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Thruway Maintenance Worker (TMW) and Thruway Maintenance Worker (TMW) Trainee

The New York State Thruway Authority is seeking to fill Thruway Maintenance Worker (TMW) and TMW Trainee positions at various locations in the four Divisions – New York, Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo.  Please read the qualifications below for EACH level.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, please print and complete our employment application above, indicating which level position you are applying for, and return to the appropriate staffing representative for your desired location(s) listed below. You may contact the designated staffing representative(s) if you have any questions.

Minimum Qualifications:  Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and meet the minimum qualifications for appointment to either the TMW Trainee 1, 2, or 3 as described below:

  • Thruway Maintenance Worker Trainee 1 Level:
    Possession of a valid NYS Commercial Driver License Class B Permit with tank endorsement and no air brake restriction.

  • Thruway Maintenance Worker Trainee 2 Level:
    1. One year as a Thruway Maintenance Worker Trainee 1; OR
    2. Possession of a Commercial Driver License Class B with tank endorsement and no air brake restriction and six months of experience operating construction equipment and vehicles and twelve months of experience in carpentry, masonry, welding, ironwork, or other trade related to bridge construction or repair; OR
    3. A valid Commercial Driver License Class B with tank endorsement and no air brake restriction and eighteen months of experience operating construction equipment and vehicles.
  • Thruway Maintenance Worker Trainee 3 Level:
    1. One year as a Thruway Maintenance Worker Trainee 2; OR
    2. Possession of a Commercial Driver License Class B with tank endorsement and no air brake restriction; AND
      Twelve months of experience in operating construction equipment and vehicles; AND
    3. Eighteen months of experience in carpentry, masonry, welding, ironwork, or other trade related to bridge construction or repair.
  • Journey-Level Thruway Maintenance Worker:
    1. Satisfactory completion of a three year Thruway Maintenance Worker Traineeship; OR
    2. Possession of a New York State Commercial Driver License Class B with tank endorsement and no air brake restriction; AND
      One year of experience operating construction equipment and vehicles;

      AND
      EITHER

      - Two years of experience in carpentry, masonry, ironwork, welding, or other trade related to bridge construction or repair; OR

      - Training received through completion of a two year technical school course in carpentry, masonry, welding, ironwork, or other trade related to bridge construction or repair; OR

      - Completion of a high school technical course in carpentry, masonry, welding, ironwork, or other trade related to bridge construction or repair and 12 months of experience in bridge construction or repair.

Duties Description:  The Thruway Maintenance Worker (TMW) and TMW trainees, under the supervision of Thruway Maintenance Supervisors 1 or 2 or journey-level trades workers, works alone or as a member of a team performing maintenance, repair, improvement and reconstruction of pavements, shoulders, medians, right-of-way, facilities, ramps, interchanges, bridges, culverts, water control and other structures, appurtenances and retaining walls.  TMWs perform snow and ice control activities; operate and perform maintenance and minor repairs on a variety of self-propelled pneumatic and other equipment; and may serve as a team leader and provide guidance and instruction to others.

Duties require medium to heavy physical effort, shift work, call outs, scheduled and unscheduled overtime, exposure to adverse weather conditions, standing for prolonged periods of time, working in non-permit required confined spaces and at high levels, and use of personal safety equipment, including respirators.

Additional Comments:  These positions belong to the Teamster's Negotiating Unit. Ability to work overtime is a requirement, particularly during the winter maintenance season.  Shift work is mandatory during certain times of the year.  The hourly hiring rates for each level traineeship are listed below:

TMW TR. 1
$13.93
$16.63*

TMW TR. 2
$15.51
$18.21*

TMW TR. 3
$16.97
$19.66*

Journey Level
$18.36
$21.08*

*=Increased rates for NY Div (Westchester & Rockland Counties only)

Download Employment Application/Personal Information Record PDF 

This application must be printed and mailed. Data will not transfer if this form is attached to an e-mail.

Please contact the office below in the area closest to your employment preference.

  • Albany Division (Counties:  Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Ulster):
    Phone:  518-471-4486
    Fax:  518-436-2932
    E-mail:  albrecruiter@thruway.ny.gov
    Mail:  P.O. Box 189, Albany, NY 12201

  • Buffalo Division (Counties:  Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans):
    Phone:  716-631-9017
    Fax:  716-626-1328
    E-mail: buffrecruiter@thruway.ny.gov
    Mail:  455 Cayuga Road, Suite 800, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

  • NY Division (Counties:  Orange, Rockland, Westchester):
    Phone:  845-918-2533
    Fax:  845-918-2596
    E-mail: nyrecruiter@thruway.ny.gov
    Mail:  4 Executive Blvd., Suffern, NY 10901

  • Syracuse Division (Counties:  Cayuga, Onondaga, Ontario, Seneca):
    Phone:  315-438-2339
    Fax:  315-461-0765
    E-mail: syrrecruiter@thruway.ny.gov
    Mail:  Suite 250 2nd Floor, 290 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool, NY 13088