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Prinicipal Railroad Engineer

Job ID: 35208
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Journal Square Transp. Center


Reporting directly to the Manager of Technical Services of the PATH Capital Projects Management Division, the position holder will provide technical support and guidance to the Division's Staff relating to the upgrade, construction, inspection, testing, preventive maintenance, constructability, and design activities relating to PATH’s mission critical assets and infrastructure. This includes the review of design drawings, contract documents, contractor questions and submittals and all other technical documents related to the delivery of the PATH capital program.  Following responsibilities represent a partial list of typical functions:

  • The selected individual will assist in facilitating system capacity improvements; implementation of standards, regulations, standard operating procedures, instructions, and accepted RR industry practices
  • Monitor and track Contractor’s submittals and RFI’s for PATH’s portfolio of Capital Major Works
  • Responsible for coordination with neighboring rail transit systems, utilities, commercial and civic entities, execution of access agreements, ROW, work arrangements etc. with these same entities
  • Provide technical advice and project management support to upper management, as well as the development of PowerPoint presentations, white papers, and executive summaries.  Provide analysis (scheduling, feasibility, and best practices) and support for maintenance and other operations functions
  • Ability to work in both an office and field environment in an operating rail rapid transit system.
  • A candidate must be available to work on off hours and on weekends as required


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

  • Bachelor Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years in a senior role in design, construction, testing, and/or maintenance in addition to a degree.
  • Minimum of two (2) years in a supervisory role
  • Knowledge of applicable industry standards, recommended practices and codes



Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated ability to devise and implement innovative and creative solutions to problems and issues relative to the responsibilities of the Division
  • Ability to reach sound conclusions, problem solve, and make recommendations based on analytical thinking
  • Ability to complete complex technical assignments and prepare and analyze technical reports
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of current technology trends, rail transit operations and RR safety procedures
  • Knowledge/familiarity of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with all levels of management, including diverse employee groups, other Divisions and Departments, and external business contacts and agencies
  • Effective interpersonal and motivational skills
  • Proficiency in AutoCad
  • Experience in estimating and scheduling construction projects
  • Proficient in the use of Primavera Contract Manager or scheduling software
  • Proficient in the use of standard office computer application programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • P.E. license in New York or New Jersey
  • Masters Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering.

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.

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.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

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 regions 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.


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

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