Mechanic – ATA Bus: Made for Manhattan

The mission of vehicle maintenance is to provide our drivers and riders with the confidence that our transit vehicles are safe, dependable, and clean and provide transportation in a timely, cost effective, environmentally sensitive manner, with a work force that values teamwork, communication and diversity.

Under general direction of the Director of Operations, the mechanic will under limited supervision, perform work of considerable difficulty in the repair and maintenance of vehicles and equipment; performs other related work as assigned. Fleet maintenance includes general vehicle maintenance functions such as oil changes, changing and replacing tires, replacing brakes, replacing light bulbs, replacing wiper blades, replenishing fluids (as necessary), and performing other repairs as assigned such as some field service/repair work. Must have the ability to diagnose and repair fleet vehicles that have become disabled.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Employee must be available during the “core” work hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a minimum of 40 hours and occasional over-time may be required as projects arise. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


Maintenance Functions

Essential duties includes skilled work involving the maintenance of buses or related components, including: general vehicle maintenance functions, oil changes, brake repairs and changes, gasoline engine tune ups, changing and replacing tires, replacing light bulbs, replacing wiper blades, replenishing fluids (as necessary), services transmissions and rear axles, steering components and chassis, repairs and replaces mufflers, tailpipes, and other exhaust components, and performing other repairs as assigned such as some field service/repair work.
Performs routine, scheduled and preventative maintenance inspections and requirement repairs to the Agency’s fleet vehicles according to the Agency’s standards of operations which include compliance with federal and state mandates. Carry out the Agency’s Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) schedules, and ensure complete preventative maintenance is performed according to the schedules.
Perform road calls and may work after hours, if needed to diagnose malfunctions and perform vehicles repairs including steering, electrical, cooling brakes systems, drive trains, suspension, transmissions, etc.
Repair and maintain auxiliary systems and equipment on the buses, such as bike racks, signs, fare collections, cameras, and lift operations.
May assist with general building and grounds (mowing/snow removal) maintenance, custodial, and other duties as necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the transit facility. Secure, maintain and ensure the safe operation of maintenance equipment, maintenance bays, and all mechanical systems in the facility.
The position has no direct supervisory responsibilities, but could potentially serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department. However, there may be times they are asked act as a lead person in the supervisor’s absence.
Contribute to the performance of the Agency’s best practice maintenance vision, by providing quality maintenance work through following the maintenance policies, and procedures to aid and improve operational performance. Contributes thoughts and recommendations regarding the Agency’s policies and procedures to continually improve efficiency of the maintenance department.
Communicate effectively with drivers to assist in processing and resolution of all pre and post trip driver reports. This includes working with drivers to assist in diagnosis of vehicle problems while in their route and determining if a bus is deemed unsafe to be in service.
Communicate effectively with dispatch and drivers on the vehicle maintenance schedules when vehicles are pulled for repairs and preventative maintenance. Provide a customer service oriented approach to communication with dispatch and drivers.
Maintain records of completed repairs, time worked and materials used. Enter and extract data in automated vehicle maintenance system.
Serve as a back-up at times for bus cleaning and washing.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions. The noise level in the work environment can be loud.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Minimum Qualifications:

High School/GED diploma required.
2-3 years of relevant hands on experience with light, medium or heavy-duty vehicle maintenance. The required experience can be substituted by one year on the job training plus a two-year training degree.
Must be able to obtain an ASE Certifications for brakes, suspension, auto maintenance and light repair within the first 90 days of employment.
Must have a clean, valid Kansas Driver’s License. Must be able to obtain a CDL class C with Passenger Endorsement within the first 90 days of employment. Employer will provide training to obtain if necessary.
Regular attendance and performance of duties as assigned are required of this position.
Must be able to pass background screening, pre-employment drug screening, and pre-employment physical capacity test and DOT physical.
Must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States (upon hiring).
Basic computer skills to include minimal knowledge of and experience of using computers and related technology.
Travel requirement (as a percent): <5% for occasion pick-up of vehicle parts, or transporting a vehicle off-site for maintenance and transporting vehicle from offsite locations back to the facility, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

1 year of maintenance experience in a public transportation environment
ASE Certifications for brakes, suspension, auto maintenance and light repair
ASE Certification in Transit Bus, School Bus or Medium/Heavy Duty truck a plus
Knowledge of mechanical principles of gasoline, diesel engines; fluid, pneumatic and hydraulic systems; power train, suspension, and chassis components and assemblies; and electrical, ignition, braking, heating and air conditioning systems
Knowledge of installation, maintenance and repair of auxiliary systems, equipment and electronics including fare collection, communication, surveillance and related components

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of current diagnostic techniques and equipment used in fleet repair operations.
Competent in problem solving.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Must have strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated confidentiality, and strong organizational skills.
Knowledge of maintenance facility laws/regulations associated with safety and applicable laws/regulations and procedures that apply to vehicles and repair facility.
Ability to interpret and apply City, County, State, and Federal regulations.
Ability to coordinate multiple tasks concurrently.
Willing to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the business.
Embraces personal challenge.
Is self-aware, resilient, optimistic and open to change.
Focused and target driven with a positive, can-do attitude.
Demonstrated reading, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills necessary to complete required paperwork and written documentation.
A collaborative and flexible style with a strong customer service mentality committed to lifelong learning.
Requires ability to research wide range of problems that are presented; requires ability to obtain the knowledge and understanding of current FHATA policies and procedures.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Compensation is $21-$23/hour. Complete application at

Listing expires on Thursday September 9th, 2021