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Mechanical Equipment Repairman

Job ID: 35251
Department: Rail Transit
Location: PATH Consolidated Shop


Under the supervision or instruction of the Mechanical Equipment Supervisor/Foreman, Way & Structures Division, the incumbent routinely inspects maintenance-of-way self-propelled heavy-duty equipment for mechanical deficiencies and performs any recommended, scheduled or required maintenance, service or mechanical repairs.  The M.E.R. performs repairs on frequently used small and medium sized fuel, electrical and pneumatic power tools and equipment (i.e., tamping guns, rail drills, chain saws).  In addition, the incumbent must be able to perform all the duties assigned to the lower graded Mechanical Equipment Operator such as: operate self-propelled heavy-duty equipment in yards and/or on mainline track (i.e., claw shell bucket, fork lifts).  The M.E.R. submits oral and/or written reports concerning recommendations and work activities.


  • The foregoing is not exclusive and is not meant to describe all those duties, which may be assigned to a Mechanical Equipment Repairman pursuant to the agreement between PATH and the TWU.
  • In the position of a Mechanical Equipment Repairman, mandatory overtime may occur.
  • Employees who are promoted or transfer to the Mechanical Equipment Repairman title will be covered by the provisions of the Transport Worker’s Union (TWU) Memorandum of Agreement and should familiarize themselves with health/welfare benefits and terms and conditions of employment governed thereby.


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

Education: High School or Equivalency Diploma is required.

Experience: Two years (2) experience in repair and servicing of heavy diesel powered trucks and construction equipment and maintenance-of-way equipment.

EVALUATION CONTENT:  Qualifications for this position will be based on:

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL: An acceptable rating by the candidate’s immediate supervisor including a critical review of the candidate’s performance, disciplinary and attendance record.  An unsatisfactory appraisal, attendance record and/or pending disciplinary action will disqualify a candidate from this promotional opportunity.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION: The written test is designed to measure knowledge in areas such as:  Electrical Systems, Pneumatics, Print Reading, Welding, Power transmission, Lubrication, Pumps, Piping, Rigging, Mechanical Maintenance & Equipment Installation, Operation and Use of Shop Machines, Tools, Materials, & Equipment, Internal Combustion Engines, and Hydraulics.

PRACTICAL EXAMINATION: The practical test requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge and skill in areas such as maintenance of gas, diesel and mechanical equipment.

INTERVIEW: The interview will consist of technical questions designed to measure such factors as job related knowledge, skills and abilities; interest and personal qualifications for this position; and familiarity with the Book of Rules related to this position.

NOTE:   Incumbent must obtain a passing grade in the Mechanical Equipment Operator training program and refresher courses and training program regarding Roadway Worker Safety Section on Work Equipment.  Training programs/refresher courses may be held at off-site-locations.  Incumbents are subject to random drug testing as per Federal requirements.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this title will be $34.18 to $37.34 per hour depending upon the present salary of the candidate and the applicable language in the Memorandum of Agreement between PATH and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU).

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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