PLTO Manager of Facilities Maintenance

Reports To: Director of Maintenance

Salary: $130,000 - $150,000

Competitive Benefits Package: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Paid Leaves Program, and 401K Plan.


Purple Line Transit Operators (PLTO) is a member of a private consortium (Purple Line Transit Partners) which holds a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contract with the Maryland Department of Transportation/Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT/MTA) for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and financing of the Purple Line, a new 16 mile/21 station light rail transit line located in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Maryland. ( PLTO's role in the Project is for the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the Purple Line for a 30-year O&M Period after the service opens to the public, currently scheduled for late spring 2027. Prior to this opening, PLTO is responsible for participating in system design, testing, and service start-up activities; conducting certain facilities and equipment maintenance scopes; and building the organization which will perform the O&M Period activities.

PLTO is a joint venture of two companies: Alternate Concepts, Inc (ACI) and CAF USA, Inc. (CAF). ACI is an industry leader in mass transit operations and maintenance and is the O&M provider for the only two Design-Build-Operate-and-Maintain (DBOM)/ Design-Build-Finance-Operate-and-Maintain (DBFOM) transit projects in the U.S: Tren Urbano in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Eagle P3 in Denver, Colorado. CAF USA, Inc. (a division of the international Spanish railway manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) designs, manufactures, maintains, and supplies equipment and components for railway systems and is a certified rail maintenance organization with a presence on five continents.

On behalf of PLTO, ACI is conducting this recruitment for a Manager of Facilities Maintenance which has been identified as a key position that is needed as PLTO builds the organizational capacity to perform its 30-year O&M scope. The Manager of Facilities Maintenance will be responsible for coordinating and directing the maintenance, alteration, and cleaning of all Purple Line facilities including the physical buildings, all equipment and machinery in the facilities, and all associated landscaping and parking lots in accordance with PLTO standards and requirements. The Purple Line facilities include two Operations and Maintenance Facilities (three-story/163,000 sq. ft. Glenridge OMF in Prince George's County and one-story/6500 sq. ft Lyttonsville OMF in Montgomery County) and 21 Purple Line passenger stations. The position of Manager of Facilities Maintenance will continue from the current pre-operational phase of the Purple Line project into the 30-year O&M Period and will be part of the permanent PLTO organization.


  • During the pre-operational phase of the project, the Manager of Facilities Maintenance, as part of the O&M Team, will work on various issues required to mobilize for the O&M period, as well as establishing the overall facilities maintenance work plan and procedures for the O&M Period. Likely responsibilities prior to the start of the O&M period include:
    • Development of PLTO contractually required document Submittals, including revisions.
    • Preparation of PLTO facility-related review responses to Design-Builder Submittals, including requests for design changes, field modifications, or non-conformance remediations.
    • Development of O&M Period Facilities Maintenance program and procedures.
    • Serve as the lead for PLTO’s participation in facility handovers from the Design-Builder. Perform audits to verify system readiness and support facility planning requirements.
    • Development of the electronic asset register and preventive maintenance work order system for PLTO facility related assets (Trapeze EAM), including tracking receipt of all asset manuals and materials necessary to establish the facilities maintenance program.
    • Participation in the procurement of non-revenue tools and equipment.
    • Establishment and management of pre-revenue maintenance functions as assets are turned over from the Design Builder, either through direct performance of maintenance tasks, or recruitment and hiring of staff or third-party subcontractors.
    • Other activities as required to establish a high-functioning Facilities Maintenance group within the O&M Organization.
  • During the O&M Period, the Manager of Facilities Maintenance will:
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive program to assure that all stations, buildings, structures, and grounds are clean, well maintained and that all maintenance activities are carried out efficiently and safely.
    • Define, implement, and oversee system-wide preventive and corrective maintenance programs utilizing both in-house resources and third-party subcontracts as required. Determine optional replacement and preventive maintenance cycles to ensure fully operational facilities and related systems to support the user needs of both passengers and employees.
    • Supervise Facility Engineer and Facility Maintainers, including participation in hiring, conduct of performance reviews, approval of leave requests and timesheets, and recommendation of personnel actions as needed.
    • Issue work assignments to Facility Engineer and Facility Maintainers and supervise their work, assuring timely and accurate completion of required work. Verify that completed work conforms with specifications and standards.
    • Ensure materials needed for facility maintenance work are available. Document work accomplished and labor and materials used in the electronic EAM system (Trapeze EAM). Prepare other reports as required.
    • Oversee all subcontracted maintenance services, including, but not limited to: station cleaning; landscaping; major graffiti removal; pest control; trash and waste disposal; equipment installation; and preventive maintenance and repair of buildings, stations, equipment, escalator/elevators, HVAC systems, building wiring and electronic and OMF facility parking lots.
    • Develop and implement maintenance procedures and programs designed to ensure an efficient, safe, and cost-effective facilities maintenance department. Analyze electrical and HVAC systems performance. Define productivity measures, monitor costs, establish goals, and develop initiatives to improve operating efficiencies.
    • Enforce compliance with administrative, safety, and training policies, procedures, rules, and governmental regulations. Identify and implement changes in working conditions, equipment, and procedures to increase the safety and efficiency of work crews.
    • Respond to emergency situations and initiate appropriate remedial actions as required to support safe and efficient operations.
    • Manage update and submission of the Facilities Maintenance Plan and other contractually required Submittals.
    • Act as liaison to public utility, environmental, and energy agencies, as required.
    • Assist in the preparation, monitoring and control of the annual operating budget for Facilities, prioritizing resource expenditures, overtime allocation and employee availability.
    • Oversee the development and implementation of safety goals designed to support the application of facility management related responsibilities outlined in the PLTO Safety Documents.
    • Coordinate activities with other departments.
    • All other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (BSCE, BSME, BSEE) required. Four years of progressively responsible related supervisory experience including in-depth knowledge of facilities management including experience with budget planning, monitoring, and control. Prior experience managing third party facility related subcontracts preferred. Extended work experience may be substituted for educational credentials if appropriate.
  • Ability to interact constructively and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with external stakeholders and employees at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of s, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Ability to develop and manage annual and long-range budgets.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to read and understand design drawings. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work at multiple facilities.
  • Proficiency in using software applications to analyze data, prepare correspondence, reports and presentations and manage projects.
  • Must possess a valid Maryland driver's license.
  • A willingness to work during evening and weekend hours as needed.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies and handle trouble calls on a 24/7 basis.
  • Successful candidates must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check; pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening test; be willing to comply with PLTO's Drug and Alcohol Policy; and be eligible to work in the U.S.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, and sit for periods of time varying in length, walk up and down stairs, and lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment

Successful candidates will be expected to work in a hybrid workplace where frequent field visits, in-office presence, and some remote work may be combined. Some travel may be required to collaborate with partners. While performing the duties of this job (while in the field), the employee must be aware of his/her surroundings and may be exposed to outside weather conditions, moving mechanical systems, and building components as well as varying noise levels both within the rail maintenance yards and inside the Operations and Maintenance Facility (“OMF”). Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is always required while in the field and in construction zones.

ACI reserves the right to revise this job description from time to time. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.

ACI is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job classifications and ensure that all other personnel actions are administered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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