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Principal Engineer

Job ID: 5565
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Delivery Services Office
Date Posted: Jun 1, 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 (Communications) 


Construction & Development 


Delivery/Delivery Services Office 


Chief Engineer 


2 Broadway 


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




$142,694 to $187,255 


Open Until Filled 




The  Principal Communications Engineer will be a designated discipline authority for Communications Engineering C&D-wide. The incumbent may be involved in conducting reviews of projects being designed and constructed by MTA Construction and Development to identify potential issues related to the surrounding project area, thereby developing plans to mitigate any concerns and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, FCC regulations and MTA Polices. 


Oversee the development and updating of Master Communication Requirements and Design Criteria (PRDC) for documents for implementation on MTA Design-Build capital projects. 

Oversees development and updating Communication Master Specifications for incorporation into Design-Bid and Bid-Build projects. 

Supports the Business Units by managing various services such as wireless rollout strategies, Wifi expansion, FCC licensing review, and drone certification. 

Oversee the development and presentation of technical training seminars and evaluation sessions for CEUs and PDHs. 

Coordinates with the Business Units to identify and prioritize training requirements. 

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.  




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. 


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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