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2024 Engineering & Architecture Associates Program - Materials

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Job ID: 61206
Department: Engineering
Location: Jersey City, NJ

Description

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 Materials Engineering Unit:

The Materials Engineering Unit (MEU) performs quality acceptance testing and inspection of construction materials during the construction phase of projects including asphalt, concrete, cement, masonry, structural steel welding and bolting, soils, fire protection, and coatings. In addition, MEU has four laboratories that perform testing of asphalt, concrete, soils, and chemical/environmental samples. MEU Task Leaders prepare staffing budgets, review contract documents in the design phase, provide recommendations for material selections and specifications during the design phase, and review contractor submittal for approval during the construction phase of projects. MEU Task Leaders are responsible for groups of Port Authority facilities and have, at a minimum, a general knowledge of all construction materials we inspect and test. Infrastructure condition surveys and testing of new material technologies are also part of this unit’s scope of responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

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

  • Field inspection and testing of materials, such as concrete, asphalt, soils, structural steel welding and bolting, fireproofing, firestopping, coatings, masonry and grout
  • Laboratory testing of materials such as concrete, asphalt, soils and environmental samples
  • Preparing inspection and testing reports
  • Condition surveys of existing infrastructure

Examples of Rotations for a Materials Associate:

Recent rotations have included: Materials; Construction Management; Quality Assurance; Operations, Finance; Civil Design; Structural Design; Geotechnical Design; Resiliency & Sustainability Design; and Project Delivery.

Qualifications:

  • Students receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Engineering (Materials, Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Chemical, or Environmental) 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 obtain one within 6 months of being hired

Desired:

  • Passed the Fundamental of Engineering (FE) Exam
  • 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

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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