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Electrical Engineer

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Job ID: 60267
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH



Reporting to the Manager, Technical Services, the Engineer will be responsible for the preparation of electrical engineering studies scope, review of engineering contract drawings, technical specifications, and construction cost estimates; evaluate project scopes, develop design criteria, prepare and maintain critical infrastructure drawing files and database for PATH's electrical systems.  Prepare procurement documents for purchasing spare parts & equipment.  Provide technical & logistic support to maintenance staff.


Responsibilities also include:


  • Prepare preliminary criteria for new construction of electrical projects and designs for the alteration of existing structures and utility systems.
  • Review criteria including tolerances, dimensions, shapes, and sizes, and determines the properties required in materials and feasible construction methods.
  • Develop preliminary conceptual design work and planning for Capital Projects and Major Work Programs.
  • Provide internal support and recommendations for work projects with design alternatives and associated cost, for future planning and funding of projects.
  • Prepare drawings (using AutoCAD), technical specifications, cost estimates, and purchase orders.
  • Develop biddable and constructible documents to meet the requirements for internal work within schedule determined for project completion and budget.
  • Provide technical analysis and make engineering design recommendations.
  • Ensure safety, efficient operation, maintainability, technical integrity, and sound economics for projects. Ensure that projects are coordinated with all stakeholders.
  • Minimize disruption of normal facility operations.
  • Maintain knowledge of state-of-the-art technology and equipment such as power distribution systems (medium and low voltage), microprocessor-based control systems, computer assisted design, specialized systems such as lighting, fire, security, UPS, variable speed drives, fiber optics, DC traction power systems, etc.
  • Assist in incident investigations, perform root-cause analysis.  Develop and implement corrective measures.
  • The position is in Jersey City, NJ. Applicant must be available for call-in and/or extended work hours.

Please Note: This is a railroad position. The selected candidate will be enrolled in and must contribute to both Railroad Retirement instead of Social Security (FICA) and New York State Retirement System (NYSLER)





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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in increasingly responsible lead engineering, related to the design, engineering, construction, testing, commissioning, and/or operation and maintenance (O&M) of commercial/industrial electrical and power distribution systems.
  •  Design experience must include electrical systems, underground power distribution systems, low voltage power distribution systems, lighting systems, electrical calculations such as equipment sizing, short circuit, voltage drop, load studies, etc., preparation of contract drawings, coordination of technical specifications with contract drawings and cost estimating.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license



Ideal candidates will present the following profile:


  • Experience in electrical systems design, underground power distribution systems, medium & low voltage power distribution systems, DC traction power systems, electric motors and controls, lighting, and communication systems.
  • Experience in performing electrical calculations such as equipment sizing, short circuit, voltage drop, load studies, etc.
  • Proficiency in preparing contract drawings such as power distribution one-lines, riser and interconnection diagrams, equipment layouts, plans, sections, details, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work independently.  Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Electrical CAD design software, AutoCAD & Revit.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable industry standards, codes, and practices, and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic rail transit operations and safety procedures.
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills, including business and financial analysis, cost/schedule estimating, and current electrical technology applications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, including ability to complete complex technical assignments and prepare and analyze technical reports.
  • Proficient in the use of standard office computer application programs, including Microsoft Office. Effective interpersonal and motivational skills, and experience in successfully working with, leading, and supervising diverse employee groups, including unionized, supervisory, and administrative and clerical staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate successfully with all levels of management, other Divisions and Departments, and external business contacts and agencies.
  • Ability to work in both an office and field environment in an operating rail rapid transit system and medium-voltage high-tension electrical facilities.


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 PATH:

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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