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Job Title: Mechanic
Location: Inkster and Troy
State: Michigan
Position Description:

Job ID: OPA06202018

Department: Maintenance 

Starting Pay: $20.07

Union: United Auto Workers (UAW)

Start Date: Immediate

Under general supervision, to perform the full range of automotive and mechanical repair and maintenance tasks to a variety of gasoline and/or diesel fuel powered buses and related vehicles including maintenance of shop equipment.


A mechanic shall be skilled in the following:

  1. All engine repairs and trouble diagnosis.
  2. All transmission repairs and trouble diagnosis.
  3. All electrical repairs and diagnosis.
  4. All air conditioning repairs and diagnosis.
  5. All general body repairs and painting.
  6. All coach suspension and running gear repair.
  7. All welding.
  8. All machinist work.
  9. Repair of shop equipment – related machinist work.
  10. All chassis work. 

Typical Examples of Work Performed          

In-chassis and out-of-chassis engine overhaul, rebuild; inspecting engine components utilizing micrometers, depth gauges and dial indicator.  Rebuilding clutches and overhauling automotive and mechanical transmissions.  Troubleshooting engine and transmission malfunctions; performing stalltests, utilizing testing equipment such as manometers, magnetic gauges, and tachometer.  Overhauling air conditioning compressors, motors, hydraulic units.Troubleshooting electrical circuits, overhauling brakes, steering gear boxes, door controls; using electrical arc or acetylene welding to cut, braze, weld or fashion equipment parts, brackets or braces which may be required to complete a repair; changing differentials, U-joint, spindles, tie rod ends, aligning front end geometry; instructing and overseeing the work of Assistant Mechanics and Mechanic Helper; performing a variety of body work. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education equivalent to completion of eight grades in an elementary school and preferably high school graduation with courses in general shop and automotive repair; reasonable experience in repairing and rebuilding a variety of gasoline and/or diesel fuel powered vehicles or completion of an approved four-year apprenticeship in automotive repair or its equivalent; some ability to weld, braze and cut with electric arc and acetylene torch; reasonable knowledge of the tools, methods, materials and practices used in repairing automotive equipment; some familiarity with mechanical electrical and hydraulic principles as applied to the repair and maintenance of automotive equipment; physical strength and agility; physically and mentally capable of performing all the duties of the classification. 

Employees in this class will be required to provide the tools necessary to perform the work assigned; operate a commercial motor vehicle and must possess a valid Commercial Driver's license (CDL) with proper endorsements. 

Required Qualifications:
Desired Qualifications: OPA06202018 (Mechanic)
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Application Process

Step One

Candidate completes application. Please refer to FAQ’s.

Step Two

Human Resources conducts a criminal background check on all applicants, as well as a driver’s license check if position requires.

Step Three

Bus Operators

In order to be considered for a Bus Operator position you must meet the initial criteria.

  • No suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license within the past 60 months, or currently suspended and/or expired driver’s license.
  • Less than four (4) points on driving record.
  • Five years of experience in driving a motor vehicle.

If all criteria are met, the application process is as follows. Please note that all correspondence is done by mail.

Test – The pre-employment test referred to as the Public Relations Skills Test.

Applicants will be notified by mail one to two weeks prior to the test date. Please note that there is no study material. This test cannot be rescheduled. Failure to appear will disqualify an applicant from going further with the pre-employment process. A score of 70% or better is required to be considered for an interview. Please do not contact us regarding your test score as we are unable to provide that information. Telephone calls concerning test scores will not be accepted.

Interview – The interviews will be scheduled any time between one month and six months from the date of the administration of the Public Relations Skills Test. The applicant will have a one to two week notice prior to the interview. Please do not call to change the date or time of your interview. Please keep in mind that if you are scheduled for an interview, this in no way guarantees you a position with SMART.

Applicants who are interviewed will be notified by mail whether or not they have been accepted into the training program.

Training – The training program lasts eight weeks. It consists of two weeks of classroom training and six weeks of on-the-road training at your assigned terminal location.

Pay Rate – You will be paid during the eight week training period. After successful completion of training, the pay rate will increase in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Coach Service Attendants

A Coach Service Attendant is an entry-level position in the Maintenance Department.

Coach Service Attendants perform service operations; clean all coach interiors, seats, floors, windows and exteriors as required; keep shop and yard areas clean and neat; assist in automotive maintenance; perform minor repairs not classified or skilled such as bulb changing; handle coach change-offs in road calls; clean parts. Minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Valid Michigan Driver’s license
  • No suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license within the past 60 months, or currently suspended and/or expired driver’s license.
  • No more than three (3) points on driving record.
  • Some experience in minor vehicle repair and maintenance.
  • Physical strength and agility; physically and mentally capable of performing all of the duties of the classification.

Mechanical knowledge, aptitude, initiative and resourcefulness; will be required to operate bus and maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the required endorsement and group designation based on the gross vehicle weight.

Other Positions

Persons meeting the criteria for the position will be considered for an interview.