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Automotive Engineer

Job ID: 60409
Department: Operations Services
Location: Port Authority Technical Cntr


The Operations Services Department is seeking to fill an Automotive Engineer position in the Central Automotive Division at PATC.  Work hours will be from 8 am to 4 pm, at the primary work location with field work to PA facilities and travel to vendor plants required. 


Under the supervision of the Supervisor, Automotive Engineers, the selected candidate will be responsible for the research, design, and preparing of procurement documents for the Authority’s Fleet of specialized automotive equipment and other units such as emergency generators and pumps powered by internal combustion engines, battery electric platforms, and hydrogen fuel cell.

The selected individual works extensively with the Supervisor of Automotive Engineers, CAD Manager, shop supervisors and other Automotive Engineers in all aspects of acquiring new fleet vehicles, including research, collaborating with end users, preparing competitive bid, RFI and RFP documents, analyzing bids and recommending purchase,

meeting with vendors in pre-production meetings, factory and acceptance inspections, processing licensing documents, approving vendor payments, and other responsibilities associated with the vehicles or equipment. Individuals shall also provide engineering support in the analyzing and inspecting of failures and/or defects in engineering design and manufacturing of vehicles in field as they occur.

Some projects may require night or weekend work and facility/field work. 

The selected candidate shall be responsible for data collection, analyzing and assessing data, creating detailed reports on numerous fields of raw data, including the Authority’s Fleet and new technology, and management of fleet information in asset database. Working knowledge of Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Database, and network communications is an essential job duty. The selected individual shall also be responsible for continuous improvement in process knowledge of current technology to improve production time in office.  


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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive, Mechanical, Industrial, or similar Engineering, or approved discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete assigned projects with a minimum of supervision.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of managerial staff both within and outside the department.
  • Must be able to work well under pressure, be flexible, adapt to shifting priorities and possess strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including technical writing.
  • Skills in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Power BI.
  • Valid Class D (NJ Basic or equal) Driver’s License with a demonstrated safe driving history.
  • Familiarity with DOT, NY & NJ Motor Vehicle regulations including size and weight limitations and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
  • Pass the required background checks and qualify for access to Secure Areas.


  • Advanced degree (MS or MA) in Engineering or Management
  • Experience in Project Management and/or Contract Administration
  • One (1) to three (3) years’ experience with duties related to fleet engineering, maintenance, or automotive design.
  • Familiarity with Port Authority Contract Administration duties and responsibilities.
  • Membership in Professional Societies such as NFPA, ASME, SAE or other organizations involved in standards setting
  • Demonstrated ability to establish working relationships with staff from all Port Authority Departments, from all levels of management including Executive Staff, contractors and outside vendors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Authority’s procurement process, Memorandum of Agreement with affiliated staff Unions, PAI’s and Port Authority Rules and Regulations.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in MS Office.
  • Experience with technology upgrades.

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 $23 billion in annual wages and $80 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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