Location: Various

Job ID: 92567

Application Deadline: March 12, 2018

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 82 million customers annually, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is the busiest commuter railroad in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe commute, great service to its customers and rewarding opportunities to its employees.


Linemen install, inspect, test, repair and maintain all aspects of the high tension, building power and feeder distribution systems and Power support structures.

The essential functions include, but are not limited to:

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 Lockout/Tagout protection.

Perform electrical work including switching, testing and repairs on live line electrical systems up to 27,000 volt range.

Manually assemble and disassemble electrical power components for installation of new and replacement of faulty components on structures.

Install, repair, and maintain various types of aerial cables with the use of chain hoists to continue the consistent flow of electricity.

Fabricate and install electrical conduit onto metal and wood structures.

Manually pull wires through conduit to complete an electrical circuit between two components.

Install and maintain aerial devices, such as lighting arrestors, manual and remote switches, transformers and pole mounted fuses on to the cross arms of a structure.

Install all feeder and/or signal cables, antennas, switches, fuses and other apparatuses onto structures.

Test, install, and remove aerial ground cables using a shotgun stick, in order to protect personnel and equipment while maintaining structures and cables.

Remove trees and overhangs to prevent interference with electrical systems, using chain, stick and hand saws.

Hoist heavy equipment and materials with rigging rope to provide protection to personnel and equipment while team members work on a structure.

Climb metal structures, ladders, Catenary Maintenance Vehicle (CMV) platform and/or utilize a bucket track to access elevated work locations while tethered. Climb wood poles and metal/steel structures to repair, install, and maintain overhead electrical systems, using climbing gaffs and fall protection.

Install, inspect, repair, and maintain portions of the catenary system, including wire, hangers, clips and insulators.

Perform electrical connections using various methods.

Operate heavy equipment such as cranes, flatbed trucks and utility vehicles.

Operate and pilot on track high rail equipment.

Perform other duties as assigned.


High School Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

Minimum of one (1) year of climbing experience (i.e., wood, steel).

Minimum of two (2) years of experience performing electrical work.

Experience using electrical and mechanical tools/meters.

Valid Driver’s License.

Valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License OR must obtain within 150 days of date of hire or transfer.


Minimum of four (4) years of experience in the electrical industry.

Formal education or training in the electrical field.

Knowledge of related OSHA regulations.

Experience working with up to 27,000 volts.

Experience with electrical clearance and Lockout/Tagout procedures.

Prior utility lineman experience working on aerial energized circuits while climbing.


Ability to work at heights up to 100 feet on the Harlem & Hudson lines and at heights up to 200 feet on the New Haven line; ability to climb steel and wood structures; mechanical reasoning; electrical knowledge; knowledge of electrical symbols; reading comprehension; knowledge of mechanical and electrical tools and their appropriate usage; skilled in bending conduit; knowledge of tools and meters and their appropriate usage; skilled in using electrical and mechanical tools (e.g., wrenches, power drills, ratchets, testers, etc.); ability to work with others; interpersonal skills; basic troubleshooting skills; memorization ability; ability to follow instructions; ability and willingness to learn; written and verbal communication skills; must be safety conscious; ability to work safely with electrical hazards; ability to perform physically demanding.


The starting rate for this position is $22.76 (65% of the full rate). The annual 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 $35.02.


This rate has been established by the collective bargaining unit and is non-negotiable.

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

  1. a) Has completed a four-year, bona fide electrical apprenticeship program OR
  2. b) Has had four years of full-time practical experience as an electrician, and can provide proof thereof (by means of a card or certificate) OR
  3. c) Has graduated from a four-year college or university with a degree in electrical engineering, and has completed two years of bona fide full-time electrical apprenticeship program or has had two years of practical experience as an electrician.

For those approved for a journeyman rate, the wage progression scale is as follows: 80%>85%>100% of the full rate of pay.


Applicants will establish seniority in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW), the union representing Lineman, in accordance with the union’s current collective bargaining agreement.

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


Must have the ability to work various hours, days, shifts and locations.



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.


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 $95,534.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.

Effective September 2017, all full-time non-agreement personnel other than those directly involved with the movement of trains or delivery of service, or assigned to other emergency response teams, are required to serve in the Station Terminal Auxiliary Response (STAR) program requiring Terminal coverage for Grand Central Terminal (GCT) from 4:30 PM-7:30 PM one week per year or responding to Station STAR duty during a service disruption, system-wide at various hours including nights and weekends.   This program is designed to improve Metro-North’s ability to provide customer service during emergencies that impact service delivery or other service disruptions that require staff to provide directions and information to MNR customers at GCT or outlying stations. Please note, hours worked during your participation week are subject to change.

Must be able to use/wear all safety related equipment in the performance of their duties.

Must become and maintain roadway worker qualification and physical characteristics qualification.


Basic Line School, classroom training, on-the-job training.

Physical activities include, but are not limited to the following:

Color vision required to recognize and distinguish colors of signals while operating a vehicle on the tracks.

Must be able to regularly push, pull, and lift materials up to 50 pounds.

Carry tools and supplies to and from job locations.

Must be able to climb 40 foot structures, occasionally up to 100 feet (Harlem & Hudson) and 200 feet (New Haven), and ladders and wood poles to access certain work locations.

Must be able to walk significant distances along the tracks and uneven surfaces.

Working conditions include, but are not limited to the following:

Works in close proximity to 13,200 VAC overhead lines.

Works in all areas of Metro-North territory.

Works in the vicinity of moving trains.

Works from platform on wire train/CMV, bucket trucks and aerial lifts.

Works in all weather conditions, ranging from extreme hot to extreme cold.


We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.


To Apply, Please Visit:

http://web.mta.info/mta/employment/ Click on Metro-North Railroad, Select “Agree,” then Search by Job Title.

MTA Metro-North Railroad is an Equal Opportunity Employer