Transit Systems 2021-09-30 2021-11-04

Journey Mechanic

Company: Salem Area Mass Transit District dba Cherriots View more listings
Location: Salem, Oregon
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 134014

Diagnoses malfunctions and performs preventative maintenance, repair, and overhaul of various types of transit vehicles and associated equipment.


  • Repair diesel, gasoline, and compressed natural gas (CNG) engines.

  • Diagnose, adjust, repair, and replace integral parts of diesel, gasoline and CNG engines, transmissions, drive shafts, and differentials.

  • Overhaul and test diesel, gasoline and CNG engines to specifications; disassemble, clean, inspect, replace worn or defective parts; recondition sub-components and reassembles.

  • Test and repair automotive and heavy duty bus transmissions to specification; remove and replace transmissions as required.

  • Inspect, test, adjust, repair and replace complete or integral parts of wheelchair lifts, brakes, and steering systems.

  • Inspect, test, and diagnose malfunctions of fuel, electrical, and mechanical systems.

  • Inspect, repair, and adjust bus door operation and air-ride systems.

  • Diagnose and repair various electrical components

  • Provide technical assistance as necessary to other District personnel.

  • Exchange buses and make necessary repairs on road calls.

  • Record work performed, parts used, and time worked.

  • Maintain clean tools and work areas.

  • Follow all safety procedures for work areas and work assignments.

  • Function as a lead worker when assigned by the District.

  • Provide formal training to other maintenance employees as part of the District’s established on-the-job training program.

  • Communicate both orally and in writing, with other employees and the general public, at the level necessary to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

  • Interact with other employees and the general public using courtesy, tact, and good judgment.

  • Act as a positive representative of the District.

  • Work cooperatively with others, be respectful of co-workers, and promote teamwork.

  • Report to work on time and on a regular, predictable basis.
  • Service vehicles by changing oil and oil filters and lubricating chassis.

  • Can perform the functions of a Service Technician

  • Perform routine facility maintenance and repairs.

For diesel vehicles, considerable knowledge and skill in engine fuel and cooling systems; transmission replacement; differential replacement; electrical system repair, including starter and generator replacement; tune-up procedure; steering and suspension system repair; brake reline; wheelchair lift repair; heating and air condition repair; and upholstery repair. Considerable knowledge in electronics operation and reading schematics.
  • Ability to rapidly gain the above knowledge and skills as they apply to CNG vehicles.

  • Ability to assimilate new knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and repair of conventional, CNG, and other alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) as technological changes or advancements occur in the industry.

  • Considerable knowledge of hazards and safety precautions followed in heavy equipment shops.

  • Ability to operate necessary tools and equipment used in servicing and repairing vehicles both safely and effectively.

  • Ability to safely operate a variety of the District vehicles, including 30’ – 35’ – 40’ buses, service trucks, automobiles, and forklift.

  • Ability to rapidly learn electronic controls and functions of bus electrical systems and associated sub-components.

  • Ability to skillfully use laptop computer for diagnostics and trouble shooting.

  • Ability to make arithmetical computations and tabulations quickly and accurately.

  • Ability to perform job functions independently in a timely, safe, and accurate manner.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Oregon Class B commercial driver’s license with passenger and air brake endorsements and a driving record that demonstrates adherence to safety principles and traffic laws and regulations. Must obtain a valid Oregon Class B driver’s permit within 15 days of being placed in this position and must obtain a valid Oregon Class B commercial driver’s license within 30 days of being placed in this position.

  • Valid medical certificate – ability to meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations physical qualifications for commercial drivers.

  • Must have a driving record that demonstrates adherence to safety principles, and traffic laws and regulations.

  • No criminal conviction which may, in the sole judgment of the District, constitute a threat to property or the safety of others.

  • Must have complete set of heavy equipment tools and a roll-away tool box at time of appointment.

High school diploma or GED and three years' vehicular maintenance experience.


Any satisfactory equivalent combination of related experience and training that provides required knowledge, abilities, and skills.

Working conditions typical to a maintenance shop environment with exposure to noise, dust, heat, oil, diesel fuel, and solvents.

Some exposure to all weather conditions.

Subject to varying shift schedules, including call back in emergency situations.

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