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Elevator and Escalator Specialist (Provisional) (Updated 1/31/2022)

Job ID: PS100123
Business Unit: New York City Transit
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: NYC Transit Authority
Date Posted: Nov 30, 2023


Job Information: Elevator and Escalator Specialist (TA)* - Job ID 100123

First Date of Posting:   10/8/21
Last Date of Filing:       Open Until Filled
Authority:                      TA
Department:                 Subways
Division/Unit:                Elevators & Escalators
Reports to:                   Maintenance Supervisor
Work Location:             Various
Hours of Work:             Various

Elevator Mechanic’s License

In accordance with NYS Labor Law § 954(4)(c), all candidates must possess a New York State Elevator Mechanic’s License at the time of consideration for appointment. You may review the requirements for licensure and submit your application for the license at the link below. 

*This is a civil service position.  Selected candidates must pass a civil service exam and be appointed from the resulting list to gain permanent status. 

Under general supervision, perform expert-level and complex work involving the diagnosis, troubleshooting, adjustment and repair of electric and hydraulic passenger or freight elevators, escalators, and associated electromechanical equipment in MTA New York City Transit stations, shops, buildings and yards; utilize state-of the-art technology, analytical and diagnostic tools, facilities management and maintenance related software; prepare reports; drive a motor vehicle to transport material, equipment and personnel to and from various worksites; and perform related work
Examples of Typical Tasks:

  • Is selectively assigned and dispatched to diagnose, troubleshoot and repair elevator and escalator equipment problems of the highest technical difficulty, including recurring and intermittent electrical and mechanical malfunctions resulting in repeated failures and call backs.
  • Works with engineering staff and management to analyze and make recommendations regarding new equipment installations, including evaluating the adaptability of new equipment to various operating conditions. Ensures that the technical and maintenance requirements for new equipment are properly documented and makes recommendations of specialized training for Maintainers and other maintenance personnel on such equipment.
  • Monitors and analyzes performance of electrical, mechanical and hydraulic elements of elevator and escalators systems with the use of a computer and specialized software.
  • Interprets complex electrical schematics and technical drawings to facilitate diagnosis and make effective repairs. Programs equipment parameters to ensure safe and reliable operation of elevators, escalators and their components.
  • Assists management, engineers, and other professional staff with the pilot testing of draft maintenance and troubleshooting procedures, manuals, and inspection schedules for all new equipment. Recommends changes and/or edits to such documents to improve service and reliability.
  • Conducts thorough hands-on investigations and inquiries into equipment and system failures, and problem installations. Analyzes the effectiveness of preventative maintenance practices and makes recommendations to improve those practices.
  • May be teamed with other Elevator and Escalator Specialists, to provide specialized technical assistance and guidance to maintenance personnel in the troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of elevators, escalators, and associated equipment. May inspect the work of other maintenance personnel including other Elevator and Escalator Specialists.
  • As required, may perform any work related to the maintenance and repair of elevators and escalators and associated equipment, including preventative maintenance.
  • Drives a motor vehicle to transport material, equipment and personnel to and from various work sites.

The current minimum salary is $50.77 per hour for a 40 hour week.  This rate is subject to change. The benefits of this position include, but are not limited to, night and weekend salary differentials, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, a comprehensive medical plan and a pension plan. 

Education and Experience:
  1. Six years of full-time satisfactory experience at the journey level (i.e., fully-trained, knowledgeable, proficient and competent mechanic) in the diagnosis, trouble-shooting, inspection, adjustment and repair of electric and hydraulic passenger or freight elevators, escalators, and associated electro-mechanical equipment; or
  2. Successful completion of a four-year, full-time apprenticeship in the construction, repair, and maintenance of elevators and/or escalators recognized by the New York State Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor; or any apprenticeship council that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor; followed by four years of the journey-level experience listed in “1” above; or
  3. Five years of full-time satisfactory experience at the journey level as described in paragraph “1” above, plus completion of one of the following listed below before obtaining your journey-level experience:

a. Two years of full-time satisfactory experience performing work as described above as a mechanic’s helper, apprentice or trainee; or

b.  Graduation from a recognized trade school or technical school, with a major course of study in electromechanical, electrical or electronic technology, or a closely related field totaling 600 hours or more; or

c. Graduation from a vocational high school, with a major course of study in electro-mechanical, electrical or electronic technology, or a closely related field; or

d.  An associate degree or a higher-level degree, from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in electro-mechanical, electrical or electronic technology, or a closely related field.

Driver License Requirement:

A Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York with no restrictions.


Other Information:
Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policy making position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).

How to Apply:

MTA employees must apply via My MTA Portal. You can submit an online application by logging into My MTA Portal, clicking the My Job Search ribbon, and selecting the “Careers” link.

Logging in through My MTA Portal will link your BSC ID number to your job application to identify you as an internal applicant.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
MTA and its
subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.
The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.
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