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Elevator Mechanic Helpers With City Start at $31/Hour

Apply by March 30; Fee is $82; Qualify With Education/Experience Exam

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The city is accepting applications for Elevator Mechanic’s Helpers through March 30. The minimum salary is $31 an hour and the application fee is $82. 


Job duties include assisting in the maintenance and repair of electrically and/or hydraulically powered passenger and/or freight elevators while under direct supervision. The helpers assist Elevator Mechanics in making mechanical and electrical repairs and adjustments to the components of passenger and freight elevators, which include cables, sheaves, glands, motors, generators, starters, relays and controls, brakes, solenoids and safeties. 

They make routine inspections of elevator equipment in a preventive maintenance program; use the tools and instruments essential to elevator maintenance and repair work; clean work areas; hand tools and equipment to Elevator Mechanics who are making repairs; drive a motor vehicle; and perform related work.

Physical activities include climbing ladders and elevator shafts; moving heavy elevator parts; carrying heavy tool boxes; crawling and working in narrow spaces; and working in the vicinity of live electrical circuits and moving elevators.


To qualify, candidates must have one of the following: three years of experience in maintenance, repair and installation of passenger or freight elevators; 

Or at least two years of experience described above, plus at least 600 hours of training in a trade school or vocational high school approved by any state, or graduation from a vocational high school in a course of study in  the maintenance, repair and/or installation of passenger or freight elevators;

Or satisfactory completion of the career-ladder-training program for elevator mechanic's helpers sponsored by the New York City Housing Authority. 

The education requirement must be met by June 30. The experience requirement must be met by March 30. 

Applicants also need a valid New York State driver's license.

The Exam

Scores will be determined by an education-and-experience exam. Candidates will receive a score of 70 points for meeting the education and experience requirements above, and then receive additional points on the following basis:

At least 6 months but less than 12 months: 3 points; at least 12 months but less than 18 months: 6 points; at least 18 months but less than 24 months: 9 points; at least 24 months but less than 30 months: 12 points; at least 30 months but less than 36 months: 15 points; at least 36 months but less than 42 months: 18 points; at least 42 months but less than 48 months: 21 points; at least 48 months but less than 54 months: 24 points; at least 54 months but less than 60 months: 27 points; 60 or more months: 30 points.

Candidates who meet the education and experience requirements and pass the test will be placed in final score order on an eligible list. 

If hired, a candidate may need to become a city resident within 90 days of appointment. 

For complete information on the position, including on how to apply, go to

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