General Maintainer Jobs At Port Authority NY/NJ Starting at $21.46/Hour

Temp Positions Can Become Permanent; 2 Years of Experience And Class B CDL, Required

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking to fill skilled-trade General Maintainer positions in various New York and New Jersey facilities. The wage is $21.46 per hour. This is a temporary position that offers health benefits and the possibility of permanent employment.

Permanent General Maintainers are eligible for annual step increases up to $35.75 per hour (subject to collective bargaining agreement). The temporary General Maintainer position is often the entry-point for maintenance career paths at the Port Authority. 

The Job

General Maintainers are general laborers responsible for variety of manual and semi-skilled construction trades for the Building Construction/General Maintainer position.

They carry out critical maintenance work that enable Port Authority facilities to remain safe and operational for the traveling public. 

General Maintainers perform tasks that typically require the knowledge of the following trade fields: carpentry, landscaping, painting, paving, roofing, snow removal for commercial property, gardening, and structural and mechanical maintenance.

Successful applicants have knowledge of materials, tools, blueprint reading and equipment of these trades.

General Maintainers work a 40-hour week, including rotating shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays during inclement weather and overtime as needed.


Eligible candidates must have the following: a high school diploma or GED; two years of journey-level work experience in the building construction, general laborer fields; and a valid driver license with the ability to obtain a commercial driver license Class B permit before the first day of work.

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

How To Apply

Applicants under consideration will be contacted via email for immediate testing.

Selected qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam designed to measure their knowledge in building construction and maintenance-trades areas such as carpentry, painting, plumbing, drywall, masonry, tool identification and usage, safety procedures and trade math and measurement (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and calculation of measurements based on the reading of show drawings/schematics and rulers).

Practical Exam

Candidates who pass the written test will be invited to participate in a hands-on practical exam to demonstrate professional trade practices for this job title.

The performance exam will measure the candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to work with tools, equipment and materials used in building construction/maintenance and repair.

Candidates will be asked to climb a stationary ladder and demonstrate their ability to work at heights; construct a piping project from a drawing by cutting and threading steel pipe and cutting and sweating copper pipe; build a wood frame using standard lumber following the specifications from a shop drawing; and measure, cut and hang, tape and paint a sheetrock wall following a shop drawing.

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