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Meet Women Who Work in Transit


CLAUDETTE PAYNE
Transit Electrical Helper, Department of Subways, Signals

I wanted to work at NYC Transit because I enjoy fixing things. My responsibilities include assisting signal maintainers, flagging, and helping to rebuild motors for signal switches on the track.  I truly love everything about my job, because at the end of the day you wash your hands, put on regular clothes, and go home to your family with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

I would advise anyone, particularly, women who are not afraid of handling equipment or working with electricity, to attend a trade school to become eligible for a job at NYC Transit.

 

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ROSAMOND DUFF
Superintendent, Department of Subways,  Car Equipment

Immediately after my graduation from college in 1987, I took a job at NYC Transit as an Associate Engineering Technician Level II.  Subsequently, I was promoted to my present position of Superintendent.
I manage the production, repair, and supply of all wheel and axle units throughout the agency.  People would be amazed to know how vital truck and axle wheels are to the daily operations of transit vehicles.  What we accomplish to ensure that our customers are safe leaves one with a great feeling of pride and satisfaction.  Joining NYC Transit was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

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CHARLOTTE DUNN
Trackworker, Department of Subways, Track

I began my working career as a Nursing Assistant in a nursing home.  I went to school so that I could get a better job, and earn a better salary and benefits. When the opportunity came, I took and passed the open competitive Civil Service test for trackworker.

As a trackworker, I am responsible for all facets of track maintenance, including repairing and replacing them.  The job is very physical and requires lots of lifting.  However, the days are busy and time goes by fast.  One of the things that I love most about my job is the people I work with.
There are endless opportunities for women in NYC Transit, once you get your foot in the door.

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CELESTE KIRKLAND
Power Cable Maintainer, Department of Subways, Power

I began work at NYC Transit as a station agent.  Based on my previous experience working at Bell South in Georgia,  I applied for NYC Transit’s Apprenticeship Program.  After completing three years of rotational on-the-job training, I selected the Power Division.  I was the first woman to work there.  My responsibilities include repairing, replacing and “fault locating” cables in substations and tracks.  Every job is like a puzzle that needs solving.  NYC Transit is like a city within itself; it provides you with the opportunities to work in any particular area that may be of interest to you.


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JULIA ROMAN
Transit Electronic Mechanical Maintainer, Department of Subways, Elevator and Escalator Repair

I attended a training program developed and sponsored by Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW).  After my graduation, I joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local 3.  The union helped me get a job with an elevator company.  I had been there for five years when a friend who worked for NYC Transit suggested that I apply for a position. When I got the job, I was the first woman assigned to the Division of Elevators and Escalators.
I am responsible for the repair and maintenance of the elevators and escalators within all NYC Transit and its facilities. Each day my job offers something new.  I also love having most of my job assignments in the field, not in an office.  NYC Transit has much to offer employees who want to advance in their careers.


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CHIM YI CHIN
Art Director, Department of Corporate Communications, Marketing

I had been working as a Art Director/graphic designer for another company when a position opened up at NYC Transit, so I applied.  It was a great career move.  The job lets me do what I love, and it is great to see work I do appear in the transit system.  I have been with Transit ten years, and I encourage all women to apply for a job here.  I find my job fulfilling, and feel I work in a great place with wonderful people.

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MARGARET FERNANDEZ
Bus Operator, Department of Buses, Bronx Division

Before I worked for NYC Transit, I was a truck driver for three years.  I took the NYC Transit bus operator examination because I needed a job that provided more stability and the opportunity to continue my education.  As a bus operator, I enjoy being able to choose my job assignments. 

I have been working with NYC Transit for nine years, and I have never regretted my decision to be part of one of the largest transportation agencies in the country.

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JENNIE MANDELINO
Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, Department of Buses, Facilities

I seized the chance to do something I loved, after seeing an advertisement in 1987 for employment as a carpenter at NYC Transit’s Department of Subways.
My position includes the management of operational, maintenance, environmental engineering, and construction of all NYC Transit, MTA Bus and Long Island Bus facilities.  Each day is a new adventure, and I get to work with some great people.

Throughout my years at NYC Transit, I have taken advantage of opportunities for advancement as my education, skill and experience level increased.  I found that in NYC Transit, “the sky’s the limit.”

I am very happy to partake in any effort to increase the number of women in non-traditional employment at NYC Transit.  I would advise anyone, especially women, not to bypass the prospect of working here, and to obtain whatever training necessary to qualify for a job.

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