Substation Electrician

Port Authority Trans-Hudson
Jersey City, NJ
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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

Under the direct supervision of the Supervisor Power Distribution, Assistant Supervisor Power, Maintenance Foreman II, Power, Power Director, or Substation Operator Mechanic II, the incumbent performs equipment operations and electrical maintenance within the PATH Substations and Switching Stations. Typical tasks include the operation, maintenance and repair of 27kv and 15kv high-tension switches and circuit breakers, 480vac switchgear and circuit breakers, 650vdc distribution circuit breakers, signal high-tension breakers, and other associated power apparatus. The Substation Operator Mechanic/Substation Electrician typical duties may include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Assist in the assembly, installation, testing, maintenance, troubleshooting, alteration, dismantling, and/or repair of a variety of electrical and power apparatus throughout PATH, including low and medium voltage circuit breakers, 125vdc control power systems, switches, cables, circuits, gauges, motors, conduit, and wiring. Prepare written reports and document test results, as directed
  • Cut, bend, thread, and install conduit, raceways, and related hardware. Drill holes, install hangars, and perform other field construction work using hand and power tools. Clean, service, and/or paint junction boxes, power apparatus, and electrical housings
  • Assist in the installation, splicing and testing of power and control cables; moving and handling heavy cable reels
  • Assist in response to emergencies, unusual occurrences, or weather affecting power and electrical facilities, including power outages, electrical malfunctions, and snow/ice removal
  • Pick-up and transport personnel, materials, equipment, and tools between various locations and work sites in the Port District using a PATH vehicle
  • Work at elevated heights from ladders and bucket trucks; work in severe weather conditions; work in tunnels adjacent to active electrified tracks; work in cramped, slippery, dusty locations; work on all shifts and with a non-traditional workweek

NOTE: The above description is not exclusive and is not meant to describe all those duties, which may be assigned to a Substation Operator Mechanic I pursuant to the agreement between PATH and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW - Crafts)

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

  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Three years(3) full-time continuous paid work experience at the journey level performing duties in the installation, care, testing, maintenance, and/or repair of electrical equipment, or comparable electrical maintenance or electrical construction
  • Valid Driver's License

Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Must be able to troubleshoot, diagnose repair and install motors, lighting systems, controllers, cables, conduit, etc
  • Experience as a Journeyman Level Electrician or Licensed Electrical Contractor with Medium Voltage electrical experience with substation electrical experience
  • Skilled in maintaining and repairing Medium Voltage electrical systems and switchgear
  • Skilled in maintaining and repairing 480vac electrical systems and switchgear
  • Skilled in maintaining and repairing 650vdc electrical systems and switchgear would be a plus
  • Knowledge of state and local electrical codes

Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a written exam designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in areas such as: Electrical Theory, Electrical Safety, Power Distribution, Electrical Equipment and Tools, Electrical Troubleshooting/Maintenance, Motors, Controls, Print Reading, and Test Instruments

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

The Electrician practical exam will measure the candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to work with tools, equipment, and materials used in Electrical system maintenance and repair demonstrating professional trade practices for this job level. The practical test includes hands-on problems such as:

  • Working at Heights: Tests ability to work from a bucket truck at various heights
  • Motor & Motor Controls: Tests ability to complete wiring and installation of a 3-phase motor and a start/stop station so that the motor operates from two locations. You will be required to draw a line diagram and wire the motor from this diagram
  • Alarm Panel Wiring: Tests ability to wire an alarm panel and a number of perimeter devices according to specifications
  • Installation of a 3 way / 4 way Lighting Circuit: Tests ability to completely wire up a 3 way / 4 way lighting circuit including the mounting of service boxes, lamps and switches in accordance with NEC guidelines
  • EMT Bending: You will be given one 10 ft. length of ¾ EMT conduits and a drawing. Tests ability to bend and mount the conduit to a wall and into service boxes

The interview will consist of technical questions designed to measure such factors as: servicing breakers; safety rules and regulations; power distribution; as well as working independently and with others; interest in the position; personal qualifications for this position

Selected candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check and will be asked to provide copies of the required licenses for verification

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

Salary: $35.42 hourly (subject to collective bargaining agreement)

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

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