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Electrical helpers with MTA start at $23/hr, go to $41 after 6 years

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The MTA is accepting applications through Oct. 15 for transit electrical helpers ahead of open competitive exams scheduled for early November.

Pay for the positions varies. 

The current minimum salary for transit electrical helpers working in electrical power

maintenance is $24.11 per hour for a 40-hour week, increasing to $34.45 per hour in the sixth

year of service.

The current minimum salary for transit electrical helpers working in other subdivisions is

$23.57 per hour for a 40-hour week increasing to $33.68 per hour in the sixth year of service.

The current minimum salary for signal maintainer trainee is $24.92 per hour for 40-hour

week. Upon advancement to the title of signal maintainer, the salary is expected to increase

to $41.57 per hour for a 40-hour week based on the current minimum salary.

The positions

Transit electrical helpers, under direct supervision, assist maintainers and supervisors in the

installation, maintenance, testing and repair of electrical, electro-mechanical and electronic equipment in various MTA New York City Transit departments. Transit electrical helpers operate motor vehicles to and from work assignments; keep records and write reports; perform related work. Under direct supervision, transit electrical helpers perform the duties indicated below in the following areas:

1. In signal maintenance, they assist signals division supervisors with their work on railroad signal apparatuses, including signals, automatic train stops, electronic control systems, track circuit equipment, compressors, interlocking machines, related apparatuses and work with some materials containing asbestos.

2. In lighting maintenance, they assist lighting supervisors in the maintenance, installation, inspection, testing, alteration and repair of lighting and related equipment.

3. In electronic equipment maintenance, they assist supervisors with their work on electronic communication equipment, closed circuit televisions, control systems and equipment.

4. In elevator and escalator maintenance, they assist supervisors with their work on elevators, escalators, electrically operated drawbridges and all related electrical and mechanical equipment.

5. In ventilation and drainage maintenance, they assist supervisors in the maintenance and repair of ventilation and drainage systems, including fans, blowers, compressors, pumps, sewage

ejectors and related equipment.

6. In power distribution third rail maintenance, they assist supervisors with their work on contract rail power distribution systems, including positive and negative cables, rail connections, circuit breakers and related equipment.

7. In electrical power maintenance, they assist electrical power supervisors in the maintenance and repair of mercury arc and silicon rectifiers, rotary converters, high tension switch gear, automatic relay panels and circuits, power, telephone and fiber optics cables, and auxiliary equipment and accessories; and work with materials containing asbestos, mercury and lead.

8. In telephone maintenance, they assist telephone division supervisors with their work on telephones, intercom systems, emergency alarms, fire alarms, cables, electronic and other communications systems and materials containing asbestos.

Signal maintainer trainees, under close supervision, receive a course of training both in the

classroom and on the job, leading to qualification and competency as a signal maintainer in the

installation, maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic equipment in the Maintenance of Way Division of the Department of Subways of MTA New York City Transit

Qualifying requirements

By Oct. 15, applicants must meet the following requirements:

1) Two years of full-time satisfactory experience as a helper in the electrical, electronic, or electromechanical fields in the maintenance, repair, testing, construction or installation of electrical equipment; or

2) Graduation from a trade school or technical school, with a major course of study in electrical, electronic, or electro-mechanical technology, or a closely related field, totaling 600 hours; or

3) Graduation from a vocational high school with a major course of study in electrical, electronic, or electro-mechanical technology, or a closely related field; or

4) An associate degree or higher degree in electrical, electronic, or electro-mechanical technology or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

There are numerous other qualifying requirements. Potential applicants are encouraged to read through the job posting for the requirements, information regarding the tests and the application process. The posting is at new.mta.info/document/94031 

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