Transit Mechanic I/II

City of Santa Monica/Big Blue Bus Published: August 5, 2019
Santa Monica, California
Job Type


Job Description:  Diagnoses, troubleshoots and performs repairs on a variety of buses, emergency vehicles, City vehicles, and shop equipment.  Performs preventive maintenance on vehicles, buses, and various heavy duty equipment.

Job Duties / Responsibilities:

Note: Job duties may vary depending on assignment.

Performs routine and periodic preventive maintenance inspections on vehicles and equipment. Conducts vehicle safety inspections, quality control inspections and replaces defective parts and components.

Performs repairs on a variety of gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and alternative fuel-powered (Liquefied Natural Gas and Compress Natural Gas) buses, emergency vehicles, shop equipment and other City vehicles.

Inspects, diagnoses, repairs, overhauls and installs electrical systems, fuel systems, hydraulic systems, cooling systems, suspension systems, steering systems, ignition, emission, and pneumatic, mechanical and related vehicle computerized systems.

Troubleshoots, repairs, rebuilds and performs preventive maintenance on major bus components including engines, transmissions, fuels systems, differentials, air conditioning systems, compressors, wheelchair lifts/ramps, high-voltage systems, multiplex electrical systems, electronics, battery electric propulsion systems and various electrical parts.

Repairs and overhauls brakes systems, cuts brake drums and arcs brake lining to fit drums per Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) standards.

Replaces hoses, belts, electrical wiring and harnesses, batteries, tires and performs tune-ups and oil, filter and fluid changes.

Replaces a variety of interior and exterior body parts, including bumpers, glass, window systems, door systems, wheelchair ramps, fareboxes, bicycle racks and body panels, bus flooring, seating systems, and ADA related passenger related amenities.

Repairs and paints both internal and exterior body panels.

Performs bus exchanges and road calls.  Performs repairs on vehicles in the field, as required.

Completes vehicle service requests, lists work performed on work order forms both on paper and electronic systems, and indicates additional repairs, if needed.

Maintains paper and electronic records of repairs and maintenance.

Performs bumper-to-bumper repairs on various emergency vehicles, as assigned.  Troubleshoots and repairs fire apparatus including pumps, valves, controls, piping, hydraulic and electrical systems.

Performs cutting and welding.  Fabricates and installs a variety of parts and equipment.

Ensures that complete chassis, engines and components are pressure-washed and shop work areas are cleaned in accordance with mechanic shop standards.

Follows applicable safety rules and regulations.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Job Qualifications:


Level I:  Graduation from high school or the equivalent.  Two years of recent, paid work experience performing mechanic work which has included troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of vehicles and/or equipment.  An Associate's degree or 60 semester units of college level or vocational school coursework in automotive technology or a closely related field may substitute for one year of the required work experience.

After one year of current, paid work experience with the City of Santa Monica, a Transit Mechanic I may be promoted to a Transit Mechanic II upon meeting the minimum qualifications of the Transit Mechanic II and with the recommendation of the appointing authority.

Level II:  Graduation from high school or the equivalent.  Five years of recent, paid, journey-level work experience performing mechanical maintenance and repair of buses, trucks, and heavy duty vehicles and equipment.  One year of the recent, paid work experience in alternative fuel engines, such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), hybrid and electrical propulsion system is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates:

Level I:  Possession of a valid class C driver license.  Must obtain a class B commercial driver license or permit with appropriate medical certification prior to the first day of hire.  Must obtain a valid class B driver license with passenger and airbrake endorsements within six months from date of hire.

Level II:  Possession of a valid class B driver license with passenger and airbrake endorsements.  Possession of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification as a Master Transit Bus Technician (Tests H1-H8) is desirable. Possession of ASE certification in Alternate Fuels (Test F1) is desirable.


  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance
  • Public Employees Retirement System (PERS Pension Plan)
  • Dependent Care Assistance Plan and Marine Park Childcare Center

How to Apply:  For additional qualifying requirements and information about the position, please visit the City of Santa Monica - Human Resources web site at:




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