Hundreds Attend Bridges and Tunnels Job Fair
Hundreds of job seekers came to MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ recent Engineering and Construction job fair to talk with agency professionals about new jobs at the agency to help complete post-Sandy restoration work and new Capital Construction projects.
A line snaked out the door at 2 Broadway during a mid-March job fair as professionals handed in resumes and waited to discuss job opportunities and duties with 25 Bridges and Tunnels professionals representing 14 career fields, including civil engineering, architecture, quality assurance, construction safety, project management, traffic management, and design.
“Superstorm Sandy has created an immediate, new need for Bridges and Tunnel in addition to carrying out our current $2.1 billion Capital Construction program, which is the largest in agency history,” said Eric J. Perry, Director of Human Resources. “For the type of expansion we have to do, this is the most effective way to attract professionals.”
The exact number of jobs has not been determined yet but the agency is expected to begin individual interviews within a month. In addition to those who came to 2 Broadway for the Job Fair, another 500 sent resumes in online.
“The goal is to reach out to the most diverse and broad-based group that we could find,” said Chief Engineer Joe Keane, “and I think we achieved that. There are people here a year out of college and some with more than 30 years experience.”
Participants were shown a slide show detailing current projects and upcoming work at the agency, including $778 million in post-Sandy restoration work and a more than $200 million project to replace the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Bronx Toll Plaza.
The Small Business Mentoring Program, started by the MTA in 2010, was also discussed. Bridges and Tunnels awarded $2.7 million in contracts to small and minority-owned businesses in the first two years of the program and another $5.6 million worth is planned over the next two years, with the goal of reaching $19 million by 2019.
Chief EEO Officer Gloria E. Colon was pleased with the diverse group of applicants in attendance. “We reached out to engineering universities and numerous professional societies in order to get a solid cross-section of talent, and it is clear that it worked.” Chief Engineer Joe Keane also recently spoke to the Professional Women in Construction and urged them to send candidates to the fair.
The minimum requirement for one of the technical positions is a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Computer Science or Mathematics. Other positions require degrees in Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Resources Management, and Urban Planning.