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Communications Equipment Specialist

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Job ID: 60350
Department: Operations Services
Location: Jersey City, NJ




The Communications Equipment Specialist (CES) is responsible for repairing, testing, configuring, installing, and modifying electronic equipment that includes Public Safety radio systems, CCTV, intercoms, public addresses, computer-based systems, fiber optic systems, and related equipment.


CESs install and maintain radio antenna and transmission line systems and a wide variety of electronic communications systems utilizing industry knowledge of standard practices, methods, equipment, tools, and materials used in radio and electronic testing, repair, and maintenance. CESs interprets and works from electrical and electronic drawings, plans, diagrams, and specifications and prepares rough, working drawings modifications.   Work includes:


  • In-building Distributed Antenna Systems for radio communications. (Wireless systems).
  • Public Safety radio systems.
  • Public address systems.
  • Closed Circuit Television Systems
  • IP Network-based communications equipment. (ROIP, VOIP)
  • Fiber Optics, including RF-over-fiber.


CESs respond to emergencies during regular working hours and off-hours, make decisions, and take actions necessary to restore equipment and systems to service. CESs estimate the time, materials, and equipment required for work and ensure that the necessary material and equipment are at the job site when needed. Shift work is required.


Communications Equipment Specialists report to a central location in New Jersey and perform work at various Port Authority facilities throughout the New York/New Jersey region.



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


  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Must possess General Radiotelephone Operator's License issued by the FCC
  • (Applicants without this license will be required to obtain it within three months of
  • employment).
  • Three to five years of paid work experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of a wide variety of electronic systems. I am skilled in the use of radiofrequency and fiber optic test equipment.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the Air Brakes endorsement or higher. Applicants without a Class B CDL must receive a Class B CDL Permit with a blessing before their first day of work will be required to obtain a Class B CDL with endorsement within three months of employment.  Applicants should refer to the following websites for further information on obtaining a CDL and medical clearance for CDL Licensing: OR
  • Port Authority or PATH employees, are not eligible to apply to this posting and must apply to this position internally.



Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Previous experience in one or more of the following industries/professions: Telecom, Cellular,Audio/Visual, Radio & Television Broadcasting, Avionics, and Military
  • Extensive knowledge of the standard practices, methods, tools, and materials used in the testing, repair, and maintenance of a wide variety of electronic communication equipment and systems.
  • Working knowledge of FCC Rules and Regulations
  • Demonstrated familiarity with current equipment, components, and techniques used in the and mobile radio industry, including vehicular installations.
  • Experience with test equipment: Multimeters, Spectrum Analyzers, Power Meters, Service Monitors
  • Understanding basic networking: Switches, Routers, DHCP, DNS, Command line programming.
  • CCNA, MCSA, COMP TIA + Certifications a plus
  • Previous industry experience with T1, SONET, Multiplexing, DSL, FTTP, FTTN, FTTH, VOIP
  • Previous experience in one or more of the following industries/professions: Telecom, Cellular, Audio/Visual, Radio & Television Broadcasting, Aeronautics
  • Awareness of safety precautions involving electromagnetic radiation exposure




Applicants under consideration will be contacted via email for testing. 


Selected qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a in the assessment process which consists of written and practical examinations.


The written test is designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in areas such as:


  • General Electrical/Electronic Knowledge
  • CCTV Systems Theory
  • Fiber Optics Systems
  • Microwave Systems
  • Radio Communications Theory


Successful written test candidates will be invited to participate in a hands-on practical exam. The practical exam will measure the candidate's knowledge, skill, and ability to work with tools, equipment, and materials used in communications systems maintenance and repair, demonstrating the professional trade practices required for this job title. Candidates will be tested for their ability to work at various heights.


The practical exam will also include four of the following exercises:


  • Interconnecting Radio Base Station Equipment and Antenna Network
  • Bench Troubleshooting of a Faulty FM Receiver
  • Installing Communications Cable Connectors
  • Bench Troubleshooting a Regulated Power Supply
  • Connecting Security TV Network Equipment


Selected candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check and public safety background check and will be asked to provide copies of the required licenses for verification.


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.


  • Starting Salary:  $75,608.00 (subject to collective bargaining agreement).



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:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

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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