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Daily pay for diesel auto mechanics with the city DOT starts at $298


The city Department of Transportation is accepting applications through Aug. 31 for auto mechanics to work on diesel engines and diesel-powered vehicles. Daily pay starts at $298. 


Auto Mechanics, diesel, overhaul diesel engines and component assemblies used in diesel powered vehicles. They act as troubleshooters in determining mechanical defects; make minor repairs and adjustments in the field so that a vehicle may be returned to the garage or repair shop under its own power; and overhaul diesel engines, transmissions and fuel systems, align wheels, adjust tracks, repair steering equipment and reline and adjust brakes.

They might transmit orders to other journeymen and also supervise machinist helpers, automotive service workers, and other personnel as directed. They might train assigned machinist helpers, automotive service workers, or other related personnel in the performance of various maintenance and/or repair tasks. 

They may prepare reports and orders, and maintain records and inventories of supplies and materials; operate motor vehicles or equipment in the performance of assigned duties. 

Some of the physical activities performed by diesel mechanics and environmental conditions experienced are: working in a non-temperature controlled environment; climbing ladders; moving heavy automotive parts; carrying heavy tool boxes; crawling and working in narrow spaces; working in the vicinity of hazardous, flammable materials and solvents and engine exhaust fumes.


Successful applicants will have either 1) Five years of full-time satisfactory experience as an auto mechanic specializing in automotive diesel engine repair work; or

2) Not less than two and one-half years of full-time satisfactory experience as an auto mechanic specializing in automotive diesel engine repair work plus sufficient helper or apprentice experience or relevant education acquired in a college, university, technical school, trade school or vocational high school to make up the equivalent of five years of acceptable experience.

Six months of acceptable experience will be credited for each year of helper or apprentice experience or relevant education. Less than a full year of helper or apprentice experience, or relevant education will receive prorated credit.

At the time of appointment candidates must possess a New York State Class B commercial driver’s license or a motor vehicle driver license valid in the State of New York and a learner's permit for a Class B CDL. Appointees hired with a learner's permit must obtain the Class B CDL within six months of appointment. The CDL, with no restrictions, must be maintained for the duration of employment.  

At the time of appointment, certain agencies could require appointees to possess one or more of New York State motor vehicle inspector certifications.


Selection preference will be given to candidates possessing;

1. New York State Class A CDL with air brakes and tow endorsement.

2. New York State Certifications:

a) As a motor vehicle inspector certified in light vehicles, Group 1;

b) As a motor vehicle inspector certified in heavy vehicles, Group 2;

c) As a motor vehicle inspector certified in motorcycles, Group 3;

d) As a motor vehicle inspector certified in Emissions, Group 1.

If selected for the position, the above mentioned licenses must be maintained for the duration of employment.


This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program.  Please indicate in your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.

All new hires of the City of New York, must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have received a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability.  If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

For complete information on the job, including on how to apply, go to www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/about/employ.shtml. The job ID number is 532889.


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