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Rules Examiner

Job ID: 4282
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Operating Rules Dept Admin
Date Posted: Dec 27, 2023









420 Lexington Avenue






Open Until Filled


This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.



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

To ensure compliance to MNR operating rules and relevant regulations by means of field audits, instruction, and testing of those employees who require qualification on roadway worker protection, operating rules and certification.


Instruct annual qualification classes for Locomotive Engineers and Conductor Flags in the instruction, interpretation, testing, examination, and qualification of Operating Rules, with emphasis on Roadway Worker Protection and compliance to the Federal regulation. Conduct Operational Testing audits of Conductor-Flags and M of W Department employees for compliance to Federal regulations governing Roadway Worker Protection.

  • Provide other Operating and Engineering Department employees, Supervisors, Training Officers and employees of freight tenant railroads with the instruction, interpretation, examination and qualification of Operating Rules, Special Instructions, Electrical Instructions for Operating Employees, Equipment Operating Instructions, Emergency Instructions and applicable Federal Regulations.
  • Work with the tenant freight railroads for compliance and review of current Operating Rules and Special Instructions including Positive Train Control. Conduct Operational Testing of tenant railroad employees for compliance with MNR Operating Rules and Federal Regulation.
  • Coordinate with Metro-North and CDOT Project Management to ensure compliance to the Roadway Worker Protection regulation.
  • Perform various administrative duties including but not limited to:
    1.  Review and revise Rules Department training materials and examinations     for rules instruction, including presentations for continuity with Metro-North   Operating Rules and compliance with current Federal Regulations.
    2.  Coordinate the training schedules with line and staff officers for Operating     Rules and Federal regulations and testing. Maintain records of employee   qualifications and examinations.
    3.  Maintain and monitor procurement of training materials.
    4.  Provide all tenant carriers with the required updates in changes to the   Operating Rules and Employee Special Instructions.
    5.  Compile and issue operating instructions via Bulletin Order, General Notice,   operations Notice, or other documents as directed.
    6.  Assist in the implementation of polices and criteria for the minimum passing   score and procedures for retesting employees who do not pass required   examinations.

Required Qualifications

  • Qualified on MNR Operating Rules and Special Instructions, Emergency Instructions, Electrical Instructions for Operating Employees, Equipment Operating Instructions. If from another railroad must be qualified on the railroad’s Rules of the Operating Department within two (2) months of hire.
  • Ability to qualify on Roadway Worker Protection within 2 months of hire.
  • Ability to design programs and effectively deliver Operating Rules instruction in a classroom and field setting.
  • Ability to effectively evaluate and interpret documents and prepare concise reports.  Effective writing, verbal and presentation communication skills.
  • Effective planning, time management, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/or comparable PC applications.
  • Ability to effectively create and present PowerPoint presentation in a classroom setting.
  • Must be available to work various hours and various days including weekends and nights.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Familiarity with Code of Federal Regulations Part 49: 214, 217, 218, 236

The following is/are preferred:

  • Familiarity with foreign/tenant railroad’s operating rules (NORAC, GCOR, CSX, NS, etc.)
  • Freight Railroad experience.
  • Ability to identify potential risks and hazards to train operation.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field. Demonstrated equivalent experience, education and/or technical credentials to include four (4) additional years of related experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a Transportation/Operations environment.


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.


How to Apply

MTA employees must apply via My MTA Portal. You can submit an online application by logging into My MTA Portal, clicking the My Job Search ribbon, and selecting the “Careers” link. Logging in through My MTA Portal will link your BSC ID number to your job application to identify you as an internal applicant.

Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.





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