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Network Engineer, Signals

Job ID: 36292
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH Consolidated Shop


Under direction of the Supervising Engineer, Power, Signals and Communication Division, the Signal Network Engineer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Network Systems equipment comprising of servers, switches and data communication systems; to ensure that mission-critical life-safety signal and train control systems and data communications systems are maintained in a state of good repair.

The selected candidate will

  • Perform technical duties in design, administration, maintenance, troubleshooting and construction supervision of the train control and signal data communication systems.
  • Provide technical support in troubleshooting software-related systems failures with both office and field Signal and Communications employees.
  • Perform network configuration, analysis and troubleshooting of Ethernet and fiber-optic networks, including managed switches, routers, network management servers, network interfaces and media converters
  • Ensure timely backup and restore capabilities, data archiving and retrieval management for all mission critical and safety critical network systems.
  • Investigate, diagnose and resolve system malfunctions at field and office locations.
  • Perform data log retrieval and analysis to determine causes of failures and anomalies.
  • Conduct quick-response research and analysis on strategic issues.
  • Present in-house instruction and training to technical staff, including organizing and delivering appropriate classes for the maintenance training program.
  • Develop documentation and procedures.
  • Prepare procurement documents for the purchase of materials, supplies and equipment needed by the Signal Department.
  • Be available for call-in and extended work hours.



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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Communications, IT, or Network Management and Administration, from an accredited college or university. Additional 5-6 years’ experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • A minimum 5 years’ continuous full-time paid work experience of direct responsibility in designing, configuring, integrating, installing, managing, maintaining, testing and operating mission-critical life-safety networks, including applications of fiber-optic-based systems and/or similar high-speed data network hardware and software.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Hirschmann Certifications
  • Alcatel Certifications 
  • Familiarity with Siemens Airlink radio system;
  • Familiarity with Signal Design principles as applied to rapid-transit signal system design including Communication-Based Train Control, related computer programming and computer networking.
  • Familiarity with rail transit system operations.
  • Familiarity with Federal Railroad Administration regulations, especially 49 CFR Part 236, and AREMA Communications & Signals Manual of Recommended Practices.
  • Ability to use network test equipment, including optical power meters and OTDRs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and AutoCAD applications
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions; in tunnels adjacent to active electrified tracks; in cramped, slippery and dusty locations; and occasionally on different shifts
  • 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. 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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