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General Maintainer

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Job ID: 28630
Department: Human Resources
Location: Various NY/NJ Facilities


The Port Authority of NY & NJ is seeking candidates with well-rounded experience in a variety of manual and semi-skilled construction trades for the Building Construction/General Maintainer (GM) position.  General Maintainers are general laborers who carry-out critical maintenance work that enable our facilities to remain safe and operational for the traveling public.


General Maintainers are placed at one of the Port Authority’s facilities in the New York/New Jersey region and perform work that typically requires the use of general maintenance skills and knowledge of a variety of trade fields such as:  carpentry, landscaping, painting, paving, roofing, snow removal for commercial property, gardening, and structural and mechanical maintenance.   This position requires a knowledge of materials, tools, blueprint reading and equipment of these trades.


•This is a temporary position that offers benefits and the possibility of permanent employment. 

•The Temporary General Maintainer position is often the entry-point for many maintenance career paths at the Port Authority.  Temporary General Maintainers have the opportunity to compete for promotional titles, such as Auto Mechanic, Structural Mechanic, and Trades Helper Electrician.

•Candidates who do not possess a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) will be provided the on-the-job training needed to obtain their CDL.

•General Maintainers work a 40-hour week, which includes working, rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, during inclement weather and overtime as needed.



Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:


• High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution

• Two years of journey-level work experience in the building construction, general laborer fields

• Valid Driver's License with the ability to obtain a CDL Permit before their first day of work


Selected candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background check and will be asked to provide copies of the required licenses for verification.


Desired Qualifications


Ideal candidates will be present the following profile:


• A valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the Air Brakes endorsement or higher.  Applicants without a CDL must obtain a CDL Permit before their first day of work, and will be required to obtain a Class B CDL with one endorsement, within two months of employment.


Applicants should refer to the following website for further information on obtaining a CDL and medical clearance for CDL Licensing:  OR


Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a comprehensive health benefits package and participates in the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System (NYSLERS).


Starting Salary:  $15.98 per hour.  Permanent General Maintainers are eligible to annual step increases up to $26.62 per hour (subject to collective bargaining agreement).

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by visiting our website, and search for Building Construction/General Maintainer.  Click on the "Apply Now" button, upload a resume and answer the questions asked.


At the end of the online process, you should receive an acknowledgement of your online application submission.  If you do not receive this acknowledgement, your online application did not go through correctly and you must re-apply.


Applicants under consideration will be contacted via email for immediate testing.  Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.


Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in Building Construction and Maintenance trades areas such as: Carpentry, Painting, Plumbing, Drywall, Masonry, Tool Identification/Usage, Safety Procedures, and Trade Math/Measurement (including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and calculation of measurements based on the reading of show drawings/schematics and rulers).


Successful written-test candidates will be invited to participate in a hands-on practical exam to demonstrate professional trade practices for this job title.  The performance exam will measure the candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to work with tools, equipment, and materials used in building construction/maintenance and repair.


The practical exam includes:

  • Climbing a stationary ladder and demonstrating your ability to work at heights

  • Constructing a piping project from a drawing by cutting and threading steel pipe and cutting and sweating copper pipe

  • Building a wood frame using standard lumber following the specifications from a shop drawing

  • Measuring, cutting, hanging, taping and painting a sheetrock wall following a shop drawing


A $25 non-refundable/non-transferable testing fee payable by MasterCard, Visa or a pre-paid credit card is required for the written test.  The testing fee will be waived for qualified candidates receiving certain forms of public assistance who submit the required documentation.


About The Port Authority


We are currently hiring temporary General Maintainers to join our team!


The Port Authority of NY & NJ is seeking to fill skilled-trade GENERAL MAINTAINERS in various NY/NJ Facilities.

Starting Salary:  $15.98 hourly.  Permanent General Maintainers are eligible for annual step increases up to $26.62 per hour (subject to collective bargaining agreement).

This is a temporary position that offers benefits and the possibility of permanent employment. 


Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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