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Assistant Director Signal

Job ID: 3245
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Deputy Chief Engr C&S
Date Posted: Jan 12, 2024





Assistant Director- Signals


Communications and Signal (C&S)


Grand Central Terminal




$89,892.00 - $117,983.25


Until Fill


Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.



MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal.  We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut.  A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service and rewarding opportunities to its employees.

Position Objective

The purpose of this position is to support the Asst Deputy Director – C&S Projects & Tech Support in all aspects of an economical and efficient installation and revision to wayside signal infrastructure on the Hudson, Harlem, New Haven, and West of Hudson line territories. Provide project management, project coordination, and material management for all wayside signal projects and programs


  • Provide Project Management for wayside capital projects including cab signal systems, interlockings, grade crossings, CTC, SCADA, and PTC. Responsibilities include management of consultants and contractors, coordination, and development of Bills of Material, and ordering material. Reviews plans and project documents and prepare material procurement requests through People Soft System for signal capital projects.  Follow-up and support the procurement process through People Soft System.
  • Manage and support signal projects through close coordination between the railroads Force Account personnel, contractors, and vendors. Metro-North Procurement and consultants.
  • Provide material and project planning functions to ensure that material procurements are synchronized to be on hand at the commencement of the force account work or consistent with project schedules. Interfaces with vendors/consultants/contractors regarding project issues, e.g. designs, schedules, submittal reviews, and component parts. Provide all required documentation for the procurement and deployment of material and components.
  • Manage and assist in the preparation of specifications for signal systems and components. Represents Signal Department on consultant and vendor selection committees and acts as a consultant during the manufacture of any required items.
  • Responsible for project planning, strategy, administration budget, and schedule coordination.  Responsible for coordinating material blanket contracts with Procurement Department.
  • Provide support services for ongoing and future capital programs.
  • Provide a lead in supporting the Metro-North Safety Program through the execution of required activities and policies associated with personnel working along or on the railroad right-of-way and other locations.


Required Qualifications

  • Strong oral and written communication skills for all levels of management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with internal departments and outside agencies.
  • Excellent written and verbal Communication Skills.
  • Strong knowledge of People Soft material requisition and procurement practice and procedures.
  • Strong experience working with an automated material procurement systems
  • Strong knowledge of Metro-North C&S 1,2 and 3 procedures and practices or related industry equivalent.
  • Project management skills including budgets and schedules.
  • Broad background in technology used in communication systems.
  • Knowledge of Federal Communication Commission requirements.
  • Knowledge of American Railway Engineering & Maintenance Association (AREMA) guidelines and practices.
  • Strong knowledge of CFR 233, 234, 235, and 236 requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of CTC, PTC, SCADA, fiber optic equipment, 100 Hertz Power systems, grade crossing systems, remote monitoring of grade crossings, power load calculations, and vital and non-vital wayside signal systems is required.
  • Knowledge of wayside construction techniques and practices for cable and systems.
  • Strong knowledge of signal system design standards and practices.
  • Knowledge of communications design standards and practices.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the integration of digital networks.
  • Strong knowledge of vital and non-vital wayside signal system hardware and software.
  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Programs.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the integration of digital networks.
  • Strong analytical skills in order to analyze new and existing products, equipment, and/or procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of Auto CAD, Microsoft Project or Primervia, or comparable programs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills for all levels of management.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or comparable applications.
  • Strong analytical skills in order to analyze new and existing products, equipment, and/or procedures.
  • Must be able to work in a high-profile/high-pressure environment.
  • Must be able to manage complex multi-discipline projects.
  • Strong knowledge of contract management, change orders, and negotiation.
  • Strong knowledge of safety policies and procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with internal departments and outside agencies.
  • Must be able to implement and participate in Metro-North Railroad’s Priority One Safety Program
  • 24-hours 7 days availability required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. 

Preferred Qualification.

  • Familiarity with Metro-North Policies and Procedures.
  • Familiarity with Metro-North collective bargaining agreements.
  • Experience supervising a unionized workforce.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or other related engineering curriculum. Demonstrated equivalent experience, education and/or technical credentials may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience which includes but not limited to elements of design, testing, and maintaining of signal and/or Positive Train Control (PTC) systems.
  • Minimum three (3) years managing a professional staff/diverse workforce and/or projects.


Other Information

This is a federally regulated position and is subject to toxicology testing.

Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).

Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.

Selection Criteria

Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.

Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at

Based on evaluation of education, skills, experience, and interview.


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