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2020 Engineering & Architecture Associates Program

Job ID: 35759
Department: Engineering
Location: 4 World Trade Center


The Port Authority of NY & NJ is looking for career-minded individuals with a passion and commitment to public service to join our distinguished Engineering & Architecture Associates Program! This is a two-year rotational program designed for students who expect to receive their degree in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

This program is a two-year commitment in which students apply to one of openings below in either design or construction. Associates spend their first year rotating across several different Port Authority facilities completing a series of work assignments on large- and small-scale projects involving different fields of construction and design. These work assignments are designed to expose you to the different functions of the Engineering Department and provide you with broad exposure to the various functions within engineering. In their second year, Associates begin working in their permanent assignment.

Our engineers and architects are responsible for providing services in preparation for engineering studies, preliminary designs, final contract drawings, and construction projects. Our engineers and architects are working on some of the largest projects in the region. As an Associate, you would have frequent opportunities to work alongside seasoned professionals helping you develop your professional credentials while giving you the opportunity to see "the big picture" of transportation infrastructure. Associates also have numerous educational and professional development opportunities, trainings, mentoring programs, and frequent opportunities to work alongside senior management.

We are currently recruiting for the following disciplines for our 2020 class:

  1. Architecture - are involved in a wide array of specialties, including urban planning, building design, site planning, landscape design, graphic design, and sustainable design. Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree from an NAAB accredited professional degree program in Architecture. Architecture students must be sure to submit a portfolio or portfolio sample in the same document as their resume.
  2. Electrical Design – Our electrical design group design electrical installations including power, controls, lighting, and fire alarm systems at all Port Authority facilities. 
  3. Mechanical Design – Our mechanical design group design plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, and central heating and refrigeration, plumbing, and fire protection systems at Port Authority facilities. 
  4. Structural Design – Our mechanical design group prepare designs for both new construction as well as modifications and repairs to existing structures, including but not limited to buildings, bridges, tunnels, airport, rail, and waterfront structures.  Responsibilities include field inspection and assessment, hands on design and drawing preparation.   
  5. Civil Design – Our civil design group perform design related to horizontal and vertical alignment, grading, drainage, water and sanitary utilities for Port Authority roadways, airfields and ports. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.
  6. Construction Management Engineers – Our construction engineers inspect work installed under construction contracts assuring adherence to approved shop drawings, catalog cuts and the Contract Specifications.  Responsibilities also include the witnessing and performance of code required special inspections, review of site safety and coordination of work with Facility Operations.  

We are currently recruiting for Construction Engineers in the Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Structural disciplines.


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

  • Students graduating with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Summer 2019, Fall 2019/Winter 2020, or Spring 2020 in Architecture or an Engineering discipline.
  • Candidates must have a clear interest in public service management and possess a record of academic achievement.
  • Candidates are selected based on academic achievement, analytical and communication skills, and work experience.
  • Candidates selected for Construction Management positions must have a Driver's License
  • FE is preferred for Design positions

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority offers a competitive compensation and benefits program including health, dental, life insurance, vacation, holidays and tuition assistance. 

How To Apply

To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button. Please be sure to complete all steps of the application process and click Submit at the end. Applicants will receive a generated confirmation email upon application completion. Alternatively, you can visit and utilize the search bar by entering Keyword 2020 Engineering and Architecture Associate Program

  • Architecture students must be sure to submit a portfolio or sample portfolio in the same document as their resume.

​Applications are due Sunday, October 13 at 11:59pm.

  • The interview process will take place end of October - November. A phone screen and in-person interview will be conducted. Offers will be communicated end of November. This timeline is subject to change.

This solicitation is not a guarantee of employment. 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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