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Signal Trainee

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Job ID: 30890
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH Consolidated Shop


The Signal Trainee is an employee in training to qualify for the position of Signal Repairman I. Each Trainee will participate in a program for a two (2) year duration consisting of formal classroom training and on-the-job training, including quarterly rotating tours on each shift and at various locations throughout PATH. Under the direct supervision of the Signal Supervisor and journey level Signal Repairmen, the Signal Trainee performs semi-skilled duties assisting in the installation, construction, test, maintenance, and repair of signal system apparatus and facilities. Signal Trainees are subject to FRA Hours of Service regulations.

NOTE: The foregoing is not exclusive and is not meant to describe all those duties that may be assigned to a Signal Trainee pursuant to the agreement between PATH and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS).

NOTE: While successfully participating in the Signal Training Program, the incumbent will not be considered for transfer to any other position, craft, or Division within PATH.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Education:  Associates Degree or higher, or successful completion of vocational/technical program, in the electrical, electronics, computer, or communications resulting in a diploma or certification is required.
  • Experience: Minimum one (1) year full-time paid work experience* performing semi-skilled duties in the installation, testing, maintenance, servicing, and/or repair of electrical/mechanical equipment or comparable maintenance or construction experience.  Substantial relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree/diploma.

NOTE: Candidates who claim work experience outside of PATH, to meet the experience requirement noted above are required to submit/attach the following information when through the resume feature of the application system:

  • Name of previous employer, address and phone number
  • Name of Contact Person
  • Dates of employment
  • A detailed description of your job duties.



Physical Requirements:

Candidates must have the physical ability to lift and carry heavy tools and material, climb and work at heights, and have unrestricted sense of sight, smell, and hearing. Color acuity is necessary to correctly identify wires, especially an ability to distinguish basic colors such as red, orange, yellow, green and blue.

License: Valid drivers license required.


How This Position Will Be Filled:

  1. WRITTEN EXAMINATION: The written exam is designed to measure knowledge of such factors as reading comprehension, mechanical reasoning, basic math skills, and electrical aptitude.
  2. INTERVIEW: The interview will consist of technical questions designed to measure such factors as job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities; interest and personal qualifications for the position; and familiarity with the PATH Book of Rules as it relates to this position.
  3. TRAINING COURSE AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION: Candidates who are selected will be enrolled in and must successfully complete the Signal Training Program, including a practical examination in the field.

This course is designed to instruct and measure the candidates practical knowledge of, and ability to perform, both the skilled and physical components of the Signal Repairman I duties.

Note: Candidates who successfully pass all phases of this evaluation will be eligible for promotion to a permanent Signal Repairman I position as a vacancy becomes available and is to be filled at PATHs discretion. Successful candidates are not permitted to move out of the Signals Department for a period of 2 years following the completion of the Signal Trainee Program.

  1. TEST DATE & LOCATION:  The Interview is to be determined for those candidates who qualify on the Written Test. Accepted candidates will be notified of the time, date and location of the test.

Compensation & Benefits

The Signal Trainee title will be covered by the provisions of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) Memorandum of Agreement

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), an FRA-regulated commuter railroad, is the primary transit link between Manhattan and New Jersey communities and suburban commuter railroads.  Carrying over 75 million passengers per year, PATH trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, one of the few 24-hour systems in the world.  Since the early 20th Century, PATH and its predecessor, the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, have carried passengers between New Jersey and points in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, serving as a key link in the regions transportation network and as a catalyst for continued residential, commercial and employment growth.

PATH operates 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year.  Employees are required to work weekends, holidays, atypical hours (evening and midnight shifts) and during inclement weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to mandatory overtime at the beginning or end of their scheduled tour, or on their days off.  A union seniority system dictates work schedules for jobs represented by one of PATH’s unions, and time off may not be immediately available during the usual summer and holiday periods.  Working conditions will be challenging, including but not limited to inclement weather, direct contact with the public, in tunnel and outside areas during active train service, and an industrial environment.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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