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Senior Body Mechanic

AC Transit
$41.79 Hourly
medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, vacation time, paid holidays, sick time, pension
United States, California, Richmond
March 11, 2023
$41.79 Hourly
Hayward or Richmond, CA
Job Type
Regular Full Time
Job Number


AC Transit is actively recruiting for the position of Senior Body Mechanic. Under general supervision; the Senior Body Mechanic position inspects and removes, repairs, adjusts and repairs metal, fiberglass, and glass components on buses, and all other types of District vehicles.

This is an excellent opportunity to work for the largest bus agency in California. In addition to working with some of the best in the business, AC Transit also has an excellent benefits package that includes pension, medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending and a 457 savings plan.

Representative Functions

  • Examines and diagnoses damage to metal, plastic, and fiberglass body panels and a variety of parts and components on District vehicles. Determines proper course of action to facilitate vehicle repair, adjustment, and component replacement.
  • Removes, repairs, adjusts, and replaces body panels, doors, seats and flooring, destination signs, and windows.
  • Cuts body panels using plasma arc cutter, and uses oxy-acetylene cutting/welding, and MIG welding equipment to repair and form body panels and other automotive and bus parts.
  • Applies body fillers; sands, and paints, as appropriate.
  • Welds and rivets body parts, as needed.
  • Locates and repairs leaks at seams and beading.
  • Operates forklifts, overhead cranes, hydraulic lifts, hoists and jacks, and tugs used for pulling disabled buses.
  • Communicates and consults with District staff from Transportation, Maintenance, and Materials.
  • Performs related duties, as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: A minimum of one year as a skilled professional Body Repair Mechanic in a body shop specializing in heavy-duty body and fender repair. For INTERNAL CANDIDATES: successful completion of an auto body related certificate of achievement, or equivalent, from an accredited community college, vocational or technical school. Candidates must be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability to safely perform the functions of the job.

Education: Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade.

Additional Requirements: (1) Must pass a performance test of requisite skills, including the use of a plasma cutter, and MIG welding. (2) Must possess or obtain and maintain all tools necessary to perform the functions of the classification. (3) Must pass a physical examination regarding the ability to use a respirator.

Desirable: A Certificate of training in MIG welding and/or ASE certification in automotive body repair. Three (3) years experience as a skilled professional Body Repair Mechanic.

Additional Information

Physical Requirements: Must possess the physical condition necessary to perform the following on a frequent or continual basis: stand, transport oneself from station to station in a large maintenance facility, safely access service bays, sit while reviewing or preparing work orders and other paperwork, bend, squat, stoop, turn, climb, kneel, twist, perform simple and power grasping, push, pull, perform fine hand and finger manipulations, safely lift and carry heavy objects weighing up to seventy (70) lbs., and use appropriate lifting equipment and techniques for heavier items.


The Selection Process: The Human Resources department must receive a completed online application by the filling date. If this recruitment is "Continuous," it may be closed at any time without notice. Applications will be screened for job related qualifications, and those candidates who best meeting the qualifications listed on this Job Announcement will be invited to participate in an examination process that may include written, oral and/or performance segments. Current District employees must have satisfactory attendance and performance records. Finalists will be placed on an Eligibility List. When filling vacancies, the Human Resources Department will refer the top candidates to the hiring department for final screening and recommendation.

Vaccination Requirement for Candidates Seeking Employment: Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has implemented a requirement that requires all candidates for District employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including variants, prior to being employed by the District, subject to limited exceptions. AC Transit adopted this vaccination policy as an emergency public health response to mitigate the negative public health consequences associated with increased incidence and test positivity rates and the prevalence of new virus variants, including increased hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions, and deaths.

As such, candidates seeking District employment will be required to: (1) be fully vaccinated (two weeks after completion of the entire recommended COVID-19 vaccination series) and (2) submit a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card prior to their start date, unless a reasonable accommodation request for a medical or religious exemption has been approved.

Benefits: The transit professionals who call AC Transit home represent the rich cultural diversity of the Bay Area. For more than 60 years, we have been an equal opportunity employer honoring religion, ethnic background, national origin, gender, gender expression, genetic information, disabilities, age, and veteran status. We are not only an inclusive employer but also offer a comprehensive benefits package rooted in choice, flexibility, and affordability. Most benefits are effective the first of the month following your hire date. Employees and eligible dependents have access to the following benefits*:

  • Medical - Choice of two Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs): Kaiser Permanente and Health Net. $10.00 office visit co-pays; $5.00 - $35.00 prescription co-pays.
  • Dental - MetLife Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) $50 annual deductible per person/$150 per family; $3,000 per person annual maximum; preventative care covered at 100%; basic and major care covered at 90%; $4,000 lifetime maximum orthodontia covered at 50%.
  • Vision - Vision Service Plan - $10.00 copay; eligible for an exam, lenses, frames or contact lenses every 12 months - based on the last date of service. $200 frame allowance or $120 allowance for contact lenses.
  • Employer paid Basic Life Insurance
  • Employee paid Voluntary Term Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Retirement - employees automatically participate in a lifetime defined benefit plan and have the option to contribute to a 457 deferred compensation plan via payroll deductions. All employees hired on or after January 1, 2016 may be in the District's Tier II pension plan covered by the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). As such, employee may be required to contribute a small portion of annual income towards the cost of the pension.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health Care, Dependent Care, Parking, Transit
  • AC Transit contributes up to $50.00/month towards an employee's FSA Transit costs
  • Free AC Transit Bus Pass
  • Federal Credit Union
  • Vacation and Sick Leave or Personal Time Off
  • Nine (9) paid holidays; 2 paid floating holidays; 1 paid birthday holiday
  • Tuition Reimbursement - up to $2500 per fiscal year on approved courses
  • Wellness Program

*AC Transit benefits are negotiated and subject to change based on collective bargaining agreements.

Pension: All AC Transit employees participate in a lifetime defined benefit pension. All employees hired on or after January 1, 2016, may be in the District's Tier II pension plan covered by the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). As such, he/she may be required to contribute a small portion of annual income towards the cost of his/hers District pension.

ADA Compliant and Drug Free Workplace: The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. If you have a need for an accommodation, please call Human Resources at (510) 891-4783.

The Alameda Contra Costa Transit District has established the goal of a 100 percent drug and alcohol-free workplace. Applicants will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to employment and those in safety sensitive positions will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing through their period of employment, including random drug and alcohol testing.

In accordance with federal requirements, all job applicants selected for appointments in a safety sensitive position are subject to pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. A final job applicant will be tested for five prohibited drugs: Cocaine, PCP, Amphetamines, Marijuana and Opiates. During employment, employees holding safety sensitive positions are subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. Additionally, in the event of an absence of more than 90 days from a safety sensitive position, pre-employment drug testing will be performed.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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