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Do you want to put your skills to use?


     Whether you are maintaining a Commonwealth facility, operating a wastewater treatment plant, repairing essential vehicles, or inspecting projects, you are providing critical support to Pennsylvania government operations.  Each day presents a new set of challenges to tackle; each assignment, an opportunity to contribute to improved services for Pennsylvanians.  Be it day-to-day operations, or long term projects, the demand remains strong for qualified individuals in the field of trades and maintenance.

     Commonwealth opportunities provide ample room for career growth and advancement.  Many entry-level positions are stepping stones to fulfilling and rewarding careers.  For example, you can start your journey as an Automotive Mechanic, promote to Automotive Mechanic Supervisor, and later advance to Automotive Equipment Foreman.  Each step along this path comes with additional responsibilities as well as an increase in compensation.  There are a wide variety of paths like this available with the  Commonwealth; you only need to find the one that is right for you.

     With so many facilities statewide, projects utilizing skilled trades are ongoing.  For example, trades employees at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview are converting a program services group room, which involves demolition of the existing building and beginning construction anew.  Employees at the State Correctional Institution at Mercer are renovating an existing building into a dining hall for inmates. Both of these projects highlight the need for carpentry, electrical, plumbing, electronics, and painting.   These are just a few examples of where your talents can be put to work.

     To learn more about these careers, view the online version of our Trades Opportunities with the Commonwealth Brochure.  To browse a list of trades job titles that are currently available for application, visit the Job Seekers listing of currently open Trades and Maintenance examination programs.  Keep in mind that this listing changes as new job titles open and others close, so check back often.

     Similar opportunities may exist in local government agencies, and you may apply for many of these jobs through the State Civil Service Commission.  For more information on these agencies and their needs, refer to the local government section of our website.