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Mechanic (Journey Level Mechanic)

AC Transit
$80,516.80 - $89,460.80 Annually
medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, vacation time, paid holidays, sick time, pension
United States, California, Hayward
March 22, 2023
$80,516.80 - $89,460.80 Annually
Hayward or Richmond, CA
Job Type
Regular Full Time
Job Number


AC Transit is currently searching for experienced candidates for the position of Journey Level Mechanic. Mechanics with 4-7 years of automotive experience are welcome to apply; candidates do not need to have diesel mechanic experience, only automotive mechanic experience. The District will train experienced automotive mechanics on diesel and large 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 457 savings plan. AC Transit Journey Level Mechanics have great training opportunities, the ability to learn the latest technologies in bus mechanics and have excellent options for growth into supervisory positions.

The Journey Level Mechanic position diagnoses, inspects, and changes or repairs defective coach components, sub-components, and systems on District vehicles.

****$2,000 SIGN-ON BONUS****To learn more about Becoming a Journey Level Mechanic with AC Transit, please view the link below.

To apply online view the link Careers | Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (actransit.org)

Representative Functions

  • Diagnoses, examines, and investigates vehicles to determine causes of defective operation of engines, transmissions, differential units, generators, starters, pumps, air suspension systems, pneumatic systems, passenger lift assemblies, radiators, injectors, clutches, air conditioning systems, and other vehicle components.
  • Determines proper course of action to facilitate vehicle repair, maintenance, adjustment, and component replacement.
  • Maintains, adjusts, and/or repairs all bus systems, components, and parts including hydraulic and electrical systems, brakes, front ends, and air conditioning systems to ensure the operational fitness of coaches.
  • Performs major overhauls, major tune-ups, and repair to brakes and steering systems.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and repair of all brands of passenger lifts on coaches.
  • Changes windows and seats, and performs minor body repair.
  • Operates buses in order to diagnose component failure, make roadside repairs, or move disabled buses.
  • Operates forklifts, overhead cranes, hydraulic lifts, hoists and jacks, brake lathes, and tugs used for pulling disabled buses.
  • Documents all work performed including record of repairs on driver's defect cards; submits daily lift status reports to supervisor and dispatch; records all repairs logs; and prepares and submits weekly reports to supervisor.
  • Communicates, and consults with District staff from Transportation, Maintenance, and Materials.
  • Performs related duties, as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Training: Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade, plus verified completion of an external two (2) year training program in automotive or heavy-duty truck maintenance and repair from an accredited trade or vocational school. Additional experience as a Mechanic may be substituted for the post 12th grade portion of the educational requirement.

Experience: Four (4) years of recent and verifiable experience as automotive mechanic or a heavy equipment mechanic. Additional experience as a Mechanic may be substituted for the post 12th grade portion of the educational requirement.

Additional Information

Special Requirements :
1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age
2. Must have a clean driving record (you will be asked to submit a DMV "K-4" printout and meet the District's safe driving standards if deemed qualified)
3. If selected for the position, must obtain and maintain a valid California Class A or B commercial Driver License with Air Brake and Passenger Endorsements, and a Medical Certificate
4. Must acquire or possess the tools necessary to perform the duties of the position, including pneumatic, measuring and hand tools, and a rollaway toolbox (an allowance is provided by the District if hired)
5. Must be available to work five (5) consecutive days including Saturday and Sunday and/or holidays; as scheduled
6. Must be available to work any one of three shifts - day, evening, or late; as scheduled
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., or 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.
  • Medical premium reimbursement for eligible retirees
  • 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
  • Five (5) bereavement days
  • 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