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Bus Maintainer (Chassis) Positions With MTA Start at $25+ an Hour

Dec. 22 Filing Deadline; $68 Application Fee; Education-and-Experience, Practical, General Tests

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The MTA is accepting applications for Bus Maintainer (Chassis) positions through Dec. 22 for tests to be held as early as next spring. The minimum salary is $26.46 at the Yonkers, Eastchester, College Point, LaGuardia and Baisley Park Depots, and $25.37 per hour at the JFK, Spring Creek and Far Rockaway Depots. The application fee is $68. 

Benefits include night and weekend salary differentials, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, a comprehensive medical plan and a pension plan.

The Job

Bus Maintainers (Chassis) maintain, inspect, test, diagnose, overhaul, rebuild and repair all vehicle systems, components and accessories to industry work standards.  

They also operate vehicles, including trucks and buses; maintain and repair equipment and tools; keep written and electronic records of work activities; and perform related work. 

They work outdoors in all weather conditions; crawl under and on top of buses; work in confined areas; lift and carry heavy parts, tools, and equipment; climb into and out of buses that are suspended on lifts; read gauges and prints; and read, interpret and apply written or graphic technical repair instructions.

To Qualify

By Dec. 22, applicants must have three years of full-time experience as a journey-level mechanic repairing passenger cars, trucks, buses or aircraft. For the above journey-level experience to be credited, it must be preceded by one of the following: 1) Two years of full-time satisfactory experience as a mechanic’s helper, apprentice or trainee performing or assisting in the performance of automotive or aircraft maintenance and repair; or 2) Graduation from a recognized trade school or technical school or a comparable agency, with a major course of study in automotive mechanics or a closely related field, totaling 600 hours; or 3) Graduation from a vocational high school with a major course of study in automotive mechanics or a closely related field; or 4) Graduated from an accredited college or university with an AAS degree or higher in automotive mechanics or a closely related field. 

Applicants also must have either a valid Class B commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement and no disqualifying restrictions that would preclude the performance of the duties of this title; or a valid driver’s license and a valid learner’s permit for a Class B CDL with a passenger endorsement. See the job announcement for additional CDL requirements and/or waivers. 

Appointees must pass a drug screening, and successful applicants will have a physical examination to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position. 

The Tests

This examination consists of a competitive education and experience test, a qualifying multiple-choice test and a qualifying practical-skills test. Applicants’ competitive test scores will be based on education and experience as determined by the competitive education and experience test that they will submit with their applications. 

Applicants will receive a score of 70 points for meeting the education and experience requirements listed in the section above. A score of at least 70 points is required to pass the competitive education and experience, qualifying practical and qualifying multiple-choice tests. The multiple-choice and practical skills test will be given in the same session. They may be given the practical skills test before their multiple-choice test is officially rated. 

Applicants can receive additional points on the competitive education-and-experience test if they have supplemental journey-level experience performing some tasks. 

The multiple-choice test may include questions on the maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of buses, automobiles and trucks, including their engines, transmissions, running gears, air-conditioning, and electrical and mechanical accessories; proper selection and use of materials, machinery and tools of the trade; safe and efficient work practices; reading and interpreting specifications and drawings; related mathematical calculations; record keeping; and other related areas. 

The qualifying practical skills test may measure abilities to use tools; read schematics; install, repair, and adjust vehicle components; and troubleshoot and repair electrical components using meters and other equipment.

Complete information on the position, test scoring and how to apply is available at

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