TriMet, also known as Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, is planning on the addition of 200 more buses. Already, there are 690 buses. As the company increases its number of buses, there will be a larger need for mechanics.
This need for more mechanics is a great opportunity for those who are looking for work. TriMet is starting new employees off at $32.32 an hour, and the job is a union job. TriMet provides plenty of great benefits for employees and their families, including dental insurance, health insurance, paid time off, life insurance and a pension plan. Some people who have worked in the transit field for many years say that working in one city, in a way, kind of qualifies you to work in other cities.
Applicants do not need college degrees, though certain criteria must be met. Here are the requirements: 2 years of training from an accredited school in power systems and training technology, at least five years of heavy duty diesel mechanic experience, a CDL license (with a passenger endorsement) and an Oregon driver’s license.
This is good for people who have attended trade school, as well as people who have served in a motor pool in the military.
TriMet mechanics are constantly working to make sure that the buses are in top condition. They work in three 8-hour shifts. Mechanics are always working on the buses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days a year.
The job of maintaining the buses includes preventative maintenance, electrical work, brake work, engine tune-ups, engine overhauls and inspections. Inspections are the most important part of maintenance because they show whether or not there are problems with vehicles.
TriMet is asking people to submit applications online.