MTA Assistant Signalman - Signal in Queens, New York

Job Information

Title: Assistant Signalman - Signal Department: Engineering Re-Post Date: 08/11/2017 Close Date: 08/24/2017 Hay Point Evaluation: N/A 100% Hourly Rate of Pay: $37.269 (See Wage Progression Chart) Position Classification: Safety Sensitive Location: Hillside Support Facility Reports To: Foreman Signal Union Affiliation: Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)

Note: If you already applied to posting #90583, there is no need to re-apply as your application is already under review.


The Assistant Signalman - Signal is a training position in the Signal Department of the Long Island Rail Road. The Signal Department is responsible for the equipment and circuitry associated with the operation of crossing gates, signals and switches. The Assistant Signalman - Signal is required to perform various physical labor duties including digging, painting, lifting, cutting and driving. The Assistant Signalman - Signal is also responsible for learning how to install, maintain and test the various types of equipment and systems of the Signal System. They are also responsible to assist qualified mechanics in the assembly of, installation and testing of same equipment.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the assembly, installation and testing of signal equipment and systems.
  • Demonstrate progressive knowledge of Signal System.
  • Excavate for installation cables, air lines and foundations.
  • Trim trees and cut brush.
  • Paint various types of signal equipment.
  • Drive company vehicles.
  • Provide protection for gangs in accordance with LIRR Rules and Roadway Worker Rules.
  • Work indoors and outdoors in all types of weather and conditions, including confined spaces and heights.


  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent (GED or TASC) approved by a State's Department of Education or recognized accredited organization.
  • Some electronics or electrical experience, on the job training experience and/or completion of a technical or trade school.
  • Knowledge of OHM's law and series/parallel circuits.
  • An aptitude for electronic/electrical work.
  • Ability to demonstrate the use of meters.
  • Ability to demonstrate circuit analysis.
  • Ability to demonstrate trouble-shooting skills.
  • Ability to use various hand tools.
  • Ability to perform heavy lifting tasks.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must qualify as a Mechanic within a four-year period. Employees who fail to qualify within the four-year period are subject to termination of employment.


  • Some college course work completed in electronic technology.
  • Military Electricity/Electronics; Electronics Repair/Maintenance.
  • Other Railroad/Transit Signal Departments.
  • Prior construction helper or heavy lifting experience.
  • Mechanical experience, i.e., auto mechanic, airplane mechanic.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills.

Candidates hired into the position must complete a computer-based training program. Employees who fail to successfully complete the training within 48 hours of computer time are subject to termination of employment.

Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

We offer competitive salaries and an excellent, comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Full Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Care
  • Life Insurance
  • Comprehensive Sick Leave Benefits
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Vacation/Personal Leave Days
  • Transportation Pass Privileges
  • Pension Plan
  • In-house training seminars

Wage Progression for new employees hired after 9/24/14:

70% - 1st 365 Calendar Days - $26.088 70% - 2nd 365 Calendar Days - $26.088 75% - 3rd 365 Calendar Days - $27.951 80% - 4th 365 Calendar Days - $29.815 95% - Assistant Signalman subject to wage progression who are permanently promoted to Mechanic

positions will be paid 95% of Mechanic's rate - $36.806

100% - After 1,460 Calendar Days, rate will be 100% of Mechanic's rate - $38.744.

Wage Progression for employees hired before 9/24/14:

70% - 1st 365 Calendar Days - $26.088 75% - 2nd 365 Calendar Days - $27.951 80% - 3rd 365 Calendar Days - $29.815 85% - 4th 365 Calendar Days - $31.678 95% - Assistant Signalman subject to wage progression who are permanently promoted to Mechanicpositions will be paid 95% of Mechanic's rate - $36.806

100% - After 1,460 Calendar Days, rate will be 100% of Mechanic's rate - $38.744.

Other Information

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the position, the selection process may include, but is not limited to a pre-screening assessment (i.e., physical, written and/ or practical evaluation) and interview. Candidates forfeit further consideration in the process if they fail to participate in any step of the process when scheduled. Make up dates/times will not be given. In addition, LIRR employee applicants must be in their current position for the 12 months immediately preceding the close date of this posting and must possess a satisfactory work history, including attendance and discipline record. A record of more than ten sick days without medical documentation in two of the last three years is considered unsatisfactory attendance. Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process. A background investigation, medical examination, and safety sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required.

How To Apply

Qualified applicants can submit an online application by clicking on the 'APPLY NOW' button from either the CAREERS page or from the JOB DESCRIPTION page.

If you have previously applied on line for other positions, enter your User Name and Password. If it is your first registration, click on the CLICK HERE TO REGISTER hyperlink and enter a User Name and Password; then click on the REGISTER button.

All LIRR employees must go to, sign in using your BSC ID and navigate to My Job Search and then Careers.

When applying for positions, please ensure that you attach a resume during the application process and that you receive a confirmation e-mail that your application was accepted. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application may not have been received and will not be able to be considered after the deadline date. If you encounter problems, please call the BSC Customer Management Center at (646) 376-0123 Monday through Friday (except MTA HQ holidays), 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Long Island Rail Road is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. As such, we encourage applicants from women and members of minority groups.

Job Title: Assistant Signalman - Signal

Location: Queens

Job ID: 90769

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Agency: Long Island Rail Road

Department: Engineer Signal Maintenance

Division: Principal Engineer Signals