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Steam and Sprinkler Fitters

Job ID: 38187
Department: Human Resources
Location: Various NY/NJ Facilities


The Steam and Sprinkler Fitter performs journey level work relating to installing, maintaining, and repairing low- and high-pressure steam and sprinkler systems.  Steam and Sprinkler Fitters will serve in a lead capacity over semi-skilled level staff and are responsible with inspecting, troubleshooting and overhauling sprinkler, standpipe, fire protection and associated auxiliary equipment (i.e. pumps, valves, boilers, etc.). 

Responsibilities may include, but not limited to:

  • Measure, cut, thread and bend piping
  • Install support valves, piping and control systems
  • Install sprinkler heads and alarm systems
  • Remove and replace worn components
  • Read and interpret work specifications and fire codes
  • Test systems for leaks using air or liquid pressure equipment

The Port Authority is a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week operation.  Steam and Sprinkler Fitters work a 40-hour week, which may include nights, holidays, and responding to emergencies during off hours.  Steam and Sprinkler Fitters work at our various Port Authority facilities throughout the New York and New Jersey area.


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

  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution is required.
  • Three years full-time paid work experience in the steam systems, standpipe and sprinkler operations, pipes and pipe fitting, HVAC fields and/ or master Plumbing.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Note: Applicants must possess a valid 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 one 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

Ideal candidates will present the following profile:
New York City Fire Department Certificate of Fitness for Standpipe or Sprinkler operation, or Certified Master Plumber by the State of New Jersey

Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam designed to measure a candidate's knowledge in the following areas:

  • Tools & Equipment
  • Pipes & Pipe Fittings
  • Water Distribution Systems
  • Fire Hydrants
  • Equipment Troubleshooting & Repair
  • Wet Pipe Sprinkler Component Identification
  • Steam Unit Heaters
  • Sprinkler, Standpipe & Fire Protection Systems

Witten Test Waived with Certification
Please Note: if a candidate has New York City Fire Department Certificate of Fitness for Standpipe or Sprinkler operation or Certified Master Plumber by the State of New Jersey), their written test will be waived, and they will be directly invited to take our practical.

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 test will measure the candidate's ability to:

  • Climb and Work at Heights
  • Restore A Tripped Dry Pipe Valve
  • Identify & Service Steam Traps
  • Tie Basic Knots Used in Rigging & Hoisting
  • Assemble and/or Repair Fire Hydrants
  • Read Meters
  • Complete A Pipe Construction Project
  • Conduct Hydrostatic Testing
  • To Read and Interpret Sketches

Note: The exam is administered on the Port Authority's behalf by CPS HR Consulting (CPS), a leader in computer-based testing.  Applicants invited for testing will receive an email invite from CPS "[email protected]". The email from CPS will provide detailed instructions on how to schedule the exam and directions where to report for the exam. We urge you to schedule your exam upon receipt of the email from CPS in order to reserve a seat. Only applicants who receive an email from CPS, should contact CPS.

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: $35.01 hourly and $72,826.00 annually. Steam and Sprinkler Fitters are eligible for step increases up to an annual salary of $93,756.00 (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. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted and will be subject to a comprehensive background check.

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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