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2024 Engineering & Architecture Associates Program - Construction Management

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Job ID: 61205
Department: Engineering
Location: New York, NY


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 Construction Management Division:

The Construction Management Division (CMD) manages construction projects that are under the purview of the Chief Engineer at all Port Authority facilities. CMD’s construction engineers are boots-on-the-ground, working in the field with contractors and facility representatives to schedule, manage, and inspect work installed under our diverse construction contracts assuring adherence to approved shop drawings, catalog cuts, and contract specifications. Responsibilities also include the witnessing and performance of code required special inspections, review of site safety, and coordination of work with facility staff to minimize impacts to the traveling public.


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

  • Daily monitoring of contractor activities
  • Performing code required special inspections (i.e. steel bolting, fire alarm testing, hydrostatic pressure tests, concrete placement, rebar inspections, and more)
  • Coordination of work with facility operations staff
  • Performing independent engineer’s estimates
  • Attending update meetings
  • Reviewing construction schedules and look-aheads
  • Reviewing jobsite safety

Examples of Rotations for a Construction Management Division Associate:

A typical CMD rotation includes two rotations at the Resident Engineer Offices at various Port Authority facilities managing large construction projects. Additionally, other rotations include: Clean Construction; Central Surveys; Main Administrative Office; Design (in the candidate’s Engineering discipline); Quality Assurance; and Materials.


  • Students receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural or a related discipline) or Construction Management 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.


  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or plans to take it
  • Candidates should also be prepared to pursue their Professional Engineers (PE) license
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Interest in public transportation

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

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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