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PATH Extra Engineer/Switching & Conductor

Job ID: 60016
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Journal Square Transp. Center


The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Corporation is looking for Extra Engineers /Switching (EES) and Conductors to join their team! Come be a part of a critical transit link that keeps the region moving!

The Locomotive Engineer Trainee, also known as the Extra Engineer/Switching (EES) reports to and receives instructions from the Trainmaster, Assistant Trainmaster, Operations Examiner and Train Dispatcher/Terminal Supervisor. The Locomotive Engineer Trainee/EES is responsible for the safety, regularity, and proper care of the assigned train. This job is a precursor to the training and final qualifications for Locomotive Engineer. As a Locomotive Engineer for the PATH Corporation, Engineers are responsible for operating their trains in compliance with the Federal Railroad Administration and PATH operating rules and posted schedules.

The Conductor reports to and receives instructions from the Trainmaster, Assistant Trainmaster, Operations Examiners, and Train Dispatcher/Terminal Supervisor.  The Conductor is responsible for the safety, regularity, and proper care of the assigned train; proper route marking; proper side and end destination signs and taillights; making timely public address announcements; opening and closing train car doors; furnishing proper information and directions to passengers.

NOTE: The foregoing is not exclusive and is not meant to describe all those duties which may be assigned pursuant to the agreement between PATH and the Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation Worker (SMART - Conductor Group). Locomotive Engineer Trainees/EES and Conductors are required to work at various locations in NJ and NY and works rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.


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

  • High School or Equivalency Diploma is required.
  • Two (2) years of full-time paid experience as Certified Engineer/Conductor from previous Railroad or three (3) years of experience involved with movement or maintenance of Rail/Car Equipment.
  • Must be available to work various shift schedules including weekends, holidays and overnight shifts.
  • Vision requirements: (Far vision must have at least visual acuity of 20/40 in each eye with glasses, must have binocular vision with a field of 120 in each eye, contact lenses must be worn subject to medical approval, near vision must be equivalent to 20/40 with or without glasses, must have normal color vision).


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Work experience demonstrating skills in clear and effective verbal communication
  • Ability to read and comprehend written safety rules, procedure and safety manuals, government regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, memos and other work-related information.
  • Ability to maintain alertness, awareness, and vigilance at all times.
  • Railroad experience or technical/vocational training preferred.
  • Ability to work safely and act quickly in responding to emergency and non-emergency situations.

Selection Process

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

Selected qualified candidates will be invited to take part in the assessment process which consists of written, oral and practical examinations.

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications for the Locomotive Engineer Trainee / EES may be considered for Conductor level.  

Candidates who qualify on the practical exam will be eligible to be offered a position as they become available. Selected candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check and medical examination. Participation in the selection process does not guarantee an offer or a position with The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH).


Compensation & Benefits

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

The starting salary for:

  • Locomotive Engineer Trainee / EES is $34.01 hourly (subject to collective bargaining agreement)
  • Conductor is $31.08 hourly (subject to collective bargaining agreement)

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.

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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