Job Summary: Perform apprentice or journeyman level work in the repair, service and maintenance of school buses and related vehicular equipment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assists in diagnosis and repair of mechanical, electrical and engine defects in school buses and other automotive equipment.
- Inspects buses and transportation equipment for the purpose of ensuring it is in a safe operating condition.
- Maintains tools and/or equipment for the purpose of ensuring the availability of equipment in a safe operating condition.
- Performs tire work (e.g. changing, balancing, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring all buses and equipment are operating on safe tires.
- Responds to emergency situations (e.g. drives wrecker to tow in disabled bus, etc.) for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
- Services buses and transportation equipment for the purpose of ensuring it is maintained in a safe operating condition and scheduled preventative maintenance is performed.
- Substitutes for bus drivers when needed for the purpose of ensuring a qualified person is able to run the bus on the route.
- Trains mechanic helpers for the purpose of helping them learn the correct and safe way to repair and maintain vehicles.
- Overhauls, repairs, rebuilds or replaces differentials, brake systems and other major components under supervision.
- Rebuilds engines and transmissions by repair or replacement within capabilities under supervision.
- Repairs alternators and other electrical components utilizing testing devises and machine equipment as required.
- Performs general tune-ups on all related vehicular equipment under supervision.
- Makes minor roadside repairs as required or conveys information to shop supervisor.
- Repairs and replaces seats, glass, sheet metal, latches, and other body components and assemblies.
- Assists or repairs, fill and paint, within capabilities, damaged body components.
- Changes oil and filters, installs anti-freeze and snow chains, adjusts brakes, lubricates chassis, wheel bearings and other assemblies, including washing and cleaning of all engines and major components.
- Performs all required preventive maintenance and regular bus safety inspections.
- Cleans and organizes shop and other maintenance facilities.
- Operates battery chargers, compression gauges, torque wrenches, welding equipment with capabilities, grinders, timing lights, hoists, jacks, porta-power, pump, compressors, drilling presses, air wrenches and other tools, equipment and machines required for repair and maintenance of motor vehicles.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
Education & Experience: High school graduation or equivalent and two to four years’ experience on a heavy-duty truck or bus shop facility.
Allowable Substitution: Alternative combinations of technical training and work experience will be evaluated by the Personnel Office for comparability.
Knowledge, Skills & Ability
- Knowledge and experience of automotive equipment.
- Ability to perform preventive maintenance procedures, either alone or under direct supervision.
- Ability to help troubleshoot equipment problems.
- Ability to operate various tools and equipment as required.
- Ability to lift heavy objects.
- Knowledge and experience in maintenance and repair procedures.
- Knowledge of safety requirements.
- Ability to read and comprehend technical manuals.
- Ability to make repairs as required.
- Ability to assist in replacing major assemblies and components under direct supervision.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Licenses/Special Requirements: Valid Virginia State Driver's License with an Intermediate or Combination endorsement (commercial driver's license required). Possess a set of basic automotive mechanic hand tools and storage cabinet.