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Track Equipment Maint. Jobs with NYC Transit Start At $32.13 an Hour

Education and Experience Tests Start in June; Residency Not Required; $82 Application Fee

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New York City Transit is accepting applications for Track Equipment Maintainers through Nov. 24 for tests scheduled to begin June 1. The minimum salary is $32.13 per hour for a 40-hour workweek, increasing to $37.80 in the sixth year of service. The application fee is $82. 

Benefits include, but are not limited to, night and weekend salary differentials, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, a comprehensive medical plan and a pension plan. 

The Job

Track Equipment Maintainers, under supervision, inspect, test, maintain, alter, repair and operate electromechanical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment used in the construction,  maintenance and repair of railroad track in the city subway system. 

They maintain, repair and operate cranes, tampers, compressors, front-end loaders, engines and motors, rail saws,  chainsaws, pay-loaders, forklifts, conveyors, track lubricators, ballast regulators, snow blowers,  grease pumps and machine-shop equipment; drive trucks; keep records; make computations; prepare reports and perform related work.

Some of the physical activities performed by Track Equipment Maintainers and the environmental conditions they experience are crawling under trucks and heavy equipment; working in confined spaces; working on subway and elevated tracks, and lifting and carrying heavy tools and components.

They also take precise measurements; distinguish colors; manually remove and install parts and bolts in confined areas; move out of the way of moving vehicles and heavy equipment, including trains while working on or near tracks that are in service; listen for warnings (verbal, horns, bells and signals); and work outdoors in all weather conditions.


By Nov. 24, applicants must meet either of the following requirements: 1) Two years of full-time satisfactory journey-level mechanic experience in the testing, operation, maintenance, alteration and repair of the mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems of a) heavy equipment of the type used in construction or the maintenance and repair of track, such as pneumatic and hydraulic compressors, drills, pile drivers, pay-loaders, tractors and conveyors, including gasoline and diesel engines; or (b) transportation vehicles such as passenger automobiles, trucks, buses, marine vessels, or aircraft; 

Or 2) Completion of a four-year full-time apprenticeship in an electro-mechanical trade recognized by the New York State Department of Labor, the U.S Department of Labor or any state apprenticeship council recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

For the journey-level mechanic experience in “1” above to be credited, it must be preceded by one of the following: A) Two years of full-time satisfactory experience as a mechanic’s helper, apprentice, or trainee performing or assisting in the work described; or B) Graduation from a recognized trade school or technical school with a major course of study in a mechanical or electrical trade, or a closely related field, totaling 600 hours; or C) Graduation from a vocational high school with a major course of study in a mechanical or electrical trade or a closely related field; or D) An A.S. degree or higher in electromechanical or electronic technology, or a closely related field. 

Appointees must possess either: A valid Class B commercial driver's license with no disqualifying restrictions and with an endorsement for hazardous materials; or a valid Class B commercial driver's license with no disqualifying restrictions; or a valid driver's license and a valid Learner's Permit for a Class B commercial driver's license with no disqualifying restrictions. 

Applicants may be required to undergo formalized training during their probationary period. New York City residency is not required.

The Test

This examination consists of a competitive education-and-experience test and a qualifying practical-skills test. Test scores will be based on education and experience as determined by the Education and Experience Test Paper (EETP) that applicants will submit with their applications. They will receive a score of 70 points for meeting the education-and-experience requirements. 

They also must achieve a score of 70 to pass the practical-skills test.

Applicants with supplemental journey-level experience can receive additional points. 

For complete information on the position, testing and on how to apply, visit

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