Rail Operations


Be a crucial part of a thriving city.

The rail operations team at CATS keeps Charlotte moving, and we are looking for amazing people to join our effort to connect Charlotteans to the places they need to go through the LYNX Blue Line and CityLYNX Gold Line systems. If you are passionate about your community and want to use your strengths daily, grow your career with CATS!

Open Positions on the Rail Operations Team:

Rail Controllers: Limited Time Signing Bonus

CATS is now offering a $7,500 bonus for anyone who is hired for a Rail Controller position in our Rail Operating Control Center (ROCC). This is available to hires with and without previous system experience and is paid in three phases:

Phase 1: $1,500 to be paid after 30 days of employment

Phase 2: $4,000 to be paid after:

•   The successful completion of the employee’s initial probation period 

•   HR’s receipt of InitialPRD reflecting Satisfactory Performance of their initial 90-day probationary period

•   The successful completion of the CATS ROCC Training period (at or around 4 months of employment)

Phase 3: $2,000 to be paid after six (6) months of employment


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Key Rail Team Benefits

  • Training and development to advance your career
  • A chance to effect change in a growing, thriving city
  • Competitive pay
  • 10 days annual paid vacation, 12 days annual paid sick leave, 11 holidays, one floating personal day
  • Military, jury duty, funeral and school support paid leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance coverage
  • Short-term and long-term disability program
  • Employer contribution to the City's 401(k) plan including 401(k) and 457 voluntary deferred compensation programs
  • Flexible spending account and health savings account program
  • Free and confidential Employee Assistance Program
  • Education assistance and reimbursement for approved college education
  • N.C. retirement system pension

"CATS gives you the joys of interacting with people from different walks of life."

— Tiffany, Rail Operator

Role Requirements for Rail Operations

  • Operators must be at least 21 years of age
  • Operators must have GED or equivalent
  • Experience requirements vary by position
  • Background check
  • Pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The Hiring Process

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  • Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B with P endorsement license
    • Candidates must obtain a CDL Class B with a Passenger endorsement, allowing you to operate vehicles that have air brakes and carry more than 15 passengers before their start date.
    • CATS will cover the cost of your CDL for qualified applicants! Operators must first obtain their CDL Permit.
  • Submit your application at Join Team Charlotte
  • Interview, testing, and job offer

    If your skills meet our qualifications and you pass the pre-employment assessment, we will call you to schedule an interview (lasting approx. one hour). Following a successful interview, you may receive a job offer contingent on passing the following tests, done at no cost to you:

    • Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam
    • Drug screening
    • Human Performance Evaluation (HPE) to determine if you are physically capable of performing the job (lifting, sitting in a confined space, etc.)
    • Criminal background check
    • Employment verification

    Note: You must successfully pass all required tests and pre-employment activities before advancing to the next step.

  • Orientation and training

    Once your have the CDL Class B with P endorsement license, you will be scheduled for orientation and six (6) weeks of paid classroom training with CATS. Operators must pass all training exams with 100% accuracy to remain in the training program. You will be given two opportunities to pass the assessments.

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