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Chief Engineer (Fire Protection)

Job ID: 5524
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Delivery Services Office
Date Posted: Jan 23, 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.  


Chief Engineer (Fire Protection)  


Construction & Development  


Delivery/Delivery Services Office  


Vice President, Program Executive  


2 Broadway  


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




$154,724 to $203,076  


Open Until Filled  




MTA C&D's Chief Fire Protection Engineer has broad authority over the entire functional group's strategy, governance, and direction. Has full and complete decision-making authority over the functional group within general policies, principles, and ultimate goals of the organization. In addition, the person in this role has the latitude to consider organizational direction. Has full ability to define policies, practices, standards, and guidelines for the entire Engineering discipline functional group.  

The person in this role is a well-respected industry leader in Engineering who is responsible for all aspects of their specific engineering discipline for C&D for the entire capital program. The incumbent works within the Delivery Services Office in the C&D Delivery department and sets new engineering policies and procedures for all staff to follow. Responsible for discipline-specific engineering standards for the project's entire lifecycle (planning phase through handover to operating owner).   


Develops and maintains engineering standards within their specific discipline, encompassing all elements of MTA infrastructure.  


Directs and administers work activities as needed for MTA C&D projects. Reviews work of engineering staff—signs and seal design documents as required.  


Accountable for the leadership and management of the Engineering function, technical compliance, and continuous improvement.  


Coordinates engineering services with principal engineers across various programs/projects.  


Establishes continuing education for engineering teams' skill development.  


Creates innovative technical solutions to assist project management/delivery teams in making quick decisions.  


Works with internal & external stakeholders to improve engineering design and construction quality.   


Collaborates with industry consultants & contractors on process improvement.   


Supports projects and staff in complex technical matters that cannot be resolved at lower levels.   


Provides world-class engineering expertise in supporting MTA Agency Owners.   


Administers contract documents for “on-call” agreements for professional services.  


Final authority for required updates to Master Specifications to be used on MTA C&D projects.  


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 twenty (20) 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.   




A registered NYS Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) is 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.  


Self-directed, highly motivated self-starter with solid writing and verbal communication skills.  


Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with stakeholders at all internal organizational levels to drive project/program outcomes.  


Ability to uphold the use of standards and escalate issues in a timely fashion  

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.  


Strong desire to be a part of a world-class team focused on achieving excellent results.  


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


Alternative Delivery experience preferred.  


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


Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.  


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


Personable and a ‘can-do' attitude with resource management experience.  


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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