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Staff Signal Designer

Job ID: 34965
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH Consolidated Shop


Under the direction of the Senior Signal Engineer and Senior Signal Designer, the incumbent will perform responsible technical duties in the design, testing, modification and maintenance of the signal system governing train movements.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Determine proper location of signals in connection with modifications to the signal system by means of manual or computerized speed-time-distance calculations.
  • Design circuits required for installations, modifications to the signal system.
  • Determine equipment requirements and prepare cost estimates, develop project schedules, and prepare circuit and wiring diagrams.
  • Prepare test plans and procedures and conduct field breakdown and operational tests on new, rehabilitated or modified signal installations.  Simulate various operating conditions and train movements to ascertain that signal equipment operates in accordance with PATH and FRA requirements and that signal apparatus is functioning as designed.
  • Maintain and update files of signal system circuit drawings, signal power diagrams, wiring diagrams and equipment plans
  • Prepare new or revised drawings as required.


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

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in Electrical Engineering/Technology, Electronics Technology, Computer Science, Communications Technology or related field OR a minimum of 10 years of industry experience.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpreted scaled plan and profile drawings and electrical/electronic circuit and /or logic diagram schematics.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform circuit design and analysis and/or application of programmable logic controllers or digital logic design
  • Demonstrated experience conducting circuit and operational tests.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare cost and schedule estimates
  • Demonstrated experience of use of standard office computer application programs.

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

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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