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Job ID: 5691
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Building Electric - GCT
Date Posted: Jan 29, 2024





GCT Wireman  


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 Open till 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.  


GCT Wiremen install, inspect, test, maintain and repair all phases of electrical work in Grand Central Terminal, yard areas, and other assigned locations.  


  • Assemble, install, test, maintain, modify and repair wiring, lighting, motors and associated electric controls, security and fire alarm systems, fixtures, appliances, devices, electrical signs, conduit installation, etc. and electrical wiring for light, heat, and power.
  • Install, maintain, and repair all lighting and associated components on GCT structures, in crawl spaces and attics, and in yard locations.
  • Ground metal objects (e.g., metal seats, hand rails, digital signs, ATM machines, and ticket machines, etc.) onto train platforms through exothermic welding to ensure safety.
  • Inspect, install, repair, and maintain lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), unit breakers, and electrical panels.
  • Bend conduit, pipes or tubing ranging from ½” to 5” in diameter and install in various locations (e.g., inside partitions, walls or other concealed or exposed areas).
  • Use manual and mechanical wire pullers to pull insulated wires/cables through conduit to complete the circuit between two boxes.
  • Read and interpret schematic wiring diagrams and new construction drawings.
  • Perform electrical work including switching, testing and repairs on live line electrical systems up to 480 volt range.
  • Attend mandatory trainings (e.g., Roadway Worker Safety, etc.) to obtain/maintain all required qualifications to safely perform job duties.
  • Perform roadway worker duties (e.g., perform Look-Out, Watchman, etc.) to ensure the safety of the work group.
  • Recognize the hazards of electricity and the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform electrical work safely.
  • Assess situations to identify possible hazards and take appropriate safety precautions (e.g., PPE usage, etc.).
  • Obtain electrical clearances and provide electrical Lock out Tag out protection.
  • Inspect electrical systems, apparatus, components, circuitry and fixtures using test equipment (e.g., ohmmeters, voltmeters, ampmeters, megger testers, and test lamps) to identify defects for repair, hazards and to ensure system compatibility and proper functionality.
  • Install ground leads and connect power cables to equipment (e.g., motors and pumps).
  • Use hand and power operated electrical trade tools (e.g., wire cutters, wire strippers, drills, saws, pipe cutter and threader, etc.) to perform electrical work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Minimum of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience performing residential, commercial or industrial electrical work.  Graduation from a recognized vocational school or trade apprenticeship may be considered in lieu of experience.
  • Must complete Metro-North respirator training and certification within 30 days of job award.
  • Must provide personal hand tools necessary for job.
  • Must maintain Industrial Truck certification for Class E industrial trucks (provided by company).
  • Must use/wear all safety related equipment in the performance of their duties.
  • Internal candidates are required to become qualified for the position within 15 days of bidding the position.


  • Licensed NYS electrician or equivalent.
  • Experience performing residential, commercial, or industrial electrical work.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Must be familiar with the New York City Electrical Code and the National Electrical Code (NEC); knowledge of electrical principles and concepts; knowledge of transformers, fuses, circuit breakers, circuitry, motor starters; ability to read schematic wiring diagrams; skilled in bending conduit; skilled in using electrical trade tools; ability to perform basic mathematical calculations; basic reading comprehension ability; interpersonal skills; mechanical aptitude; ability to exercise independent judgment; ability to anticipate and analyze problems and take corrective actions; written and verbal communication skills; ability to work well in a group; ability to multi-task; must be able to function effectively under changing priorities; knowledge of applicable safety rules and must be safety conscious.

Rate of Pay  

The starting rate of 65% for this position is equivalent to $23.76. The wage progression scale is as follows: Year 1=65%>Year 2=70%>Year 3=75%>Year 4=80%>Year 5=92%>Year 6=100%. The full rate of pay is $36.55/hour.  

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

An exception may be granted for a journeyman rate to anyone who has one of the following:  

  • 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

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 Wiremen, in accordance with the current collective bargaining agreement.  

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


This position is located in Grand Central Terminal. Days, shifts, and hours worked may vary.   

Other Information  

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

As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $108,638.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.   

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:  

  • Must be able to lift and carry tools, materials and equipment (conduit, piping, motors, etc.) weighing up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis.
  • Must be able to kneel, bend, crouch, crawl and reach to access difficult-to-access work locations.
  • Ability to walk on uneven surfaces while navigating tracks and yard.
  • Pushing and pulling ability required to bend conduit.
  • Ability to climb onto ladders, scaffolding, lifts to inspect, install and repair overhead lighting and heaters.
  • Color vision required to “read” multiconductor colored cable using A.I.W. Corp.
  • 18 AWG 30/C 1000V cable sample as test standard.

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

  • Must be able to work various days, shifts and locations.
  • Works within limits of Grand Central Terminal exposed to various temperature and weather conditions from extreme cold to extreme heat.
  • Works at heights up to 100 feet high on scaffolds, ladders and lifts.
  • Works with voltages ranging from 12 VDC to 48 VDC and up to 480 VAC.
  • Works in close proximity to moving railroad equipment and/or track machinery.

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  

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