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Watch Engineer

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Job ID: 28928
Department: Human Resources
Location: Various NY/NJ Facilities


In a lead capacity, Watch Engineers/Stationary Engineers perform a variety of journey-level duties in the installation, operation, maintenance, repair and alteration of utility systems and related auxiliary equipment. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, air conditioning and ventilation systems, pneumatic and electrical controls, and high and low-pressure boilers, high temperature hot water generators, large capacity chiller units, and fire protection systems. The Watch Engineers/Stationary Engineers also troubleshoot and diagnose problems on a variety of plant/facility systems and are responsible for the security and satisfactory operation of a plant/facility on all off tours. Shift work may be required. Stationary Engineers/Watch Engineers work at our various Port Authority facilities throughout the NY/NJ area.


The Port Authority operates 24 hours, 7-days a week. Watch Engineers work a 40-hour week, which includes working rotating shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays. Watch Engineers work at our various Port Authority facilities throughout the NY/NJ area


Candidates MUST present ALL of the following qualifications in order to be considered:
- High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution.

- Refrigerant Technician's Certificate (RTC)

- Valid Driver’s License

- Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the Air Brakes endorsement or higher Applicants without a Class B CDL must obtain a Class B CDL Permit with endorsement before their first day of work, and will be required to obtain a Class B CDL with endorsement within three months of employment

Applicants should refer to the following websites for further information on obtaining a CDL and medical clearance for CDL Licensing: OR 


- Three of full-time paid work experience in the HVAC/Utility Systems handling high pressure boilers, steam, and refrigeration     equipment

- High-Pressure Steam Boiler Operators License issued by New York City OR New Jersey Blue Seal Steam Boiler Operators      License issued by the State of New Jersey

- New York City Refrigeration Machine Operator's License OR Blue Seal Refrigeration Machine Operator's License (Class II) issued by the State of New Jersey

- Certificate in Pesticide Application in NY or NJ (selected applicants without a Pesticide application certificate in New York or New Jersey must obtain this certificate within six months of employment).


Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package (subject to collective bargaining agreement) and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

Salary: $ 34.53 hourly (currently under negotiations).

How To Apply

How to Apply


Interested candidates can apply to this job at by clicking on the Apply Now button and submit a resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted



Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a written test that will measure the candidate's knowledge in areas such as:
*High-Pressure and Low-Pressure Heating
*Heating Systems
*A/C and Refrigeration Systems
*Auxiliary Equipment; Pumps and Controls
*Fire Protection, Fire Safety and Sprinkler Systems
*HVAC Electrical Systems, maintaining and servicing maintenance components

Successful written-test candidates will be invited to participate in a hands-on practical exam. The Stationary Engineer/Watch Engineer practical exam will measure the candidate's knowledge, skills, and ability in areas such as: working at heights; troubleshooting a rooftop furnace unit; installation of heating zones; creating a steel pipe & copper pipe loop; and central heating and refrigeration plant operation (e.g., four 50 million BTU hot water generators and four 2000 ton chiller units).


Selected candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check and will be asked to provide copies of the required licenses for verification.

About The Port Authority

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a bi-state public agency operating some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the New York / New Jersey region including The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), the primary transit link between Manhattan and New Jersey communities and suburban commuter railroads.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) is seeking outstanding individuals for the role of Watch Engineer/Stationary Engineers.


Starting Salary:  $34.53 hourly (currently under negotiations), with potential overtime.


The Port Authority of NY & NJ/Port Authority Trans-Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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