Mechanic Technician (Bus Mechanic)
Minneapolis, MN  / St. Paul, MN 
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Job Description
Mechanic Technician (Bus Mechanic)

$56,742.40 - $66,747.20 Annually

Various in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

Job Type

Metro Transit

Job Number

12/31/2019 11:59 PM Central


We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services.

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Metro Transit is one of the country's largest transit systems, employs more than 3,000 people, and provides more than 80 million rides a year through an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains, as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike in the Twin Cities.

How your work contributes to our organization and the Twin Cities region:

Mechanic Technicians perform, diagnosis, repair, and provide preventive maintenance on Metro Transit buses, cars, trucks, and equipment. They also remanufacture and rebuild components to the manufactures specifications; fabricates/machines/designs parts as needed and provides welding and painting services.

Go Greener! Leading the transit industry in the reduction of diesel exhaust emissions by utilizing alternative propulsion and fuel technologies. Metro Transit operates clean diesel, diesel/electric hybrid, and battery electric propulsion systems.
Advanced Vehicle Technology: Experience in Go Greener technology; help support the first battery-electric New Flyer 60-foot articulated buses in the state. Today's modern buses are the most technologically advanced buses ever, equipped with multiplexing, J1939 CAN communications and electric powered accessories. These advanced technologies require troubleshooting using computer based diagnostic software.

Excellent Facilities: Bus Maintenance facilities offer heated climate control and good lighting. Other facility amenities include vehicle ventilation, vehicle lifts and hoists and fall protection.

Comprehensive Training Program: Employees are trained on all facets of bus maintenance processes, procedures and technologies.

Pay Rate:
1st year = $27.28 / hour
2nd year = $28.88 / hour
3rd year = $30.49 / hour
4th year = $32.09 / hour

An eligibility list will be created to fill current and future openings in 2019. Positions offered will be for second or third shift only.

What you would do in this job

  • Perform troubleshooting, preventive maintenance and repairs of battery-electric buses, cars, trucks, and equipment.
  • Diagnose, inspect, repair, replace, rebuild and adjust electrical, mechanical systems and components.
  • Perform bus changes/service calls; tows buses with service truck.
  • Welds, fabricates, cuts metal, wood and other materials to repair vehicles and equipment.
  • Cleans work areas, buses and equipment using power sweepers and scrubbers, pressure washers, chemicals, soap, and floor dry.
  • Completes miscellaneous shop work (fuels/cleans/sweeps buses, directs traffic, empties trash, fills windshield wash buckets, markups, drives forklift, moves recycling bins, measures fluid tanks using a dip stick, moves buses, drives buses through wash racks, etc.).
  • Operates a forklift as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

Associate Degree or two (2) year college or vocational school program in Diesel Mechanics or related field.


High school diploma/GED and two (2) years of full time professional vehicle troubleshooting and repair experience as a mechanic within the last 10 years.

License Requirements:
Valid Commercial Driver's License - Class A with passenger endorsement and an acceptable driving record.


Ability to obtain a Commercial Driver's License - Class A with passenger endorsement within 14 days of hire through Metro Transit's Instruction Center.

Applicants will need a Combination Vehicle Commercial Learner's Permit with the following endorsements obtained 14 days prior to start date.
  1. Air Brake
  2. General knowledge
  3. Passenger
  • Forklift certification obtained during training following hire.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications)?

  • Associate Degree or two (2) year college or vocational school program in Diesel Mechanics or related field and 1 years' full time professional vehicle troubleshooting and repair experience or 2 years of internship as a mechanic within the last 10 years.OR a High School Diploma/GED and three (3) years full time professional vehicle troubleshooting and repair experience as a mechanic within the last 10 years.
  • Experience driving buses, heavy-duty trucks and other heavy-duty equipment.

What the knowledge, skills and abilities are for this job?

  • Knowledge fleet vehicle maintenance, troubleshooting and repair.
  • Ability to diagnose electrical, drivability and chassis systems issues.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to learn new technologies.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to effectively follow troubleshooting guides in all forms (hard copy, computer software, website).
  • Basic welding and oxygen/acetylene cutting torch skills.
Computer Skills:
  • Ability to use diagnostic computer software and website programs related to diagnosing or troubleshooting electrical problems.
Language Skills:
  • Ability to communicate in English.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to complete work orders and written correspondence.
Human Relation Skills:
  • Promotes an equitable, positive and respectful work environment that values diversity among all employees.
  • Requires tact, courtesy and cooperation in dealings with others.
  • Ability to follow direction and follow Metropolitan Council policies.

What you can expect from us?
  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.

Additional information

Union/Grade: ATU/Wage Class 61
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive: Yes, subject to random DOT drug tests.

What your work environment would be?
Work is performed in a maintenance garage setting. This position may require working in wet or hot, humid non-weather conditions and in high precarious places up to two thirds (2/3) of the time. This position may also require, up to one third (1/3) of the time, working in outdoor weather conditions, extreme cold; risk of electrical shock and work with explosives.

Physical Requirements: This position may require, up to two thirds (2/3) of the time, standing, walking, talking or hearing using hands to finger, handle or feeling and reaching with hands and arms, lifting up to fifty (50) pounds. Two thirds (2/3) or more of time may be used to work near moving parts or equipment in the presence of fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibrations. May also be required to lift more than 100 pounds with assistance.


As a candidate for employment, you will need to demonstrate your basic mechanical knowledge, skills and abilities by performing three (3) individual tests. The tests involve a mechanical hands-on performance test, an electrical circuit diagnostic troubleshooting test, and a written mechanical knowledge-based test.

The mechanical skill test consists of disassembly and assembly of a mechanical system with the use of hand tools and an instruction aid. This test is given to determine if the individual can correctly complete the hands-on task by carefully reading, following and completing each instruction as they are stated in the prepared manual.

The electrical skill test consists of diagnosing a faulty direct current (DC) electrical circuit and/or its components. This test is given to determine if the individual can correctly troubleshoot a defective electrical circuit by using an electrical schematic, and a digital volt-ohm multi-meter (DVOM) to correctly diagnose the fault.

The written knowledge-based test is multiple-choice and given to determine the level of mechanical knowledge the individual candidate has in the following core systems:

* Air brakes
* Internal combustion engines
* Electrical, electronic and electric motors
* Heavy-duty drive train
* Heavy-duty steering and suspension
* Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC)
* Mechanical concepts
* Preventive maintenance

What steps the recruitment process involves?
You must qualify at each of the numbered steps below to be considered a final candidate for the job.
1. We review your minimum qualifications
2. We rate your education and experience
3. We conduct job performance tests
4. We conduct a structured panel interview

Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only) and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and a criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.

IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration. The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please call Human Resources at (612) 349-7071.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
$56,742.40 - $66,747.20 Annual
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
10+ years
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