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Communications Network Engineer

Job ID: 36264
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH Consolidated Shop


Under the direction for the Chief Communications Supervisor, the selected incumbent will be responsible for voice, data, CCTV and radio communication, control and alarm systems used for various PATH operations, including employee communications, customer information, fare collection, and security over PATHs SONET and DWDM system and associated networks. Duties include providing system administration and analysis for various computer-based data networks used in support of PATHs communications systems; coordinating with SONET and network equipment manufactures, and Port Authority network and project contractors; designing and provisioning for adds and changes on the PATH SONET and DWDM and associated networks; directing, as necessary a unionized technical workforce in assembling installing testing, diagnosing, maintaining, repairing, and removing communications apparatus; assisting in preparing and reviewing technical design and construction specifications, drawings, requests for proposals, schedules, and other contractual documents; project managing various capital improvement and state of good repair projects, to maintain schedule, budget, and quality performance; coordinating and managing the purchase of equipment, tools and materials; investigating, diagnosing and resolving system malfunctions at field and office locations’ preparing and reviewing specifications , instructions and procedures to ensure proper equipment installation, operation and maintenance; developing and presenting in-house instruction and training to technical staff on proper equipment usage for systems applications, maintenance, diagnostics, and repair; direct engineering and support staff in the development of computer program applications, schematics, documentation, and procedures.


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

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Electronics Engineering or related discipline from a recognized college or university.
  • Applicants without graduating from college or holding a degree in an unrelated academic discipline will be considered with a minimum of 10 years in fiber optic and data networking.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • CISCO Certifications
  • Minimum 5 years continuous full-time paid work experience in the communications field, with a concentration in and direct responsibility for designing, configuring, integrating, installing, testing, and operating computer networks, including application of fiber optic-based SONET and DWDM systems and/or similar high-speed data network hardware and software systems to include Cisco ML, SPR, RPR, Vlan, routing and network hierarchy.
  • Demonstrated ability to program network devices such as computers, routers, fiber optic transmission equipment, Firewalls, data protocol converters and switches to ensure proper data flow through a network and circuit functions.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing technical design specifications and construction drawings including creating, updating and maintaining drawings in AutoCAD.
  • Demonstrated experience in network IP address management and experience with assigning network devices in a logical sequence.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and understanding of network security administration
  • Thorough working knowledge of data protocols to include RS232, RS422 Ethernet, DS-3 and T1, in accordance with data industry standards.
  • Demonstrated understanding of project management principles and experience in prioritizing multiple projects, managing time effectively, and working independently.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse workforce in a field environment, and supervise/direct subordinates including technical, unionized staff.
  • Ability to work at elevated heights from ladders, in severe weather conditions; in tunnels adjacent to active electrified tracks; in cramped, slippery, dusty locations; and on all shifts with a non-traditional work week.
  • General knowledge of rail transit systems, operations, and industry safety practices.

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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