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Maintainer–Machinist Jobs at NYC Transit Start at $32 Hourly

Apply by May 25 For August Skills Test; Residency Not Needed; Filing Fee is $82

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The MTA is accepting applications for Car Maintainer-Machinist jobs with New York City Transit through May 25 for exams scheduled to start Aug. 8.

The minimum salary for Car Maintainers in the Division of Car Equipment is $33.55 per hour, increasing to $39.47 in the sixth year. The minimum salary for Car Maintainer in the Division of Maintenance of Way is $32.13 per hour, increasing to $36.24 in the sixth year. 

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

The Job

Car Maintainers perform machine-shop work related to the maintenance, alteration and repair of subway cars. They operate lathes, milling machines, boring mills, shapers, drill presses and surface grinders; machine wheel seats on subway-car axles; bore subway-car wheels to fit axle seats; recondition journal bearings; cut new teeth for gear blanks; cut internal and external threads; make complex machine parts; and grind metal surfaces. 

They also keep records; may be assigned to inspect new equipment and material at manufacturing plants; and perform related work. 

Car Maintainers lift and carry heavy supplies, equipment and material; read gauges, blueprints and drawings; use power-operated and computerized machinery; distinguish color-coded lights on such machinery; and use hand tools and operating machine-shop machinery requiring finger-dexterity. Some of those tasks take place on or near tracks with live high-voltage equipment.

To Qualify 

By May 25, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: Four years of full-time experience as a journey-level machinist in a machine shop, performing machine and bench work, including experience on the lathe, milling machine, surface grinder, sharper, boring mill and drill press;

Or 2) Three years of that same experience, preceded by one of the following: A) Two years of full-time satisfactory experience as a machinist’s helper; or B) Graduation from a recognized trade school or technical school with a major course of study in machine shop technology and tools or a closely related field totaling 600 hours or more; or C) Graduation from a vocational high school with a major course of study in machine shop technology and tools or a closely related field; or D) An associate degree or a higher degree with a major course of study in machine-shop technology and tools or a closely related field;

Or 3) Completion of a four-year full-time apprenticeship in the machinist trade recognized by the New York State Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor or any state apprenticeship council recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Incumbents will undergo a formalized training course during a probationary period. 

City residency is not required. 

The Test

Applicants will be given a competitive practical-skills test requiring the adept performance machine and bench-work tasks while demonstrating safe and proper use of hand tools and machinery. A score of 70 percent is required to pass this test. 

Those who meet the education and experience requirements and pass the competitive practical-skills test will have their names placed in final-score order on an eligible list and be given a list number. 

A promotion examination for this title is being held for eligible MTA New York City Transit employees. The names appearing on the promotion list will be considered first in filling vacancies. 

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

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