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Title: Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor
Company: Salem Area Mass Transit District dba Cherriots
Location: Salem, Oregon
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 133139
Under the general direction of the Maintenance Manager, this position performs a wide variety of duties of more than average complexity providing first line supervision of employees responsible for the repair and maintenance of the District vehicles and equipment.

  • Supervises a team of maintenance employees: provides necessary training; monitors performance to assure compliance with the District policies and procedures and maintenance standards and practices; provides recognition for good work; provides corrective counseling as needed; conducts performance evaluations; administers discipline; and recommends terminating if necessary.

  • Oversees and assists when necessary in the diagnosis, maintenance and repair of the District vehicles and equipment.

  • Schedules buses each day for repairs, conducts preventive maintenance inspections, cleaning, tire work, and special events.

  • Compiles and updates various computerized records (e.g., work orders, repair records, maintenance records, fueling records, and road calls); prepares various reports as needed.

  • Estimates accident damage or coordinates with outside body shops for estimates.

  • Investigates and documents employee or customer complaints regarding the District vehicles or equipment; resolves or provides guidance toward resolution of problem situations.

  • Participates in the screening and selection process for maintenance employees; recommends new hires.

  • Participates in the Maintenance Department budget preparation process; submits recommendations for reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

  • Assists in establishing departmental safety and security procedures and enforces these procedures to reduce or minimize departmental safety and security risks.

  • Provides assistance and supports to Maintenance Manager as needed by working on special projects or committee assignments.

  • Extensive knowledge of gasoline and diesel maintenance and repair, shop safety practices, and federal and state regulations affecting vehicle maintenance and safety. Ability to rapidly gain considerable knowledge, through on-the-job training, of compressed natural gas engine and fueling systems maintenance and repair.

  • Considerable knowledge of administrative and supervisory practices.

  • Considerable skill in leading and working constructively with subordinate staff, and effectively supervising staff.

  • Ability to communicate complex subjects and sensitive information, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise, and logical manner.

  • Ability to Interact with other employees and the general public using courtesy, tact, and good judgment and act as a positive representative of the District.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with others; be respectful of co-workers; promote teamwork.

  • Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data and recommend sound policies and practices based on that data.

  • Ability to maintain confidential information.

  • Ability to be self-starting and proactive.

  • Ability to produce quality work while meeting time and budget commitments.

  • Ability to perform the job functions in a safe manner.

  • Considerable skill in using personal computers and Window based word processing applications. Ability to learn fleet maintenance software.

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.

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

College level course work or training in diesel mechanics and four years of experience as a diesel mechanic, including two years of experience in a supervisory capacity


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

  • Incumbent will work both indoors and outdoors - on occasion there is direct exposure to all weather conditions.

  • Exposure to noise, dust, heat, oil, diesel fuel, and solvents.

  • Must drive frequently to perform essential functions of the position.

  • Must travel occasionally to attend meetings and conferences.

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


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