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Supervising Engineer, Signals

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Job ID: 31388
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH Consolidated Shop


Reporting to the Superintendent, Power, Signals, and Communications Division, the Supervising Engineer Signals will be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities in the day-to-day management of the PATH Signal System, Signal Engineering Staff, Consultants, and Capital Project activities at PATH. The selected candidate will Manage Engineering staff in the support of Capital projects; Support day to day railroad operations and passenger safety; Provide 24-hour response and coverage to system outages; Enhancement and implementation of departmental training programs, maintenance programs and related activities for the new Communications Based Train Control system; Preparing of and managing equipment and maintenance contracts, and related technical and non-technical documents; Make recommendations for and initiating corrective action to improve equipment reliability, development of new component design drawings and specifications.

Within the Power, Signals, and Communications Division the selected candidate will:

  • Build and maintain expertise in railroad signaling design and application under the rules and guidelines of the Federal Railroad Administration.
  • Knowledge of system network and data communications systems using Ethernet, Modbus, TCP/IP protocols, fiber optics, managed switches, data modems and related equipment;
  • Perform technical and managerial duties in the rehabilitation, maintenance, design, and capital improvements to the signal system.
  • Develop specifications for capital projects, schedules, and budgets. Takes appropriate actions to insure that projects are completed on time and within budgets.
  • Responsible for signal system research and development activities, including selection, approval, and implementation of new products and procedures.
  • Support construction, planning studies and planning coordination activities.
  • Implement the PATH CBTC-PTC project by reviewing designs submitted and monitoring location designs, testing and schedules;
  • Analyze, direct and delegate the investigation of signal design issues in conventional relay based safety field designs and control office systems.
  • Cultivate working relationships with peers at other railroad transportation agencies. Coordinate with PA Engineering staff, other PA and PATH Departments, Consultants, and Capital Project activities.
  • Manage and develop lower level technical staff, establish individual and group goals and expectations, as well as providing opportunities for growth and development. Instruct and train signal personnel.
  • Respond to PATH outages 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, at a moment's notice in order to restore service.


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

  • MS or BS Degree in Electrical, Electronic, or Computer Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Ten years progressive experience in Railroad Signal Design and Management.
  • Must possess a high degree of familiarity with Federal Railroad Administration Rules and Regulations, CFR 49;
  • Expertise in rapid transit signal system design, related computer microprocessor programming and computer networking applications



Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Strong innovative and analytical abilities, troubleshooting and repair skills.
  • Must possess supervisory management, interpersonal, and program management skills.
  • Proven ability to lead, manage, and prioritize multiple assignments with multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving, negotiations and conflict resolution skills to effectively reach sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team of design personnel and outside consultants.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team or independently on complex assignments, and to work in a fast-paced team environment on multi-disciplinary projects. Requires the use of independent judgment and decision making skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.


Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

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

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


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

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