Assistant Engineering System Operator
Metropolitan Transportation Authority - Queens, NY

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Job Information

Title: Assistant Engineering System Operator
Department: Engineering
Repost Date: 11/16/2012
Close Date: 11/30/2012
Hay Point Evaluation: 432
2012 Salary Range: Minimum: $57,502 /Midpoint: $71,877
Position Classification: Safety Sensitive
Location: Jamaica
Reports To: System Operator
Union Affiliation: National Transportation Supervisor Association

Note: If you already applied to this position there is no need to re-apply as your application is already under review.


This is a training position established to qualify a candidate to assume the position of Engineering Systems Operator. This program will train the candidate to become familiar with all railroad and utility power distribution, MW (Maintenance of Way) Operations and physical characteristics. Responsible to assist in providing a safe and efficient transportation system for the Railroad including Power, Communications, Track and Structures Systems while maintaining on-time performance. Keep the Chief Engineer, Asst. Chief Engineers, and Principal Engineers abreast of emergencies/operational issues and status. Assist in ensuring continuous around the clock, seven days a week coverage to respond to all MW-related emergencies, derailments, washouts, flooding, fires, vandalism, accidents, injuries, track and structures incidents. Handle 35,000 power operations yearly.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Assist in managing and coordinating all Engineering Department decisions and operations concerning the distribution of the entire Power system for the Long Island Rail Road. Control the equipment associated with the Third Rail System and Signal and Speed Control System.
  • Assist in coordinating and implementing an effective Engineering Department response to all off-hour emergencies and problems (i.e., derailments, flooding, fires, vandalism, loss of power, etc.). Dispatch proper personnel to answer and expedite repairs involving Track, Structures and Power (Substations, High Tension and Electric Light & Power) disciplines. Coordinate trouble calls for Substation, Third Rail, High Tension, EL&P, Structures and Maintenance of Way areas. Assist in redirecting Signal and Communication calls to the proper Trouble Desk. Assist in dispatching Maintenance of Way and Electric Traction emergency and night crews, managing all Maintenance of Way emergency call outs on a timely basis, have proper knowledge and understanding of all Call-Out agreements.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining a comprehensive computer database for failure reports, daily production reports, and trouble calls. Assist in maintaining accurate records and logs of all Maintenance of Way and Power area activities and operations. Assist in providing necessary daily reports and documentation; these activities will be kept on memory on a P.C. utilizing the most current software application.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining recording and processing of only Maintenance of Way staff Sick, Personal Day and Bereavement requests made during off hours. Assist in coordinating and filing of all required forms, maintaining an accurate database of such requests and submitting proper documentation. Assist in the maintenance of accurate logs relative to non-power operations such as Accident Reports and safety statistics concerning the Power Discipline (Substations, High Tension & EL&P).
  • Assist in the coordination of programmed power outages with Movement Bureau, Amtrak, Con Ed, LIPA, and Engineering Disciplines (Signal, Track, ET, Structures) and Capital Department.
  • Assist in monitor weather station, 24 hours, round the clock using the WDN Weather Consultant and DTN Datalite Weather Station, Platform Video Cameras, COMPUWEATHER and Brookhaven Lab Data in order to supply Railroad Management with the information necessary to make Operation decisions as consistent with emergency conditions.
  • Ensure a safe working environment and adherence to guidelines of company safety policies and procedures. Lead by example.
  • Perform other assignments as requested by Senior Management.

  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent (GED) approved by a State's Department of Education or recognized accredited organization.
  • Must possess one year utility/power system operator experience or a minimum of two years traction power/approved railroad electrical experience.
  • A candidate not covered by the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) agreement, must possess a minimum of five years demonstrated electrical experience or previous experience as a Power Operator.
  • Must possess knowledge of Substation Equipment, (CRT BKRS [circuit breakers], Motor Generator, AC Switchgear, Relay Protection), Third-Rail Equipment (Rail, Board, Meg, Return, etc.), High Tension (Pole Lines, CRT [circuit] identification, Switches) and Electric Light & Power Facilities (Building, Elevators, Emergency Generators, Platform Lighting).
  • Must possess knowledge of Track and Structures (M of Switches, bridges, grade crossings) work maintenance procedures.
  • Must possess knowledge of track material.
  • Must possess knowledge of LIRR physical characteristics (ROW [right of way] and facility locations, road charts, etc.) and to keep abreast of system.
  • Must possess knowledge of proper Radio Communications procedures.
  • Must possess an accurate knowledge of Union Work Rules to ensure applicable agreements are followed.
  • Must possess concise oral communication skills to express accurate and safe directions to managers, peers and subordinates.
  • Must possess ability to recognize, classify problems, and take proper action to remove power while under pressure in a precise and orderly fashion.
  • Must possess the ability to control the entire power plant from the supervisory control system.
  • Must possess knowledge of software programs (Data Ease, Word, Windows, etc.).
  • Must possess electrical & mechanical knowledge of power distribution equipment which is essential for trouble shooting skills via the Supervisory Control.
  • Must possess knowledge of applicable call-out rules based on contractual agreements.
  • Must possess knowledge of Sick Leave and Benefits Administration policies and procedures.
  • Must possess ability to read and understand third rail drawings, Track charts, and signal and speed control diagrams.
Preferred/Desirable Skills/Qualifications:
  • An Associate's Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience working in the electrical utility field.
Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

We offer competitive salaries and an excellent, comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Full Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Care
  • Life Insurance
  • Comprehensive Sick Leave Benefits
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Vacation/Personal Leave Days
  • Transportation Pass Privileges
  • Tuition Assistance Reimbursement
  • Pension Plan
  • In-house training seminars
The Assistant System Operator has a starting salary up to $68,392.48. Upon successful completion of the Assistant System Operator Training Program and promotion to the Electrical System Operator position, the incumbent salary is increased to $76,437.92. After successful completion of one year in the Electrical System Operator position, the incumbent salary is increased to $80,462.72.

Other Information

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the position, the selection process may include, but is not limited to, a pre-screening assessment (i.e. physical, written and/ or practical evaluation) and interview. Candidates forfeit further consideration in the process if they fail to participate in any step of the process when scheduled. Make up dates/times will not be given. In addition, LIRR employee applicants must be in their current position for the 12 months immediately preceding the close date of this posting and must possess a satisfactory work history, including attendance and discipline record. Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process. A background investigation, medical examination and safety sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required.

How To Apply

Qualified applicants can submit an online application by clicking on the 'APPLY NOW' button from either the CAREERS page or from the JOB DESCRIPTION page.

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When applying for positions, please ensure that you attach a resume during the application process and that you receive a confirmation e-mail that your application was accepted. If you do not receive an email confirmation your application may not have been received and will not be able to be considered after the deadline date. If you encounter problems, please call the BSC Customer Management Center at (646) 376-0123 Monday through Friday (except MTA HQ holidays), 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Long Island Rail Road is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. As such, we encourage applicants from women and members of minority groups.

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