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System Safety Investigator

Job ID: 37984
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH


The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is seeking a System Safety Investigator to conduct investigations of rail accidents, incidents, derailments, fires, injuries etc. You will identify probable cause identify probable cause, contributing factors and integrate safety recommendations into Corrective Action Plans, Emergency Management Plans and the System Safety Program Plan. You will ensure adherence to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) accident /incident/ injury compliance protocols and reporting. This position may require nighttime and weekend response dependent upon incidents as they occur.


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

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Safety Management or related areas such as an applied science or system safety from an accredited college or university OR 7+ years’ experience in rail operations/accident/incident investigation, 5 of which must have been in a supervisor capacity.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Seven years’ experience in rail accident/incident investigation and system safety.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written skills.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Skilled in decision-making, problem analysis and resolution.
  • Experience in conducting vehicle/equipment accident and personal injury investigations.
  • Knowledge of rail operations and rail systems, including train control, car equipment, signal systems, traction power, track and rail infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of FRA regulations, National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) guidelines and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.
  • Physical ability to work in a railroad environment

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 region's 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. Commitment to attendance is expected and required.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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