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Assistant Director Hardware

Job ID: 6580
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Stamford, CT, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Deputy Chief Engr C&S
Date Posted: Mar 28, 2024





Assistant Director Hardware


M of W Operations/Comms and Signals


Springdale Connecticut




$94,906 - $124,564.13


Open until filled

Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this postingbefore 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.

Position Objective:

Directly responsible for planning, managing, and directing the resources (labor, material, and equipment) in association with the maintenance and testing of microprocessor controlled signal systems, network equipment, PTC, and electronic equipment on Metro-Norths entire territory. Ensure that all work is compliant with the requirements of CFR Part 234,235 and 236; Metro-North C&S 1, 2, and 3; and Metro-North Priority 1 Program and all relevant safety practices.


  • Control and coordinate the development of the maintenance, testing, and troubleshooting practices utilized within the Metro-North signal system microprocessor, signal networks, PTC, and electronic equipment.
  • Directly manage the FRA testing associated with electronic apparatus and systems. Ensure that the federal requirements are met with regards to records and procedures.
  • Direct and manage the daily functions of the wayside technical workgroup and ensure that all activities are being performed efficiently and within labor and material budget parameters.
  • Analyze and monitor the overall wayside signal system performances to ensure that all functions and performance being provided meet the required operational needs and safety parameters.
  • Research and develop testing and maintenance procedures related to the signal system components and maintain budgets and schedules for procurements.
  • Assist in the training function of the C&S Training school.
  • Provide a lead in supporting Metro-North Safety Program through the execution of required activities and policies associated with personnel working along or on the railroad right-of-way and other locations.

Required Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or comparable applications
  • Develop and manage service and equipment database inventory.
  • Strong analytical skills in order to analyze new and existing products, equipment, and/or procedures.
  • Must be able to recommend improvements or replacements to better support the wayside signal systems.
  • Must be able to work in a high-profile/high-pressure environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with internal departments and outside agencies.
  • Must be able to implement and participate in Metro-North Railroads Priority One Safety Program
  • Broad background in technology used in signal systems.
  • Strong knowledge of requirements of all applicable FRA testing of wayside signal systems.
  • Strong knowledge of federal Hours of Service regulations.
  • Strong knowledge of federal Drug and Alcohol testing.
  • Knowledge of electric Snow Melter operation and maintenance.
  • Strong knowledge of AC DC traction return system and maintenance.
  • Strong knowledge of vital and non-vital electronic processors utilized on railroad wayside systems.
  • 24-hours 7 days availability required.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering or related curriculum. Demonstrated equivalent experience, education, and/or technical credentials may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Five years experience in remote control systems, testing, and installation. Five years experience with maintenance and testing of Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) and overlay systems.
  • Five years of Management experience encompassing Engineering, Maintenance, Labor Management, Budget process and Manpower control.

The following is/are preferred:

  • Familiarity with Metro-North Policies and Procedures.
  • Familiarity with Metro-North collective bargaining agreements.
  • Familiarity with Metro-North PeopleSoft payroll and material systems.

Other Information

This position is safety sensitive and subject to toxicological testing.

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.

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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