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Substation Electrician

Job ID: 5692
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Various, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Supv Sub Stations
Date Posted: Jun 5, 2024







POSTING NO.:                      5692     

JOB TITLE:                            Substation Electrician     

DEPT/DIV:               M of W     

LOCATION:                          Connecticut/Westchester 

Full/Part Time:              Full     

DEADLINEOpen till filled     




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 railroad in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service and rewarding opportunities to its employees.     



Substation Electricians install, inspect, maintain and repair all Metro-North substation and anchor bridge equipment to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of electrical power for distribution and train use.     


  • Participate in Power Department safety program and demonstrate an understanding of Power Department procedures.
  • 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., remove track from service, perform Look-Out, 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.
  • Perform electrical work including switching, testing and repairs on live line electrical systems up to 27,000 volt range.
  • Install, maintain and repair traction power transformers and rectifiers, AC and DC high tension circuit breakers, generators, control equipment, electrical motors, voltage regulators, automatic generation control equipment, transformers and other electrical equipment.
  • Inspect, maintain and repair remote terminal unites (RTUs), security/fire alarm systems, control/protective relays, station batteries and chargers.
  • Install, test and repair substation equipment (e.g., wiring heaters, alarms, fans, transfer panels and battery chargers, etc.).
  • Install and maintain substation transformers.
  • Test, maintain and rebuild circuit breakers.
  • Test, repair and replace substation component equipment (e.g., capacitors, switches, diodes, heat sinks, control and protective relays, rectifiers and transducers, etc.)
  • Remove and replace AC feeder breakers.




  • High School Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
  • Minimum of four (4) years of verifiable experience as a commercial, industrial and/or residential electrician.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Experience using electrical and mechanical tools/meters.
  • Knowledge of electrical theory, principles and concepts.
  • Knowledge of electrical symbols and circuitry.
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical prints, wiring diagrams and schematics.
  • Skills in bending conduit and using hand and machine tools (e.g., wrenches, power drills, ratchets, etc.)
  • Knowledge of mechanical and electrical tools and their appropriate use.
  • Troubleshooting skills; Verbal and written communication skills; Mechanical aptitude; Memorization ability.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Ability to anticipate and analyze problems and take corrective actions.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to evaluate a situation to make decisions and work under pressure.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to function effectively under changing priorities.
  • Ability to work in teams.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work safely with electrical hazards.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work tasks.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.
  • Knowledge of operating and safety rules.
  • Must be able to use/wear all safety related equipment in the performance of their duties.
  • Must become and maintain roadway worker qualification.


  • Valid NYS, CT or equivalent Electrical License.
  • Formal education or training in the electrical field.
  • Knowledge of related OHSA regulations.
  • Experience working with up to 138,000 volts.
  • Experience with electrical clearance and Lock out Tag out procedures.
  • Some college credits.

Rate of Pay     

The starting rate of 65% for this position is equivalent to $23.91. 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 $36.79/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

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.     

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 Substation Electricians, 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 shifts, days, hours, and locations throughout Metro-North territory 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.     


  • Push, pull, carry and lift tools and materials along right-of-way weighting up to 50 lbs. regularly and occasionally up to 75 lbs.
  • Push and pull wheeled components weighing up to 1,500 lbs.
  • Ability to walk on uneven surfaces while navigating tracks and yard.
  • Ability to climb ladders to heights of up to 50 feet.
  • Crouching and stooping required to access certain substation locations.
  • Color vision required to operate Human Machine Interface (HMI) screen for local operation of substation, locate and troubleshoot colored wires in circuit breaker cubicles and Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), interpret substation indications.


  • Exposure to up to 138,000 VAC of live electricity.
  • Works outdoors exposed to all weather conditions.
  • Works at heights up to 50 ft. to inspect and repair breakers.
  • Works in close proximity to moving equipment and trains.
  • Occasionally works in confined spaces.



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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