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Under Supervision, Metal Work Mechanics fabricate, assemble and install structural metal components for use in the repair and maintenance of automotive equipment, building, public structures and appurtenances; lay out jobs working from drawings, samples and written description; make patterns and templates; cuts, drills, forges, burns, welds brazes and uses other metal work processes to fabricate components; uses hand and powered tools and welding, burning and brazing equipment to assemble and attach fabricated components to equipment and structures; does preparation and finishing; perform specialized and structural welding, does rigging as required; is responsible for and directs the work of assigned personnel; maintain records and make reports; operate motor vehicles.
Some of the physical activities performed by Metal Work Mechanics and environmental conditions experienced are: wearing various types of face shields in order to protect face and eyes when welding, burning or grinding metal; wearing ear plugs due to excessive noise in shop; wearing various types of work gloves in order to protect hands from heat and sparks when welding and/or burning and also to protect hands from cuts due to handling sharp edged metal; wearing appropriate work shoes in order to protect feet from any falling heavy tools, equipment or metal objects; wearing appropriate work attire; being conscious at all times of the excessive heat generated from welding, burning or from the furnaces in the shop; wearing appropriate face masks due to vehicle fumes and smoke; lifting material and/or equipment weighing approximately 40 pounds; and operating motor vehicles.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. Five years of full-time satisfactory experience as a journeyman/journeywoman metalwork mechanic, blacksmith or welder in fabricating, installing and metalworking plates, structural shapes or other metal components; or

2. At least three years of experience as described in ""1"" above, plus sufficient training of a relevant nature acquired in an approved trade or vocational high school to make up the equivalent of the remaining required experience. Six months of acceptable experience will be credited for each year of approved trade or vocational schooling.

License Requirements

1. A valid Welder's License issued by the New York City Department of Buildings and certified for Class I Shop and Field.

2. A Certificate of Fitness "Type G38" or "Type G95" Torch Use of O-2 Combustion Gas, issued by the New York City Fire Department.

3. A Class C Commercial Driver License with a Hazardous Materials endorsement and no restrictions that would preclude the performance of Metal Work Mechanic duties valid in the State of New York.

Preferred Skills

  • Certified for Class I Shop and Field or a SMAW with A & U and a GMAW with A & U. A GTAW is preferred.
  • Certificate of Fitness Type G60 issued by the New York City Fire Department.

To Apply


Must apply via or city employees apply via Employee Self Services


To Be Determined / 40 Hours Per Week

Work Location


Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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