Metropolitan Council

Part-Time Bus Operator Weekday and Weeke...

$16.93 - $24.19 Hourly
Mar 05, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
Job Type
Employment Status
Part Time
Metro Transit is currently accepting applications for Part-Time Weekday  and Weekend and Holiday Bus Operators.  
 Weekday: Metro Transit's part-time weekday bus operators receive approximately five (5) weeks of both in-class and on the road training. Operator trainees are paid at the starting wage rate upon their first day of training. Once training is successfully completed, a part-time weekday operator is guaranteed thirty (30) hours of pay per week. Part-time operators work split shifts which include both morning and evening rush hours.

Weekend and Holiday: Metro Transit's part-time weekend and holiday bus operators receive ten (10) to twelve (12) weeks of both in-class and on the road training. Operator trainees are paid at the starting wage rate upon their first day of training. Once training is successfully completed, a part-time weekend operator will work all weekends and holidays.

Note: Full-time bus operator positions are available only to part-time bus operators, in seniority order, based upon application to the Part-Time to Full-Time Seniority pool.

Description:  The bus operator is responsible for the overall safe, timely and effective operation of their bus, which involves pre-trip and post trip inspections, a defensive driving style, and knowledge and adherence to the routes and schedules. The bus operator is also responsible for monitoring the internal and external environment of the bus, utilizing fare tools, anticipating and mediating rider issues, and providing excellent customer service. The bus operator also checks for and maintains safety of the bus in varying traffic and road conditions.

Example Duties
The bus operator is responsible for the safe, timely and effective operation of the bus, including:
    Performing pre-trip bus inspections. Completes inside and outside inspections. Safely operates bus according to pre-determined routes and schedules. Courteously greets all passengers and maintains good customer relations at all times. Collects fares and transfers from passengers. Courteously answers questions concerning fares, schedules, etc. Completes forms and paperwork such as trip sheets and accident/incident reports. Calls out streets while driving. At each layover or end of route, repeats inside and outside inspections. Performs related duties as apparent or assigned.

Minimum Requirements:  Education/Experience
    High school diploma/GED Active licensed driver for the last five (5) years with a good driving record. Minimum three (3) years of verifiable work experience or steady part-time employment which equals three (3) years. Please include in the work history portion of your application your current and/or past employer(s) for the last seven (7) years.  If there are gaps in your work history due to time unemployed, in school, etc., please account for the time in the work history section of  your application.  If you do not account for gaps of employment, your application may be rejected and you will need to reapply at a future opening. Ability to read, write, speak, understand and communicate clearly in English. Ability to bend, stretch and secure a wheelchair with a 4-point lap/shoulder belt. Valid Minnesota or Wisconsin driver’s license or ability to obtain one prior to employment start date.   Three non-expired Commercial Driver License (CDL) Endorsements: General Knowledge, Air Brakes, and Passenger Transport or possess a valid CDL-endorsed driver’s license (Class A or B) with passenger endorsement.
Candidates will be disqualified if their driving record includes any of the following convictions:
      More than two (2) moving violations and/or suspension/withdrawal/revocation of license in the past three (3) years. Any of the following convictions in the past ten (10) years:
        DWI/DUI Careless or reckless driving Inattentive driving Open-bottle Leaving the scene of an accident Committing a felony while operating a motor vehicle Refusing to comply with implied consent  Violating state or local law (other than parking violations) arising in connection with a fatal accident.

Supplemental Information
Union/Grade: ATU/Grade 41
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Safety Sensitive:  Yes

Work Environment:  
Position works both inside and outside in varying weather and environmental conditions. One-third to two-thirds of the time works near moving parts or equipment, vibrations and around toxic or caustic chemicals and fumes or airborne particles. Typical noise level for this position is loud.

Physical Requirements:  
Regularly required to sit for long periods, stand/walk occasionally, speak using a two-way radio, hear normal conversations over a two-way radio, reach with hands/arms frequently below chest height, and bend, stretch and secure wheelchairs with a 4-point lap/shoulder belt.  Occasionally reach overhead and lift/carry/push/pull up to 50 pounds. Must have adequate close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Selection Process Candidates will be ranked on an eligibility list according to: Training and experience rating Bus Operator skill assessment* (customer service, driving and map reading) Oral Exam  * Assessment testing will be held for candidates who have passed the training and experience rating.  Candidates will be invited via e-mail. 

 If you have already taken the skills assessment tests under this job number (2012-00112) and you did not earn a high enough combined score to advance, or you participated in the oral exam for this job number and were not placed on the eligibility list, you will need to reapply for this position when it is posted under a new job number.  

All employment offers are conditional upon review and verification of education and employment, as well as passing a pre-employment or transfer drug screen and/or physical.

Offers are also conditional upon passing a criminal background check.  Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are: safety sensitive, supervisory/managerial, are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources, or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, or transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment.  Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought.  However, making false statements or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause you to be barred from employment or removed from employment.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at 612/349-7558. 

To check the status of your application through the recruitment process, please visit the following website 

Applications placed on an eligibility list may expire six months or earlier from date of closing,or when a new part-time bus operator job announcement under a different job number is placed on the website.

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