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Motor Mechanic Jobs Available With State; Starting Pay $38,646

Openings in Various Locations; Residency Not Required; $25 Processing Fee; No Written Test

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The state is accepting applications for Service and Repair Mechanics (Motor Equipment) on a continuous basis for positions in various departments and agencies throughout the state. The starting salary is $42,631, $39,208 for positions with the Thruway Authority and $38,646 with the Canal Corporation.

Appointees who work in the five boroughs or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester Counties receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam Counties receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment. The processing fee is $25.

Basic Duties

Service and Repair Mechanics (Motor Equipment) diagnose and correct the causes of faulty vehicle and equipment operation. They overhaul, adjust and repair gaseous fuel engines, clutches, transmissions and differentials; ignition, wiring, lighting, fuel, cooling, braking and complex hydraulic systems; steering, wheel and suspension mechanisms; and body, cab and frame components. They also conduct NYS inspections.

They may overhaul and rebuild starters, generators, compressors, pumps, spreaders, small engines, mowers and a variety of other equipment. They may diagnose and repair electronic engine control systems, anti-lock brake systems and air conditioning. Cutting and welding might also be required.

In small shops, the positions could involve the supervision of Maintenance Assistants, Maintenance Helpers and others. Appointees might also be required to make road calls, test-drive equipment and complete reports.

Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing an application, candidates must have either 1) four years of experience as an automotive or diesel mechanic, or 2) an associate's degree in automotive or diesel repair technology.

Education as detailed below may be substituted for a maximum of two years of experience.

Graduation from a technical or vocational program, such as B.O.C.E.S, in automotive or diesel technology or automotive or diesel repair technology may be substituted for one year of experience. Graduation from a one-year post-high-school certificate program in automotive or diesel-repair technology may be substituted for up to two years of experience.

Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for the examination will be sent a supplemental questionnaire.

Those meeting the minimum education and experience qualifications will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position.

The passing score is 70. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans’ and civil-service credits to final passing score.

Added Requirements

Agencies may require appointees to possess a basic tool set. They will also be required to obtain certification by the Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct NYS inspections. Some agencies require applicants to have this certification at the time of appointment. They must also obtain an appropriate commercial driver’s license or any additional driving endorsement determined by the agency.

A substance abuse test is required. A medical examination is required for some agencies.

Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at The exam number is 20-794.

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