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Radio Maintainer

Job ID: 5376
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Radio H&H
Date Posted: Apr 29, 2024






POSTING NO.:                      5376

JOB TITLE:                           Radio Maintainer

DEPT/DIV:              Radio H & H

LOCATION:        Various

Full/Part Time:              Full

Application Deadline:       Open until Filled


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.



Radio Maintainers install, maintain, adjust, troubleshoot and repair radio communication and public address systems, cellular interconnected devices and variable messaging signage throughout Metro North territory

To see what a Radio Maintainer does, click the following link: (58) What does an MNR Radio Maintainer do? - YouTube


  • Program software for equipment (e.g., base, mobile, radio and portable walkie-talkies, etc.) to ensure clear and uninterrupted radio communication
  • Work with internal Metro-North departments and external parties (e.g., MTAPD, customer service, fire brigade, IT etc.) to resolve trouble reports
  • Travel throughout Metro-North territory by motor vehicle and/or train to perform on site preventative maintenance and repair work
  • Receive, monitor, test and respond to radio communication queries and trouble reports that are received by the Communication Control Center
  • Identify, repair and report issues to appropriate department for resolution
  • Provide on-site support and maintenance of public address (PA), radio. Info systems and Positive Train Control (PTC) systems within Metro-North territory
  • Maintain emergency communication equipment and participate in emergency drills and incidents
  • Perform periodic inspections on rolling stock radios, central dispatch, base stations, etc., according to Metro-North regulations and safety guidelines and complete required paperwork
  • Repair circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections
  • Test equipment functions such as signal strength and quality, transmission capacity, interference, and signal delay, using equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, circuit analyzers, frequency meters, wattmeters, spectrum analyzers, etc
  • Install, adjust, and repair stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems
  • Examine malfunctioning radio, PA, PTC etc. equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment
  • Install and repair equipment (Radio dept assets) at height working from a ladder, scaffolding, bucket truck, man lifts etc.
  • Remove and replace defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools
  • Insert plugs into receptacles and bolt or screw leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools Install/ repair antennas, associated cabling and connectors for a variety of radio system technology.
  • Read and interpret prints, wiring diagrams and schematic
  • Update trouble tickets and Work Orders as required by Supervision
  • Participate in Roadway worker safety briefings. • Participate in, and conduct, job safety briefings
  • Attend mandatory training (e.g., Roadway Worker Safety, RF, etc.) to obtain/maintain all required qualifications to safely perform job duties.
  • Perform roadway worker duties to ensure safety while on or about the right of way
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • High school diploma, General Equivalency Diploma or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).  An Associate’s degree in Railroad Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, or related field may be considered in lieu of experience.
  • Valid NYS or CT motor vehicle driver license or equivalent
  • Pass electronics-specific written and practical exams in addition to structured interview
  • Pass Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
  • Must possess Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radio Operators License (GROL elements 1 and 3) OR If you do not have an FCC GROL, must have a minimum of two (2) years of full-time experience as an electronics repair technician performing troubleshooting and repairs at a module and device component level (preferably communications equipment), performing adjustments and maintenance on electronic devices (preferably communications equipment, or closely related work)
  • Must be able to attain Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radio Operators License (GROL elements 1 and 3) within 150 days of hire
  • Pass radio-specific written and practical exams within 150 days of hire


  • Minimum of two years of experience as a radio, broadcast, or repair technician in the field of radio, television or two-way radio communications performing adjustments, maintenance and/ or internal repairs on FCC radiotelephone transmitters or performing closely related work and
  • Experience maintaining large multi-channel analog two-way radio systems
  • Associates degree in electronics or related field 


  • Working knowledge of computer hardware and software; Familiarity with networking concepts (Switches, routers) VoIP, IP, WAN/LAN, familiarity with operating systems software and dispatch equipment: Windows and Mac; familiarity with software defined radios (e.g., Motorola, Icom, etc.); basic knowledge of IP and VoIP protocols; familiarity with using computers; skilled in reading mechanical and electrical schematic diagrams; working knowledge of, and ability to use, electrical test equipment (e.g., multimeters, voltmeter, ohmmeter, wattmeter, oscilloscope, Spectrum analyzer, etc.); ability to use hand tools (e.g., pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, soldering iron, etc.); strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills; willingness to learn and ability to get along well with others; knowledge of physical characteristics
  • Ability to quickly and accurately perform basic mental mathematical calculations; reading comprehension ability; interpersonal skills; customer service oriented; mechanical aptitude; skilled in exercising independent judgment; ability to work independently, ability to anticipate and analyze problems and take corrective actions; must be able to evaluate a situation to make decisions and work under pressure; written and verbal communication skills; ability to multi-task; must be able to function effectively under changing priorities; must be safety conscious, ability and willingness to follow direction


  • Must obtain and maintain roadway worker qualification
  • Some positions may require fall protection and lift operation
  • Able to work at heights up to 100 ft.

