimination. Helps to build an inclusive and accessible work and service environment for all employees and customers. Ensures the needs of employees and customers are accommodated in accordance with TTC’s commitments and obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and Related Orders, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and TTC’s policies
  • Participation in the TTC Customer Service Ambassador Program




  • Understand and apply relevant laws and regulations
  • Apply the principles and practices of quality assurance
  • Apply analytical skills
  • Audit systems, processes, and products
  • Communicate in a variety of mediums
  • Understand and apply administrative policies, processes, and procedures
  • Maintain documentation and historical records
  • Use office technology, software and applications


Education and Experience


  • Completion of a post-secondary college diploma or university degree in a related discipline or a combination of education, training and experience deemed to be equivalent
  • Possession of a trade licence and/ or OACETT Engineering Technologist certification is an asset


Additional Requirements


  • Thorough knowledge of the body, mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic and air conditioning systems utilized on urban transit vehicles (revenue and non-revenue), combined with a sound knowledge of the diagnostic, inspection, repair and maintenance procedures for these components and vehicles
  • Must have an understanding of how the various skills associated with the maintenance of urban transit vehicles are utilized in a major repair and component overhaul facility
  • Must be able to supervise the activities of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled unionized employees
  • Must possess a good understanding of the applicable regulations governing the maintenance and repair of rail vehicles and applicable environmental regulations, (WHMIS, etc.)
  • Sound judgement plus well-developed problem solving, organizational, supervisory, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills including technical report writing
  • Strong scheduling skills with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Must possess a valid non-probationary Ontario Class ‘G’ driver’s licence


We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The TTC is committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the communities it serves. Committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, the TTC encourages applications from all qualified applicants. Accommodation is available for applicants, including those with disabilities, throughout the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources - Employment Services at (416) 393-4570.

The TTC’s Employment Policy prohibits relatives of current TTC employees from being hired, assigned, transferred or promoted into positions, where there is a conflict of interest due to relationship. Should you be selected for an interview, you will be required to disclose the name, relationship, and position of any relative who is a current TTC employee.

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