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Asst Engrng Sys Oper Rep Ben

Job ID: 1147
Business Unit: Long Island Rail Road
Location: Jamaica, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Principal Eng Substations
Date Posted: Dec 28, 2023


Job Information


Title:                                        Assistant Engineering System Operator          

Department:                            Engineering        

Post Date:                               05/01/2023         

Close Date:                             Until Filled        

Hay Point Evaluation:             N/A

100% Hourly Rate of Pay:      $37.97* (See Wage Progression Chart)

Position Classification:           Safety Sensitive    

Location:                                 Queens       

Reports To:                             Engineering System Operator

Union Affiliation:                      Brotherhood of Railroad Signalman – BRS Local 241


Note: If you already applied to this position within the last 12 months 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 Engineer Systems Operator.  This program will train the candidate to become familiar with all railroad and utility power distribution, MW Operations, and physical characteristics.  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 immediately respond to all MW related emergencies, derailments, washouts, flooding, fires, vandalism, accidents, injuries, track and structures incident. 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 made 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 Data Base 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 all required forms, maintaining an accurate Data Base 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 Monitoring 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.



Minimum experience as agreed between the Long Island Rail Road Company and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Contract Agreement- Appendix F.  If promotion cannot be reached by agreement, a candidate not covered by the IBEW agreement, must possess one of the following criteria:

  • A minimum of five years demonstrated electrical/ LIRR Power department experience.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in the traction power or utility field.
  • Previous experience as a Power Operator.
  • An Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Technology or related field with two years electrical experience.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Technology or related field with related technical knowledge in the field.
  • Must possess the ability to learn and retain the 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 the ability to learn and retain the knowledge of Track and Structures (M of W Switches, bridges, grade crossings, etc..) work maintenance procedures and materials.
  • Must possess the ability to learn and retain the knowledge of LIRR physical characteristics (ROW (right of way) and facility locations, road charts, etc.) and to keep abreast of system.
  • Must possess the ability to learn and retain the knowledge of proper Radio Communications procedures.
  • Must possess the ability to learn and retain an accurate knowledge of Union Work Rules to ensure applicable agreements are followed.
  • Must possess concise oral communications 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 the ability to learn and retain the knowledge of applicable call-out rules based on contractual agreements.
  • Must possess the ability to learn and retain the 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:     

  • A Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering            


Wage Progression during ~7month training
80% - $30.37

90% - $34.17
100% - $37.97

Wage Progression after completion of training:
80% -$45.97
90% - $51.72
100% - $57.47

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. A record of more than ten sick days without medical documentation in two of the last three years is considered unsatisfactory attendance.  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


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Equal Employment Opportunity


The Long Island Railroad 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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