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Principal Engineer

Job ID: 4846
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Signals & Train Control
Date Posted: May 24, 2024


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. 



Principal Engineer (Signals)


Construction & Development


Delivery/Signals & Train Controls


Assistant Vice President Design Executive


2 Broadway


9:00 AM to 5:30 PM or as required (7.5HR/ DAY)




$142,694 to $187,285


Open Until Filled




The Principal Engineer within MTA C&D has a high level of authority for the decision-making, staffing, and budget for their functional area of responsibility, subject to approval regarding the most significant business and policy issues by the Senior Management. The candidate is considered an engineering expert and a current leader in their industry.


The incumbent has decision-making authority over their functional area.  Works within clearly defined policies, principles, and specific objectives in consultation with departmental management. Provides policy and procedural recommendations with final approval from the Senior Management.  They have an advanced understanding of their particular Engineering discipline to manage designs and guide team members.



Oversees the research, development, and design of engineering projects for MTA C&D.


Provides resource balancing for project needs and optimizing time amongst team members.


Prepares section budget requests and reviews project documents such as specifications, technical reports, design drawings and calculations, and 3d models.


Recommends acceptance/concurrence of consultant/contractor findings.


Approves general personnel duties involving subordinate employees, including interviewing, recommending hiring, conducting job performance evaluations of work unit supervisors, and documenting and pursuing disciplinary action.


Supervises and schedules training of employees to increase their level of technical expertise.

Oversees training provided to MTA C&D trainees assigned to the section.


Manages all phases of in-house engineering work, including setting work priorities and assigning and scheduling section personnel, including engineers and field staff.


Provides in-house estimates for work effort and consultant/contractor design project fees.


Reviews proposals and scopes of work submitted by consultants and contractors monitors work and recommends consultant payments to project leadership.


Education and Experience


Bachelor of Science degree in the appropriate Engineering disciplines (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Structural, Communications, Track, Signals, Environmental, Fire Protection).


Masters preferred.


Must have a minimum of seventeen (17) years of related experience.


Must have a minimum of ten (10) years in a management or supervisory role and/or project manager role in a large, multi-faceted organization.




Registered NYS Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) required.


Significant experience tackling large-scale engineering issues for major construction projects or projects with highly complex systems is preferred.


Substantial experience leading and managing designers, contractors, subcontractors, and/or vendors.


Proven ability to collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders and drive project/program outcomes.


Strong knowledge of the applicable industry and NYS building and design codes and standards.


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with stakeholders at all internal organizational levels.


Demonstrated ability to work in a high-profile, high-pressure environment effectively.


Must have focus and ability to deliver on results, organizational effectiveness, and continuous improvement.


Must be a proven leader as a change agent and creative/innovative thinker with the ability to align business goals with solutions to drive process improvements.


Must possess excellent team-building, listening, problem-solving, and prioritization skills.


Alternate Delivery experience preferred.


Proficiency in current design and engineering software and Microsoft Office are required.


An attitude and commitment to actively participating in our employee culture is necessary.


Able to multi-task and be flexible/adapt to rapidly changing project requirements/timelines.


Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.


Other Information

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”).

Selection Criteria

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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