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Job Title: Assistant Mechanic
Location: All Terminals: Clinton Twp, Inkster, Troy
State: Michigan
Position Description:
Job ID: OPA2015112201 
Department: Maintenance
Starting Pay: $17.53
Union: United Auto Workers (UAW)
Start Date: Immediate
General Summary: Under supervision, to make service repairs to a variety of gasoline and/or diesel fuel powered buses and related vehicles; and/or under immediate supervision to assist in performing the more difficult work involved in general auto repair and maintenance, and to perform related work as required, including shop equipment. Training will be provided for assignments where an individual has not been previously trained or is unfamiliar.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Engine tear down.
  • Engine rebuild with supervision.
  • Transmission tear down.
  • Transmission rebuild with supervision.
  • Air conditioning repairs with supervision.
  • Coach inspection and inspection repairs.
  • All suspension and brake repairs.
  • Road call, tire changes, etc.
  • Repair of shop equipment - related machinist work.
Minimum Requirements: Education equivalent to completion of eight grades in an elementary school and preferable completion of high school with courses in general garage or automotive service station, mechanical aptitude, good powers of observation; physical agility and strength, initiative and resourcefulness in handling repair problems encountered. Physically and mentally capable of performing all the duties of the classification. Required to provide the tools necessary to perform the work assigned. Must possess a valid Michigan driver's license with a good driving record.
 Benefits: The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a generous benefits program. The program provides a variety of benefits for an employee and eligible dependents. 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Paid Vacations 
  • Vision Care 
  • Paid Holidays 
  • Dental Care 
  • Paid Sick Leave 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • MERS Pension Plan 
  • Free Transportation on SMART and DDOT buses 
  • Deferred Compensation Plan 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Credit Union
Required Qualifications:
Desired Qualifications: OPA2015112201 (Assistant 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 – The pay rate during the training period is $12.49 per hour. 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.