Rate of Pay

Applicants with an FCC GROL license or those who possess four (4) or more years of full-time electronics repair experience will earn $29.93 per hour.   The annual wage progression scale for this position is as follows: Year 1=$29.93 > Year 2=$31.81 > Year 3 = $37.42 as governed by the IBEW collective bargaining agreement.*

Applicants without an FCC GROL license or those who possess less than four (4) years of full-time electronics repair experience will earn $24.32 per hour.  Upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period, applicants will earn $29.93 per hour and will follow the progression scale listed above.

Metro-North offers a defined benefit pension plan, a railroad pension and comprehensive health benefits.

This salary is non-negotiable, based on the IBEW Collective Bargaining Agreement.

New Hire candidates who meet one (1) or more of the criterion as enumerated below will qualify for the expedited wage progression for Journeymen:

  • Four (4) years of full-time experience as an Electrical Worker; which includes the following job titles and industries:
  • Electrical, Electronics, or Communications Worker in the Armed Forces
  • Electrician, Electrical Worker which includes industrial, railroad, commercial, residential and low voltage electrical work
  • Utility or Power Plant Electrical Worker
  • Electronics, Communications or Computer Technician/Engineer
  • Electrical Apprentice or Electrical Helper
  • Automotive Electronic Technician, with ASE certification
  • HVAC experience consistent with the type of HVAC work performed by Metro North Electrical Workers, with Refrigerant Recovery Certification
  • Possession or completion of the following educational degrees, apprenticeships or trade program certifications. Where applicable, with required practical work experience accompanied thereto for a total of four (4) years: A four (4) year Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Technology or associated Electrical field from an accredited college or university
  • A two (2) year Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Technology or associated Electrical field from an accredited college, plus two (2) years of full-time experience performing electrical work
  • An accredited Trade (Vocational) School Certificate in Electrical Technology or associated electrical field, of which completion requires at least one (1) year of classroom training, plus three (3) years of full-time experience as an Electrical Worker. If additional time is spent in formal classroom training within the accredited Vocational School curriculum, then the combination of classroom and full-time experience as an Electrical Worker must equal at least four (4) years total
  • Completion of at least four (4) years of an Electrical Apprenticeship Program
  • Completion of at least two (2) years of a full-time Electrical Apprenticeship Program, plus two (2) years of full-time experience as an Electrical Worker
  • Possession of a valid and current FCC License

For those approved for a journeyman rate, the wage progression scale is as follows: Year 1=80%>Year 2=85%>Year 3=100% of the full rate of pay.

*Compensation is based on a monthly scale under the IBEW collective bargaining agreement, in which Radio Maintainers are paid for standby availability on the 6th day of each work week. As such, total compensation is equivalent to 6 days of straight time earnings per week, for an aggregate monthly salary of $7,783.36 at the 100% full rate of pay. 

MNR Health Insurance & Vacation


As a full-time employee, you are eligible for the following health and welfare benefits.


Our benefits program provides flexibility, protection, and value through:


  • Health care benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Welfare Benefits, including basic and optional life, dependent life, basic and optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, including a Health Care Account and Dependent Care Account
  • Retirement benefits, including a retirement plan, 401(k) and 457 savings plans



Applicants will establish seniority in the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW), the union representing Radio Maintainers, in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement.

Members of IBEW are subject to an initiation fee and monthly union dues.



Ability to work various hours, days, shifts and locations throughout Metro-North territory is required.


This is a federally regulated position subject to both pre-employment and continuous random toxicological screening.

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.

Details of physical activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to walk long distances on uneven surfaces while navigating tracks and yard to access various field locations and other facilities located on or about the right of way
  • Pushing and pulling ability required to handle coaxial cables, tool boxes, carts, etc.
  • Ability to climb ladders to inspect, install and repair equipment
  • Ability to regularly lift/carry tools, material and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. (e.g., tool bags, radios, signs, televisions, ladders, etc.) and occasionally weighing up to 75 lbs. (e.g., television display cases, etc.)
  • Crouching, reaching, bending when inspecting, maintaining and installing equipment
  • Color vision required to read and interpret wires, resistors, cables, and other components

Details of working conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Works primarily outdoors exposed to all weather conditions
  • Must be able to work various days, shifts (including weekends and nights) and locations
  • Must be available to be on call for assignments
  • Works around moving machinery (e.g., elevators, equipment, etc.)
  • Must be able to work at heights up to 80 ft. from the ground when performing inspections and repairs, and occasionally over water up to 100 ft. when installing and repairing equipment
  • Works primarily with others, but must also be able to work independently



Qualified applicants can submit an online application by clicking on the 'APPLY NOW' button from either the CAREERS HOME page or the JOB DESCRIPTION page.

For instructions on completing the online application, go to the MTA intranet site and click on the PeopleSoft Information hyperlink. From there select the User Guides hyperlink to gain access to the "Viewing/Applying for Jobs Online" guide under the Recruiting section of the page


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.


MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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