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Principal Radio Access Network Specialist

NJ Transit

This is a Contract position in Maplewood, NJ posted June 3, 2023.


Move forward with us! At NJ TRANSIT, you’ll join us in transforming the third-largest transportation agency in North America. We are committed to delivering safe, reliable service that gets customers to their destinations on time–and we’re looking to hire talented folks with a love of learning to make it all possible.



  • Conduct proactive (preventive) and reactive maintenance on complex digital land-mobile radio, microwave, and network communications systems.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electronic communications systems.
  • Analyze system performance data to include both RF performance and traffic loading statistics to plan and implement improvements to infrastructure and operating parameters to address capacity, coverage, and interference
  • Analyze alarm data logs and statistics. Plan and implement corrective actions
  • Collect and analyze test instrument data and translate into actionable measures to repair, improve, optimize, or calibrate RF, microwave, or network communications systems
  • Respond to trouble tickets initiated from both end-users and vendors in a timely fashion and meet stringent SLA requirements
  • Participate in on-call schedule rotations
  • Coordinates facility visits/access, as necessary, with outside vendors/agencies.
  • Provide weekly status reports in detail to include active projects, pending maintenance and efforts to achieve 99.999% availability on all equipment
  • Mentor and provide on the job training to junior members of technical team
  • Schedule job assignments for junior staff members
  • Serve as a technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) to other staff members
  • Seek out new technology and processes to support existing and emerging corporate radio communications and wireless requirements
  • Participate in a lead capacity with the implementation of on-going communications systems projects.
  • Work under minimal supervision
  • Handle management roles and responsibilities during RSPS managers absence 

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Completion of a technical training or degree program in electronics with a concentration in wireless systems (field experience will be considered in lieu of degree or certificate)
  • 10+ years’ experience in operations and maintenance of large, multi-site, digital wireless communications systems including conventional and trunked land mobile radio systems, MPLS microwave networks.
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office 365 including Microsoft TEAMS 

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated practical understanding of trunking, microwave and antenna RF theory.
  • Advanced understanding of land-mobile radio systems engineering principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations. This includes but is not limited to Parts 22 and 90.
  • Demonstrated practical experience and responsibility for operating systems using one or more of the following digital LMR air interface technologies: P25, FDMA, TDMA, TETRA, iDEN, DMR, NXDN, and at least one of the following commercial air interface technologies: 4G/LTE, and/or other wireless technologies. Specific experience with Teltronic/PowerTrunk TETRA infrastructure is a plus. 
  • Demonstrated operational knowledge and experience with various network transport technologies including: MPLS, T1, OC3, EPL. Specific experience with Nokia microwave infrastructure is a plus.
  • Have proficient knowledge of fundamental networking and protocols to include L2TP, TCP-IP, UDP, Multicast, Unicast, SNMP, SMTP, NTP, OSI layer, etc.
  • Understanding of emergency/UPS power systems
  • Completion of a technical training or degree program in electronics with a concentration in wireless systems (field experience will be considered in lieu of degree or certificate)
  • Demonstrated practical experience with Computer-Aided Dispatch systems.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid driver’s license
  • FCC General Radio Telephone Operator and/or amateur license is preferred but not required

Working Environment

  •   Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Normal work hours along with special maintenance windows

Physical Demands

  •  Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work under objects such as desks
  • Some confined space areas

 Other Conditions

  •  Be able to drive all areas of NJ
  • Be able to perform On-Call after hour duties

 At NJ Transit you will enjoy a competitive salary and excellent benefit package:

  • Comprehensive Family Health Insurance – Prescription, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Leave
  • 401(a) and 401(k) Retirement Plans–up to 9% employer contribution
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Qualified Transportation Expense Plan (QTE)

At NJ TRANSIT we support and depend upon the diversity of our staff. NJ TRANSIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.