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Field Equipment Engineer

Job ID: 6057
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Various, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Engineering
Date Posted: Apr 2, 2024



JOB TITLE: Field Equipment Engineer


LOCATION: Manhattan - Midtown

Full/Part Time: Full

Application Deadline: Until Filled


Established rate:$116,292.80


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.

Position Objective

Provide various engineering services to support the safe and reliable operation of the Metro-North Railroad rolling stock fleet.Engineering services include: Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Industrial, and Materials Engineering, advanced analytic services for Reliability Centered Maintenance, Reliability Availability and Maintainability, and Enterprise Asset Management, Quality functions, Technical Support, and Maintenance Planning.


  • Develop equipment modifications.
  • Review and process Equipment Change Requests (ECRs), design the equipment modifications, and write the instructions for implementation of such modifications.
  • Develop Equipment Maintenance Instructions (EMIs), Equipment Overhaul Instructions (EOIs), and Maintenance Service Bulletin MSB) to create a standard of good maintenance and safety practice and to convey emergency repair information.
  • Participate and provide engineering expertise in preparation of technical specifications and procurement of new fleet and overhaul of existing fleet and system.
  • Support Revenue Service Operations proactively utilizing Wayside Monitoring and Diagnostic System (WMDS), Chief Logs, and IMS/AMS data management systems to minimize operational risk and identify trends.
  • Retrieve and review downloads such as Real Time Data Monitoring (RTDM) and Event Recorder (ER) for train incidents and failure investigations.
  • Provide technical evaluations detailing cause and corrective actions.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to shop personnel for failure investigations, troubleshooting and repairs of all rolling stock.
  • Utilize engineering principles in component failure analysis and provide detailed findings and technical bases for cause and resolution.
  • Effectively contribute to the functions of all MofE departments, other Metro-North Railroad departments, other MTA agencies to support the rolling stock fleet reliability and operations efficiency.
  • The Field Equipment Engineer coordinates directly with the Senior Field Equipment Engineer, Deputy Directors, and Director Equipment Engineering, the Deputy Director Quality Assurance, Maintenance Production staff of the M of E Department, as the projects assigned encompass the entire passenger railcar/locomotive fleet for the Railroad.
  • The Field Equipment Engineer coordinates with MNR Capital Engineering and Consulting Engineers for information on the design and maintenance of new and rebuilt railcars and locomotives.
  • The Field Equipment Engineer works closely with the Maintenance Production Staff and Shop Operational workforce on recommendations for improvement of cars and/or systems and subsystems.
  • The Field Equipment Engineer coordinates with other passenger railroads to identify similar problems encountered and corrective actions taken.
  • The Field Equipment Engineer interacts with other Operating Departments (Transportation, Power, etc.) when problems related to both departments requiring joint review and solution.

Required Qualifications

  • Must demonstrate a technical knowledge of either electrical or mechanical equipment systems to include, but not limited to, controls, power and pneumatic, microprocessor-based, high voltage, low voltage, system interfaces, and mechanical systems.
  • Must be capable of interpreting existing electrical schematics and vendor supplied wiring, piping, diagrams necessary for troubleshooting rolling stock systems,subsystems and component-level.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills to diagnose fleet problems and provide acceptable recommendations to maintenance supervision or workforce.
  • Ability to understand regulatory rules and guidelines including FRA and APTA.
  • Good interpersonal, organizational and both oral and written communication skills will all levels of MNR personnel.
  • Working knowledge of test and diagnostic equipment.
  • Experience in configuring replacement components and system assemblies for fit, form and function applications.
  • Ability to determine appropriate functional requirements for equipment systems with regards to design and maintenance, based on reliability and risk analysis.
  • Familiarity with FRA regulations, APTA standards as well as other industry related engineering standards.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong technical writing skills for development of correspondence, reports,procedures and technical Instructions.
  • Knowledge of standard safety practices rules and regulations in a railroad environment.
  • Knowledge in the review and development of drawings,specifications and technical reports.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or comparable applications.
  • CAD/CAE and Auto CADexperience or demonstrated equivalent.
  • Position may be required to work various shifts and locations as assigned to support a 24-hour day/, 7 days a week operation.
  • Will be on call and respond to emergencies as required.
  • Must have valid driver's license.

Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or related technical field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in an engineering environment and/or equipment manufacturer working on passenger railcars and/or locomotives or related mass transportation equipment or completion of the Metro-North Railroad Associate Engineer Program.

Preferred Education/Experience

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineeringand/or Professional Engineering License.

Other Information

This is a safety sensitive position and subject to toxicology testing.

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.

Selection Criteria:

This is a safety sensitive position subject to random drug testing.

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 yourapplication.
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 their 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
How To Apply:
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.
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