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Auto Mechanic Helper Positions With MTA Start at $22 Hourly

April 27 Deadline For Aug.Tests; Education and Experience, Multiple-Choice Exams

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The MTA is accepting applications for Maintainer’s Helper-Auto Mechanic Helpers through April 27 for tests beginning Aug. 23. The current minimum salary is $22.38 per hour for a 40-hour work week, increasing to $31.98 in the sixth year of service. The application fee is $68.

The Work

Maintainer's Helpers, under direct supervision, assist in the maintenance, installation, inspection, testing, alteration and repair of bus and other automotive electro-mechanical equipment. They clean and lubricate bus parts; move bus parts and equipment using forklifts, hi-los, hoists, hand-trucks and conveyors; remove and replace worn bearing races; measure tire pressure and change flat tires; check and maintain fluid levels of engine oil, batteries, radiator and windshield-washer reservoirs; fuel buses; drain waste oil; sandblast parts; drive buses and trucks; and perform related work.

The tasks involve working outdoors in all weather conditions; walking on slippery surfaces while washing parts; reading gauges in dimly lit areas; climbing and descending ladders; wearing goggles, gloves or a face mask while using sandblasting equipment; using both hands to work overhead for extended periods of time; responding to audible signals, such as alarms, bells, horns and whistles; responding to visual signals, including distinguishing colored lights; and lifting heavy equipment and moving it manually.


To qualify, candidates need either 1) Four years of satisfactory full-time experience as a helper or trainee assisting in the performance of inspection, installation, alteration, maintenance, testing or repair of bus, truck, automotive or aircraft electro-mechanical components, such as bodies, engines, transmissions, brakes, electrical or air-conditioning systems, or related components or systems; or 2) Graduation from a vocational high school with a major course of study in automotive maintenance, or a closely related field; or 3) Graduation from a recognized trade school or technical school with a major course of study in auto-mechanics, or a closely related field, totaling at least 600 hours; or 4) An associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university in auto mechanics or a closely related field; or 5) A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent, plus three years of full-time experience as described in “1” above.

The experience requirements must be met by April 27, and the education requirements by June 30.

Appointees must possess either 1) a Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement and no disqualifying restrictions or 2) a valid driver’s license and a learner’s permit for a Class A or Class B CDL with a passenger endorsement and no disqualifying restrictions.

City residency is not required for this position.

The Test

This examination consists of a competitive education-and-experience test and a qualifying multiple-choice test. Test scores will be based on a candidate’s education and experience as determined by the competitive education-and-experience test submitted with applications. Candidates will receive a score of 70 percent for meeting the requirements listed in the section above. They must also achieve a score of at least 70 percent to pass the qualifying multiple-choice test.

To receive additional points on the competitive education-and-experience test, they must have supplemental experience performing at least one of the tasks shown below. This experience must be in addition to the experience requirement listed in the section above. For details on how to receive additional points, more information on the post and how to apply, go to

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