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2024 Engineering & Architecture Associates Program - Operations

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Job ID: 61216
Department: Engineering
Location: Jersey City, NJ


About the Engineering & Architecture Associates Program:

The Engineering & Architecture Associates Program is a two-year rotational program at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey open to Engineering and Architecture students who are receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree between September 2023 and May 2024. During their first year, Associates rotate through different Engineering/Architecture disciplines in both construction and design. Associates also rotate through different Port Authority facilities, like: George Washington Bridge; Holland Tunnel; JFK Airport; LaGuardia Airport; Lincoln Tunnel; Newark Airport; PATH; World Trade Center; and more. In their second year, Associates focus on the discipline they applied for. In addition to gaining hands-on experience and becoming part of the team in each rotation, the Engineering & Architecture Associates Program also provides mentorship, professional development, training, networking, and facility tours.

Even though this is a rotational program, Associates are full-time, permanent employees with a yearly salary and benefits. After successful completion of the program, Associates are promoted to Associate Engineer/Architect. As of 2023, there are close to 200 program alumni still working at the agency. Most Associates grow their careers within the Engineering Department (we have Associates who have rose to Chief positions) while others transition to engineering roles in other departments like: Aviation; Operations Services; Major Capital Projects; PATH; Planning & Regional Development; Port; Sustainability; Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals; World Trade Center; and more.

The 2024 cohort is expected to start in the beginning of June.

About the Operations Division:

The Operations Division optimizes the efficiency and effectiveness of the Engineering Department; promotes inter- and cross-departmental collaboration; and enables and anticipates the rapid adaptation of our services based on a changing/changed environment. The Operations Division comprises of the following units: Engineering Financial Services; Engineering Solutions; Digital Transformation; Project Controls; Estimating & Value Engineering; and Professional Services.


While there’s no typical day for an Associate because rotations vary, some examples of responsibilities related to the Operations Division include:

  • Preparation and management of the Engineering Department's budget and financial performance, as well as managing the consultant invoicing and payment in addition to other financial services
  • Development and implementation of the Engineering Depaertment's technology, information, and access management services including the consultation, development, testing, and implementation of 21stcentury applications and the technical support of industry leading content platforms
  • Development and management of the Engineering Department's virtual design and construction capabilities and improvement of existing workflows through digitization, leveraging from the latest industry trends, and technologies.
  • Data analysis and the management and refinement of departmental and project performance dashboards and metric reporting, workflow automation, and continuous process improvement, standardization, and documentation.
  • Implementation and optimization of industry best practices and engineering standards, including the evaluation and execution of alternative project delivery methods, application of the latest scheduling, cost estimating and value engineering methodologies.

Examples of Rotations for an Operations Associate:

A rotation in the Operations Division is specifically tailored to particular interests and background of the selected candidate. Previous rotations have focused on the Digital Transformation Unit along with time spent in the Project Controls Unit with the potential to interact with a multitude of stakeholders across the Engineering Department and Port Authority.


  • Students receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Data Science, Computer Science, or a related discipline between September 2023 and May 2024
  • Passion for public service
  • Openness to rotating through different Engineering/Architecture disciplines and Port Authority facilities (your home address will be taken into consideration when rotations are chosen)
  • A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 6 months of being hired.


  • Interest in public transportation
  • Experience in data analytics
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 
  • Experience with programming languages such as SQL, Python, Tableau, Power BI and other visual tools
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

How To Apply:

  • Click “Apply Now”
  • Follow the prompts
  • Please submit the following with your application
    1. Resume that clearly indicate when you’re expected to receive your degree in MM/YYYY format
    2. Cover letter detailing why you’re interested in participating in the Engineering & Architecture Associates Program

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is Thursday, November 30, 2023. 

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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