MTA Bridges and Tunnels is looking to hire women and men age 21 and older with trade skills to work as Maintainers at the agency's facilities, which connect the five boroughs of New York City. Registration is open now through January 22, 2008 to sign up for the exam, which will be given on Saturday, April 26, 2008.
The entry level assignment-Level I Maintainer-offers excellent opportunities for advancement to Levels II and III. The annual starting salary is $37,817, and benefits include pension plan, paid vacation and holidays. Qualified individuals assigned as Level I Maintainers perform a wide range of duties, learning many new skills as they progress. Among the diverse tasks that may be performed are:
- maintenance of facility buildings, as well as fixed and movable sections of bridges and tunnels (e.g., suspension cables, fans, electrical wiring)
- operation of automotive and mobile equipment
- snow and debris removal
- painting and installation of signs
- cleaning of facility structures
- welding work
The job environment is supportive. "The people I work with are like family," says Yvette Morera (see attached photo), a Level I Maintainer at the Queens Midtown Tunnel. "This is the most interesting work I've ever done-the job is never boring because it's different every day, and I've learned so much." Ms. Morera, a Brooklyn resident, has been a Maintainer since joining MTA Bridges and Tunnels in July 2006.
For detailed information on how to register for the Bridges and Tunnels Maintainer (#8008) Civil Service Exam, please call 212-669-1357 or visit the City of New York Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) website at: www.nyc.gov/dcas and click on the "Open Competitive Examinations" page.
Basic Qualification Requirements include:
- two years of full-time satisfactory experience within the last five years installing, maintaining or repairing mechanical or electrical equipment or performing structural repairs; or
- one year of full-time satisfactory experience, in addition to graduation from a trade or technical school, or vocational high school, with a major course of study totaling 600 hours in one or more of the following areas: electrical, mechanical, automotive, welding, carpentry, machinist work, or a closely-related field, approved by a state's Department of Education or comparable governmental agency.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities are: the Triborough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, Verrazano-Narrows, Cross Bay Veterans, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial and Henry Hudson Bridges and the Queens Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnels.
Photo: Yvette Morera, MTA Bridges and Tunnels Maintainer at the Queens Midtown Tunnel, behind the wheel of a facility truck.