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Automatic Train Control (ATC) Engineer

Job ID: 35854
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Harrison Car Maintenance Facil


Under the general supervision of the Supervisor of Technical Services, the selected candidate will provide technical support to Car Equipment Division staff on issues concerning PATH rolling stock, with major emphasis on Automatic Train Control (ATC) functions of the railcar.  Responsibilities include monitoring the performance of PATH rolling stock; analysis/review/evaluation of daily railcar related ATC faults and failures; recommending and initiating corrective action to improve equipment reliability; analyzing equipment defect trend data; developing railcar component design drawings and specifications for new/alternate equipment and systems; conducting feasibility studies on alternate types of railcar parts, equipment, systems, design modifications and methods of operation; preparing and managing railcar equipment procurement and maintenance contracts; preparing project reports, reliability spreadsheets, engineering drawing, and related technical and non-technical documents.



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

  • Must possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an accredited college or university. (Mechanical Engineering degree may be considered if the applicant’s core work experience is demonstrably centered around electrical/electronic aspects of the transit railcar maintenance and repair).
  • In-depth knowledge of transit railcar subsystems and their design/integration/interface concepts; minimum of three (3) years work experience in this area required.
  • Strong working knowledge of principles of Automatic Train Control/Communication Based Train Control, especially the railcar side of this architecture; minimum of one (1) year experience in this field required.
  • Good working knowledge of a broad range of electrical engineering principles (ATC/CBTC, power electronics, communications, computer networks, analog and digital circuits, AC drive/propulsion, power converters/inverters, transformers, electromagnetics); minimum of five (5) years experience in these fields (individual or cumulative) required.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Significant experience in the areas of railcar design or railcar maintenance with in-depth knowledge/familiarity of various electrical/electronic aspects of railcar subsystems including ATC, propulsion, HVAC, doors, braking, communication, electronic sign and diagnostic system, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with railcar equipment and principles of operation.
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of AutoCAD and Microsoft Office software.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently perform difficult technical assignments from inception through implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative/innovative solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively work with internal employees at all levels, including unionized staff, and external consultants, as needed.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
  • General knowledge and understanding of the PATH system infrastructure and rolling stock.
  • Familiarity with various applicable codes and standards such as FRA, NFPA, etc.


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. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

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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