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HVAC/Utility Systems Maintainer

Job ID: 37030
Department: Human Resources
Location: Various NY/NJ Facilities


The Port Authority of NY & NJ is seeking candidates with well-rounded experience in the operation, maintenance, repair and alteration of utility systems and related auxiliary equipment to join our team as a HVAC/Utility Systems Maintainer (USM). USMs work on equipment including, but not limited to, air conditioning and ventilation systems, pneumatic and electric controls, high-pressure and low-pressure boilers, high temperature generators, and fire protection systems. The USMs lead and monitor the work of semi-skilled classes in the operation and maintenance of plant systems and equipment.

  • Utility Systems Maintainers work a 40-hour week, which includes working rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, overtime as needed, and during inclement weather and emergencies.
  • Utility Systems Maintainers work at our various Port Authority facilities throughout the NY/NJ area, such as Newark Airport, Port Authority Bus Terminal, JFK Airport,  LaGuardia Airport, New Jersey Marine Terminals and Lincoln Tunnel, etc.


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

  • Two years of full-time work experience as a HVAC Mechanic/Utility Systems Maintainer
  • High school diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Refrigerant Technician's Certificate (RTC) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Valid Driver's License

The following licenses are required either at the time of appointment or within a specified time upon employment:

  • A New York Fire Department Certificate of Fitness for Standpipe or Sprinkler operation OR a Black Seal Fireman's License issued by the State of New Jersey
  • Certificate in Pesticide Application in NY or NJ (selected applicants without a pesticide application certificate must obtain within six months of employment).
  • Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the Air Brakes endorsement or higher Applicants without a Class B CDL must obtain a Class B CDL Permit with endorsement before their first day of work, and will be required to obtain a Class B CDL with endorsement within three months of employment

Applicants should refer to the following websites 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 competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

Starting Salary$43.01/hour; $89,466/annual subject to collective bargaining agreement

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a resume and answering 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.



Selected qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that is designed to measure the applicant's knowledge in areas such as:

  • Heating and Heating Systems
  • A/C and Refrigeration Systems
  • Auxiliary Equipment
  • Pumps and Controls
  • Fire Protection
  • Fire Safety
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • HVAC Electrical Systems

Successful written-test candidates will be invited to participate in a hands-on practical exam that is designed to measure the candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to work with tools, equipment and materials used in HVAC system maintenance and repair.

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 active,reserve or veteran of the US Armed Forces or candidates receiving certain forms of public assistance who submit the required documentation.

Testing center availability may be limited due to closures associated with COVID-19.


Witten Test Waived with Certification

Please Note: if a candidate has a New York Fire Department Certificate of Fitness for Standpipe or Sprinkler operation, or possess a Black Seal Fireman’s license issued by the State of New Jersey AND U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Refrigerant Technician’s Certificate (RTC), their written test will be waived, and they will be directly invited to take our practical.

The practical exam includes:

  • Climbing a stationary ladder and demonstrating your ability to perform tasks at heights.
  • Installation of Heating Zones: According to specifications, you will be required to wire a thermostat, zone valves and auxiliary equipment on a simulated HVAC system.
  • Installation of a split AC Unit requires you to demonstrate how to charge and recover refrigerant from and an AC unit that was recently repair. You must completely describe all components of the unit, how they operate and how they are serviced.
  • Servicing a Rooftop HVAC system: Using the appropriate trade procedures and equipment
  • Respond to a no-heat complain on a commercial building's rooftop,
  • HVAC system and to diagnose and repair the problem
  • Steel Pipe to Copper Pipe Construction: you will build a pipe project to specifications from a shop diagram that involves cutting, threading ¾ steel pipes, sweating copper pipe-bending and flaring refrigeration tubing.


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

About The Port Authority

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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