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Rail Car Repairman

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Job ID: 61674
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Harrison, NJ




Under the direct supervision of the Car Repair Foreman, the car repairman performs skilled car repair work on PATH's fleet of rail cars, which includes but is not limited to: maintenance, overhaul functions including, mechanical work, welding, burning, pipefitting, carpentry, crane operating (including forklift and other lifting equipment) HVAC repairs, painting and all other functions associated with car repair. This includes removing, installing, maintaining, assembly, disassembly, alteration, diagnosing, servicing, testing and troubleshooting in accordance with FRA, OSHA and PATH regulations. 


  • Sets up and operates those machines necessary to perform assigned work in the areas of Car Repair such as grinders, drills, shears saws, sanders, welding equipment, impact tools and other machines and tools as necessary to perform repair work on car or away from the car.
  • Performs work from blue prints and or sketches. Uses shop machines, forklifts, cranes, jacks, lifts, precision hand, electric and pneumatic tools. Specific components include but not limited to rail car trucks, wheel and axle assemblies, car suspension systems, car body, doors, windows, HVAC Systems, ATC equipment, pantographs, car floors and sills, braking and pneumatic systems.
  • Performs indoor/outdoor repair work and at times, in adverse weather conditions.
  • Works in live railroad track environments with both AC and DC (650v) current.
  • Works long hours standing at bench or operating shop equipment. Climbs on or under trains, reads small numbers or letters on test equipment, walks through yards and shop areas with unclear floor areas.
  • Car Repairman work a 40-hour week, which includes working, rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, during inclement weather and overtime as needed.





  • High school, vocational diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Four years’ experience as a journeyman mechanic or Completion Experience using shop equipment, hand and power tools both electrical and pneumatic.
  • Must be able to handle heavy equipment/tools, such as 3/8 to 1-inch impact guns, large wrenches, and torque wrenches, parts weighing 70 pounds, slings and hooks, portable and electrical lifts, etc.
  • Knowledge and experience in arc welding and oxy-acetylene torch cutting.
  • CFC Type II (selected applicants without a CFC Type II certificate must obtain within 45 days of employment)





The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications profile: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of standard practices, methods, equipment, terms and materials used in the operation, servicing, repair, overhaul and maintenance to mechanical equipment/machinery.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


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. 


Selection Process 


Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. 


Selected qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a in the assessment process which consists of written and practical examinations. 


Written Exam: Witten exam will measure a candidate's knowledge in areas such as:  

  • Pipes and fittings
  • Tools and their application
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe Work Practices (safety)
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Mechanical reasoning
  • Marking
  • Drilling
  • Tapping exercises


Candidates who qualify on the written exam will be eligible to be considered for the next step in the evaluation process, a practical exam.  


Practical Exam: The Car Repairman practical exam may consist of problems including but not limited to: 


  • Welding work
  • Pipe Fitting and brazing
  • Carpentry work
  • Sheet metal work.


Selected candidates will be eligible for further consideration and will be subject to a comprehensive background check. 


Compensation & Benefits 


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement. 


The Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year round.  Electricians in Car Equipment work a 40-hour week, which includes working rotating shifts, days, afternoons, nights, weekends, and holidays, and during inclement weather and emergencies.  Electricians in Car Equipment work at the Harrison Car Equipment facility in Harrison, NJ. 


Starting Salary: $47.67/ hourly. Car Repairman are eligible for step increases. (Subject to collective bargaining agreement).



The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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 PATH:

The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), an FRA-regulated commuter railroad, is the primary transit link between Manhattan and New Jersey communities and suburban commuter railroads. Carrying over 75 million passengers per year, PATH trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, one of the few 24-hour systems in the world. Since the early 20th Century, PATH and its predecessor, the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, have carried passengers between New Jersey and points in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, serving as a key link in the region's transportation network and as a catalyst for continued residential, commercial and employment growth.

PATH operates 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year. Employees are required to work weekends, holidays, atypical hours (evening and midnight shifts) and during inclement weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to mandatory overtime at the beginning or end of their scheduled tour, or on their days off. A union seniority system dictates work schedules for jobs represented by one of PATH’s unions, and time off may not be immediately available during the usual summer and holiday periods. Working conditions will be challenging, including but not limited to inclement weather, direct contact with the public, in tunnel and outside areas during active train service, and an industrial environment. Commitment to attendance is expected and required.

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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