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Electrician Jobs At The Port Authority Start at $35/Hr.

Experience is Required; Written, Practical Tests; Trades Helper Posts Also Available

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is accepting applications from experienced electricians. The starting salary is $35.29 an hour. 

Applicants who do not meet the qualifications for the Electrician level may be considered for Trades Helper Electrician jobs. The starting salary for a Trades Helper Electrician is $21.90 an hour.


Electricians are responsible for the installation, maintenance and repairs of various electrical equipment that keeps The Port Authority rolling. They use their knowledge to work on projects related to generators, motors, fire alarm systems, toll equipment, traffic signals, control boxes and automatic electrical systems.  

Electricians also grow their skills in a wide variety of duties involving schematic drawings, blueprints or rough sketches and may splice cables, install conduit, BX cable and similar types of electrical wiring. They may act in a lead capacity with one or more electrical helpers and will work at elevated heights from ladders and bucket trucks.

They work in various Port Authority locations in New York and New Jersey. 


Qualifying candidates must have a high school diploma or GED from an accredited institution, three years of journey-level commercial-electrician work experience and a valid driver's license. 

Ideal candidates can troubleshoot, diagnose, repair and install motors, lighting systems, controllers, cables, conduit, etc; are skilled in working with high-voltage electrical systems; and have knowledge of state and local electrical codes. 

Applicants must possess a valid Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) with an air-brakes endorsement or higher. Applicants without a Class B CDL must obtain a Class B CDL Permit with endorsement before their first day of work and will be required to obtain a Class B CDL with one endorsement within three months of employment.

Electricians work a 40-hour week, which includes rotating shifts, days, afternoons, nights, weekends and holidays, and during inclement weather and emergencies. 


Selected qualified candidates will participate in a written exam that is designed to measure knowledge in areas such as electrical theory, electrical codes, safety, motors and controls, electrical equipment, troubleshooting and repair, and trade mathematics.

Candidates who qualify on the written exam will be eligible to be considered for a practical exam, which is designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in areas such as working at heights, motor and motor controls, alarm-panel wiring, installation of a three-way/four-way lighting circuit, and EMT bending.

Candidates who qualify on the practical exam will be eligible to be offered a position as they become available.

Selected candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check and will be asked to provide copies of the required licenses for verification.

Complete information on the positions and on how to apply is available online at

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