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Power Distribution Maintainer Posts With MTA at $33/Hr

Apply By Nov. 23 For April Tests; Experience Needed; Residency Isn't

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New York City Transit is accepting applications for Power Distribution Maintainers through Nov. 23 for multiple-choice exams scheduled to begin April 6. 

The current minimum salary is $33.18 per hour for a 40-hour work week, increasing to $39.04 per hour in the sixth year of service. The fee is $82.

The Work

Power Distribution Maintainers, under supervision, maintain, install, inspect, test, alter and repair the direct-current power-distribution cable systems and contact rail systems in MTA New York City Transit subways, elevated lines and yards. 

They install, maintain and inspect contact rail heaters, circuit breakers, third-rail end approaches, wooden poles on the right of way, positive and negative cables, wires, relays and switches; inspect and replace insulators, protection boards and protection-board brackets; bond negative rails; respond to emergencies and make emergency repairs; dig for and install ducts for cable installations. They may perform welding and burning duties as required; drive a motor vehicle to and from work sites and load and unload vehicles as required; and perform related work.

Some of the physical activities performed by Power Distribution Maintainers and environmental conditions experienced are: working on or near tracks having live 600-volt contact rails; walking along tracks in dimly lit areas; stepping out of the way of moving trains; climbing and descending ladders; working on elevated structures; working outdoors in all weather conditions; operating machinery; and lifting and carrying heavy materials.


By Nov. 23, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: 1) Four years of full-time satisfactory experience as a fully trained electrical distribution maintainer performing work in the maintenance, installation, inspection, testing, altering and repair of electrical power cable or power distribution cable systems; 

Or 2) Three years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “1” plus, either A) Graduation from an approved vocational high school with a major course of study in the electrical or electronic field; B) Graduation from a trade or technical school with a major course of study in the electrical or electronic field totaling 600 hours; or C) Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate degree in electrical, electronic or electro-mechanical technology, or a closely related field;

Or 3) Two years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “1” above, plus a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in electrical engineering, electronic technology, electrical engineering technology, electro-mechanical technology or a closely related field;

Or 4) Completion of a four-year full-time apprenticeship in the electrical, electronic or electro-mechanical trade recognized by the New York State Department of Labor, the United States Department of Labor or any state apprenticeship council which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.

As of Nov. 14, MTA New York City Transit is requiring all new hires to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Applicants can request medical or religious accommodation. 

Appointees must have a valid driver’s license and must pass a drug screening. City residency is not required.

The Test 

The multiple-choice test may include questions that require the use of any of the following knowledge areas: installation, maintenance and inspection of power-distribution equipment; tools and electrical-measuring devices used in power distribution work; electrical principles and theory; circuit schematics; electrical work including related computations; safe work practices and procedures; and other related areas.

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

Complete information on the position, including on how to apply, is available at

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