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Car Inspector

Job ID: 4367
Business Unit: SIRTOA
Location: Staten Island, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Staten Island Railway
Date Posted: Apr 2, 2024



Title:                              Car Inspector

First Date of Posting:    11/03/2023

Last Date of Filing:        Open Until Filled 

Authority                        SIRTOA 

Department:                   Various               

Division/Unit:                Staten Island Railway     

Reports to:                    Superintendent, Mechanical    

Work Location:             845 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY       

Hours of Work:             Various



The current minimum salary is $27.857222 per hour for a 40-hour week increasing to $39.796032 per hour in the sixth year of service. These rates are subject to change as per the Sheet Metal Air Transportation (SMART) Collective Bargaining Agreement. The benefits of this position include but are not limited to, night and weekend salary differentials, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a comprehensive medical plan and pension plan.



Car Inspectors, under supervision, maintain, inspect, test, examine, lubricate, troubleshoot and make repairs and adjustments on any part of MTA Staten Island Railway’s  multiple-unit passenger cars and rail service cars in the car shops, terminals, yards and on the road, including car body, electrical, electronic, mechanical and pneumatic equipment, truck equipment, body and truck brake rigging, electrical and pneumatic brake equipment, car bodies and associated fixtures, air conditioning and heating equipment, and electrical and electronic control and motor equipment. Operate and maintain lifting and carrying equipment associated with the placement and removal of cars and car parts; keep records and prepare reports; and perform related work. Some of the physical activities performed by Maintainer, Electricians and the environmental conditions they experience are working outdoors in all kinds of weather, crouching under cars in maintenance pits, reaching into dark spaces and making tactile inspections, making visual inspections of equipment, distinguishing colors, reading gauges and prints, climbing into and out of maintenance pits, using hand tools, hearing warnings (bell, whistle and vocal), and carrying heavy tools and equipment.



Two years of full-time experience as a journey-level mechanic (i.e., a fully trained, knowledgeable, experienced, proficient, and competent mechanic), working from drawings, performing troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of large heavy duty electromechanical, electric or electronic equipment and machinery; or the electrical inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of multiple-unit electrical railroad cars or diesel-electric locomotives.

For the above journey-level experience to be credited, it must be preceded by one of the following:

  • Two years of full-time experience as a mechanic’s helper, apprentice or trainee performing or assisting in the work described above; or
  • 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. This school must be approved by a state’s Department of Education; or
  • Graduation from a vocational high school, with a major course of study in electromechanical, electrical, or electronic technology, or a closely related field. This school must be approved by a state’s Department of Education or comparable agency; or
  • An A.A.S. degree, or a higher degree, from an accredited college or university in electromechanical, electrical, or electronic technology or a closely related field. Accreditation must be by a regional, national, professional, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting body by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Some examples of acceptable experience include aircraft/avionics technician; power-plant technician; automotive/diesel mechanic/technician; commercial/industrial electrician; electronic systems technician; commercial/industrial HVAC technician; and elevator/escalator mechanic.



Based on evaluation of education, skills, experience, and interview.


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



 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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