Rules Examiner – Roadway Worker Protection

Rules Examiner – Roadway Worker Protection

Compensation: Grade F Min: $74,992 / Mid: $93,740

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.

Position Objective

To improve compliance to Metro-North operating rules and relevant regulations by means of field audits, instruction, and testing of those employees who require qualification on roadway worker protection, operating rules and certification.


Instruct annual qualification classes for Conductor Flags in the instruction, interpretation, testing, examination and qualification of Operating Rules, with emphasis on Roadway Worker Protection and compliance to the Federal regulation. Conduct Operational Testing audits of Conductor-Flags and M of W Department employees for compliance to Federal regulations governing Roadway Worker Protection.

Provide other Operating and Engineering Department employees, Supervisors, Training Officers and employees of freight tenant railroads with the instruction, interpretation, examination and qualification of Operating Rules, Special Instructions, Electrical Instructions for Operating Employees, Equipment Operating Instructions, Emergency Instructions and applicable Federal Regulations.

Work with the tenant freight railroads for compliance and review of current Operating Rules and Special Instructions including Positive Train Control. Conduct Operational Testing of tenant railroad employees for compliance with MNR Operating Rules and Federal Regulation.

Coordinate with Metro-North and CDOT Project Management to ensure compliance to the Roadway Worker Protection regulation.

Perform various administrative duties including but not limited to:

Review and revise Rules Department training materials and examinations for rules instruction, including presentations for continuity with Metro-North Operating Rules and compliance with current Federal Regulations.

Coordinate the training schedules with line and staff officers for Operating Rules and Federal regulations and testing. Maintain records of employee qualifications and examinations.

Maintain and monitor procurement of training materials.

Provide all tenant carriers with the required updates in changes to the Operating Rules and Employee Special Instructions.

Compile and issue operating instructions via Bulletin Order, General Notice, Operations Notice or other documents as directed.

Assist in the implementation of polices and criteria for the minimum passing score and procedures for retesting employees who do not pass required examinations.

Required Qualifications

Current qualification on Metro-North Railroad (MNR) Operating Rules and Special Instructions, Roadway Worker Protection, Emergency Instructions, Electrical Instructions for Operating Employees, Equipment Operating Instructions, or equivalent qualification from another railroad. If from another railroad, the selected candidate must become qualified on the MNR Rules of the Operating Department and Roadway Worker Protection Rules within two (2) months of hire.

Familiarity with Code of Federal Regulations Part 49: 214, 217, 218, 236.

Ability to design programs and effectively deliver Operating Rules instruction in a classroom and field setting.

Ability to effectively evaluate and interpret documents and prepare concise reports.

Effective writing, verbal and presentation communication skills.

Effective planning, time management, analytical and organizational skills.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and/or comparable PC applications.

Ability to work various hours and various days including weekends and nights as required.

Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with foreign/tenant railroad’s operating rules (NORAC, GCOR, CSX, NS, etc.)

Freight railroad experience.

Ability to identify potential risks and hazards to train operation.

Required Education/Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field. Demonstrated equivalent experience, education and/or technical credentials to include four (4) additional years of related experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a Transportation/Operations environment.

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 $97,448.00 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.

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.

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MTA Metro-North Railroad is an Equal Opportunity Employer