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Plumber - Structures

Job ID: 7709
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Various, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: NHL Station Maintenance Forces
Date Posted: Jun 10, 2024





Plumber - Structures


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Until Filled


Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.



MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal.  We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut.  A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service and rewarding opportunities to its employees.


Install, maintain and repair various piping systems in Metro-North stations and facilities.



  • Assemble, install, maintain and repair black iron, galvanized, copper, Victaulic, and aluminum pipe, to include fittings, couplings, clamps, screws, bolts and soldering equipment.
  • Maintain and repair plumbing lines (sewage or water supply) by opening clogged drains using a drum or a handheld snake.
  • Install, maintain and repair plumbing appliances and fixtures such as toilets, sinks, shower stalls, and faucets using hand and power tools.
  • Detect and repair water leaks by turning off water main valves, isolating water flow and repairing pipe.
  • Install and repair high & low pressure steam lines and condensate lines.
  • Maintain and repair fire sprinkler systems in stations and facilities.
  • Attend required trainings associated with performing Plumber responsibilities (i.e., Roadway Worker, blood-borne pathogen, etc.).
  • Locate and mark the positions of pipe installations.
  • Read and interpret blueprints and construction drawings.
  • Cut openings in structures to accommodate pipes or pipe fittings, using hand or power tools.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must have High School Diploma or equivalent and
  • Vocational or apprentice training in plumbing and/or HVAC or
  • Two (2) years of experience performing plumbing and/or HVAC work


  • Experience performing both plumbing and HVAC work
  • Freon Reclamation License
  • NYC Fire Dept. Certificate for Oxy-Acetylene Blowpipe or Certificate of Fitness for Fire Watch


Mechanical Aptitude; knowledge of and ability to use, plumbing tools; ability to work with others; verbal communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to follow instructions; ability to anticipate and analyze problems and take corrective actions; ability to accurately perform basic mental mathematical calculations; knowledge of operating and safety rules and standards; ability to anticipate problems; must be safety conscious; must be able to function effectively under changing priorities; ability to exercise independent judgment; reading comprehension ability.


  • Must possess a valid NYS Class D driver’s license or equivalent
  • Must have personal toolbox with Plumber’s tools
  • Internal candidates are required to become qualified for the position within 15 days of bidding the position

Rate of pay

The starting rate for this position is $26.69 (70% of the full rate). The annual wage progression scale is as follows:  Year 1=70% > Year 2=70% > Year 3=75% > Year 4=80% > Year 5=85% > Year 6=85% > Year 7=90% > Year 8=100%. The full 100% rate of pay is $38.12.

This rate has been established by the SMW collective bargaining unit and is non-negotiable.

An exception may be granted for a journeyman rate to anyone who has one of the following:

  • Completed a four-year, bona fide sheet metal workers’, plumbers’ or pipefitters’ apprenticeship program, OR
  • Has had four (4) years of full-time practical experience in the craft and can provide proof thereof (by means of a card or certificate).
  • For those approved for a journeyman rate, the wage progression scale is as follows: 80>80>90>90>100% of the full rate of pay.

This salary is non-negotiable, based on the IBT Collective Bargaining Agreement.

MNR Health Insurance & Vacation

As a full-time employee, you are eligible for the following health and welfare benefits.

Our benefits program provides flexibility, protection, and value through:

  • Health care benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Welfare Benefits, including basic and optional life, dependent life, basic and optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, including a Health Care Account and Dependent Care Account
  • Retirement benefits, including a retirement plan, 401(k) and 457 savings plans


Applicants will establish seniority in the Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMW) in accordance with the union's current collective bargaining agreement. 

Members of the SMW are subject to an initiation fee and monthly union dues


Must have the ability to work various hours, days and shifts and locations throughout Metro-North territory.

Other Information

This is a federally regulated position subject to both pre-employment and continuous random toxicological screening.

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”).

Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position. 


  • Must be able to lift and carry tools and material weighing up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis and occasionally up to 75 lbs. (e.g., auger, drum snakes, piping, etc.).
  • Must be able to kneel, bend, crouch, crawl and reach to access difficult to access work locations such as sinks, crawl spaces, etc.
  • Ability to walk on uneven surfaces while navigating tracks and yard in order to access facilities, work site, etc.
  • Ability to climb onto ladders, scaffolding, lifts to inspect, install and repair piping, supply and drainage lines.


  • Must be able to work various days and shifts.
  • Works outside exposed to various weather conditions from extreme hot to extreme cold.
  • Works at heights up to 50 ft. on scaffolds and ladders to access plumbing components, A/C units, supply lines, etc.

Selection Criteria

Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. 

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



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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