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Automotive Mechanic - Heavy Vehicle

Job ID: 38474
Department: Operations Services
Location: Various NY/NJ Facilities


As an AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC you will utilize your knowledge of automotive technology to keep the Port Authority rolling. You will perform complex automotive inspections and identify maintenance repairs and modifications for our vehicle fleet. Automotive Mechanics also grow their skills in a wide variety of duties that require unusual techniques and exceptional judgment to help maintain Port Authority vehicles.

Automotive Mechanics will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Diagnosis and repair (including car/truck repairs, air conditioner, axle & transaxle, airbrakes)
  • Auxiliary and control systems
  • Inspections (mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems)
  • Laptop subscriptions

Shifts: Automotive Mechanics work a 40-hour week, which includes rotating shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, overtime as needed an during inclement weather and emergencies. 

To learn more about some exciting initiatives led by our Central Automotive Division and to get to know staff who you may work alongside of, check out the Port Authority’s Now Arriving blog posts in the links below:

Port Authority’s Auto Division Hits the Gas on Clean Vehicles (

PA’s Jim Hineson Gets Revved Up About EVs (


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

  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Three years’ journey-level experience in performing skilled automotive work involving inspection, diagnosis, modification, maintenance, and repair on complex automotive and other special equipment
  • New York State and/or New Jersey State Emissions Inspector License (selected applicants without this license must obtain within six months of employment)
  • Valid driver license with the ability to obtain a valid Class A Commercial Driver's (CDL) Permit with the air brakes endorsement or higher before the first day of work and will be required to obtain a Class A CDL License with endorsements 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

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

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. As one of the premier public agencies in the nation, we offer exciting career challenges, and unsurpassed benefits to jobseekers meeting the necessary qualifications to join our elite, highly skilled staff of maintenance experts.

Starting Salary:  $35.95 hourly. Automotive Mechanics are eligible for annual step increases up to an annual salary of $96,616.78 (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. Applicants under consideration will be contacted via email for testing. 

The Automotive Mechanic Written Examination is designed to assess candidates’ knowledge in the following areas:

  • Combustion Engines
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Hydraulic Brake Systems
  • Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Light and Heavy-Duty Truck Repair
  • Hybrid Vehicle Technology
  • Late Model Vehicle Technology and Diagnostics

To bypass the Automotive Mechanic Written Exam, candidates must present one of the following profiles.

  • Master ASE Automotive Certified in: A1 through A8 with the addition of one (1) of the following certifications: L1, A9, L2, L3.
  • Master ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Certified in: T1 through T8 with the addition of one (1) of the following certifications: L1, A9, L2, L3.
  • Non-Master Auto Certified in: A1 through A5, and A6 or T6, and A7 or T7, and A8 with the addition of one (1) of the following certifications L1, A9, L2, L3.
  • Non-Master Medium/Heavy Truck certified in: T1 through T5 and T6 or A6, and T7 or A7, and T8 with the addition of one (1) of the following certifications: L1, A9, L2, L3. 

Applicants seeking a written test waiver should indicate ASE certification types and numbers on your resume AND upload current certifications with your resume as a PDF file.

Candidates who qualify on the written exam will be eligible to be considered for the next step in the evaluation process, a Practical Examination. The practical exam will measure a candidate's knowledge in areas such as mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and/or electrical/electronic inspection, diagnosis, maintenance, and repair

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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