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Chief Electrical Engineer

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Job ID: 60897
Department: Engineering
Location: New York, NY



Join one of the most diverse and innovative engineering design
team with multiple specialties within the transportation sector. The Port Authority’s airports, ports, ferries, tunnels, bridges, bus terminals and rail transportation systems are important transportation links in the region. The Port Authority electrical engineering group provides engineering design services and prepares preliminary and final documents for innovative planning, design, construction and operation of the most critical electrical and electronics assets within the Port Authority facilities.  The electrical engineering group is part of a multi-discipline group of engineers and other design professionals that form the Engineering Department of the Agency.


Reporting to the Chief of Design/Deputy Chief of Design, the Chief Electrical Engineer will be leading the electrification efforts for the Authority and will be directing, advising, guiding, and leading electrical design activities; managing resources and prioritizing work assignments to deliver design documents for capital and operating projects for the Port Authority


The electrical/electronics systems within the Port Authority facilities generally include:


  • Medium and Low Voltage Substations and associated distribution system equipment
  • Traction Power Systems
  • Aeronautical Lighting Systems
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Outdoor/Indoor Lighting Systems
  • CCTV, Security, Radio and Communication Systems
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for the Engineering Department and matters related to electrical and electronics design and systems and providing technical advisory services to senior executives.
  • Direct conceptual, preliminary and final design development and design services during construction for all electrical and electronics projects to ensure they are delivered within the established scope, budget and schedule
  • Lead the production of high quality, innovative, sustainable, resilient, reliable and cost-effective designs, in compliance with applicable design guidelines, codes and standards that meets Client Department’s needs and expectations.
  • Sign in-house developed Electrical engineering contract drawings
  • Provide high level technical audit on consultant-led projects
  • Prepare standardized Contract Specifications, Standard Details, Electrical Design Guidelines and Tenant Construction Review Manuals
  • Serve as the single point of contact for electrical utility companies in the region.
  • Serve as the Chairman of the High Tension Electrical Board for establishing the High Tension Administrative Rules and for certifying high tension electrical operators at Port Authority facilities.
  • Manage and lead recruiting, hiring, training, performance, administration, promotions and overall development and motivation of a staff of 50 or more permanent staff members.
  • Lead the electrification efforts for the Authority by researching and recommending new sustainable technology and initiatives to meet the net zero goals




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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York and New Jersey
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in progressively more responsible positions in the field of Electrical engineering design including high and low voltage power distribution systems, lighting systems, and communications and electronics systems design.
  • Proven ability to lead, manage, and prioritize multiple assignments with multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving, negotiations and conflict resolution skills to effectively reach sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Experience managing a large full-service staff of at least 20 professionals and sub-professionals engaged in all various phases of Electrical engineering design, for transportation/public utility/state/municipal facilities.
  • Demonstrated and working knowledge of Local, State and Federal codes and standards.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work efficiently, independently (with direct reports) and prioritize as required.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading project teams in the preparation of engineering designs including preparation of proposals, design coordination, schedule reporting, budget reporting and briefing senior staff.
  • Experience in preparing scope of work and design criteria for all projects involving consultants and auditing of consultant’s design and progress.
  • Valid driver’s license





Ideal candidates will present the following profile:


  • Master’s Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving, negotiations and conflict resolution skills to effectively reach sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Thorough understanding of electrical utility company specifications and requirements.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a 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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