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Electrician (PATH Car Equipment)

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Job ID: 31751
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Harrison Car Maintenance Facil


Under the direct supervision of Car Equipment Division Supervisor or Foreman, the incumbent performs skilled electrical work in the troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of a wide variety of electrical and electronic equipment on PATH fleet of railcars.

Some specific functions and duties of an Electrician at Car Equipment Division are:

  • Troubleshoot, test, repair, rewire electrical and electronic equipment of the railcar subsystems such as traction control, HVAC, lighting, communications, auxiliary power supply, electronic signage, and all other electrical/electronic system/subsystems that make up the whole railcar; performs extensive fault log downloads from the railcar using computerized Portable Test Equipment (PTE) to conduct troubleshooting and repair of railcar failures/defects; performs removal, installation, assembly and disassembly of various railcar systems/subsystems;
  • Perform repair and overhaul of railcar equipment -away from the railcar- in Electrical Shop (i.e., bench-work); uses electrical and electronic test equipment for troubleshooting and repair of railcar defects/failures; cleans electrical and electronic assemblies/subassemblies including Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), equipment covers/enclosures, motors, and all parts/components associated with railcar systems; uses hand and power tools, both electrical and pneumatic in performance of above duties.
  • Work is performed in accordance with established service and maintenance procedures in effect in PATH, in conformance with FRA and OSHA rules and regulations.

NOTE: The foregoing is not exclusive and is not meant to describe all those duties which may be assigned to a Electrician pursuant to the agreement between PATH and RITU.


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

Education: High School or Equivalency Diploma is required.

Experience: Completion of a registered Car Equipment Electrician Apprentice Program or, four (4) years of experience as a journeyman in the Electrical trade, or 5 years combined experience as a journeyman, Apprentice, and/or Trade School in the Electrician trade. The Electrical trade includes, but is not limited to: reading electrical prints; wiring/rewiring components; working from and handling printed circuits; utilizing test instruments, precision meters, and tools and equipment associated with electrical work; troubleshooting and resolving electrical problems; motor control troubleshooting and diagnostics, building wiring, security alarm systems installation, troubleshooting and/or repair, elevator maintenance.

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

An evaluation will be held to identify candidates for the position of Electrician in the Car Equipment Division.

Performance Test: The performance test Will consist of a series of practical problems designed to assess key competencies related to the performance of the Electrician position such as circuit wiring, circuit design, troubleshooting, electrical equipment/assembly testing, electrical print/schematics, and computer skills (i.e., use of computerized Portable Test Equipment).

Interview: The interview will consist of questions designed to measure such factors as job-related skills, interest
in the position and personal qualifications for this position.

Make-Up Examination Policy: Accepted candidates who receive notification of a test date, reporting time, and test location are expected to appear for testing. Make-up examinations are provided when a candidate's absence is due to: Short-term military service; Official work assignment; Mandatory religious observance; Jury duty service; Subpoenaed
court appearance; Marriage; Hospitalization, Recovery from surgery, Birth of one’s Child; Serious medical emergency of an immediate family member; Death of an immediate family member; Absence due to Injury-On-Duty/Long-Term sickness; Medical complications due to a chronic illness; Documented traffic/public transportation delays; Vacation scheduled prior to announcement of an evaluation that would result in documented significant financial loss if cancelled.  All make-up requests must include relevant supporting documentation and are subject to verification. Only requests postmarked no more than five (5) working days after the scheduled test date will be considered.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position will be $35.97 to $38.56 per hour depending on experience in accordance with RITU 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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