Bus Mechanic – Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

CTA   Chicago , IL   Full-time     Mechanic/Technician
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Posted on February 9, 2021

Bus Mechanic – Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)


Under direct supervision, performs comprehensive maintenance and repair work on Authority buses. 

Salary $29.82/hour


  • Performs troubleshooting, diagnosis, repair, and maintenance work on various bus systems and components.
  • Inspects, aligns, replaces, adjusts, and repairs various bus components and systems.
  • Uses instruments and gauges, including computers, to test and determine causative factors of component or system malfunctions or failures.
  • Performs various tasks in regards to the preventative maintenance of transit bus vehicles, systems, and components.
  • Receives, records, and verifies work repair data, as required, into the MMIS.
  • Prepares written reports, as required, and performs administrative functions relative to vehicle repair documentation.
  • May perform vehicle servicing/cleanliness functions on revenue and non-revenue vehicles as required.
  • Operates buses and other Authority vehicles in and around bus shop/garage areas and along public right-of-way.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must possess a minimum of two (2) years of verifiable work experience in automotive, truck, or bus repair and maintenance, or applicable military experience, or a combination of education and experience relating to this position. Possession of a certificate/diploma in medium/heavy duty or diesel engine vehicle repair from an accredited trade/vocational school or college will count as verifiable experience.
  • Required to submit to and pass drug and alcohol testing as mandated by the Federal Transportation Administration.
  • Required to have an acceptable driving record and a valid State of Illinois Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or a valid State of Illinois CDL permit with Knowledge and Air Brakes endorsements.
  • Must pass a mechanics practical test that includes both a physical and a written performance test prior to hire.
  • Must obtain forklift certification, as required by OSHA, through the CTA Bus Maintenance Training Department.
  • EPA 608 Certification in refrigerant handling and recycling is a plus.
  • ASE Transit Bus or Medium/Heavy Truck Certifications is a plus.
  • Must be willing to accept the job related responsibility and accountability that this position requires.


  • Must meet and maintain physical requirements in order to safely perform all job duties and tasks.
  • Must have the strength to stand for extended periods of time when inspecting buses and making repairs and adjustments.
  • Must be able to walk to various areas of the bay to retrieve parts and spot check buses.
  • Must be able to lift and carry parts, equipment, and materials weighing up to 100 pounds including: fire extinguishers, tire assemblies, barrels of oil, fuel tank drain pans, and various bus parts and components.
  • Must be able to climb approved ladders and scaffolds and maintain balance when working atop bus roofs.
  • Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl when repairing bus floors, walls, etc., and when working underneath buses and in hard to reach spaces.
  • Must be able to reach for tools and parts while working on buses.
  • Requires manual dexterity for making repairs and adjustments on equipment.
  • Requires visual acumen and the ability to see in and distinguish colors.
  • Must be able to hear verbal instructions, announcements, alarms, and horns.


  • Working knowledge of the operations of truck and bus automatic transmissions and various types of rear axle configurations.
  • Working knowledgeable of shop theory, operation, and methods and procedures used in the repair and analysis of bus and truck propulsion, steering, and “s” cam air brake systems.
  • Working knowledgeable of the correct use of hand and power tools including mechanic tools used in the repair of diesel, gasoline, and alternative fuel engines, transmissions, air conditioning systems, steering systems, air brake systems, and various other vehicle components.
  • Working knowledge of the operations of diesel, gasoline, and alternative fuel engines.
  • Working knowledge of the safety, environmental, and hazardous issues and concerns involved in working in bus garage/shop areas.
  • Basic knowledge of the principles, theories, functions and inter-relationships of the various vehicle systems and components i.e. electrical/electronic, mechanical, and air conditioning.
  • Good oral and written communications skills.
  • Basic math skills related to the duties of the position.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to operate Authority revenue and non-revenue vehicles in and around bus garage/shop areas and on and along public right-of-way.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and understand diagrams, schematics, blueprints, sketches, bulletins, and procedures.
  • Ability to use pertinent test equipment including computers, gauges, and various types of hand held, mechanical and electronic testing or diagnostic equipment.


  • Subject to the results of Bus Maintenance Garage and System Picks as scheduled.
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions including: extreme hot and cold, humidity and dampness, and noise and vibration.
  • Exposed to various mechanical, atmospheric, and chemical hazards.


  • Various lifting and hoisting equipment used in raising and lowering vehicles.
  • Computers.


Additional Details 
Rate to be determined by applicant's entered service date and service date in union jurisdiction of this classification.


No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, unfavorable military discharge, disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws; except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for our workforce and supporting the communities we serve. CTA will make reasonable accommodations for the known disabilities of otherwise qualified applicants for employment as well as its employees, unless undue hardship would result. If you require an accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact arc@transitchicago.com prior to the submission of your application or upon notification of your actual test date. CTA will work with you to determine if an accommodation can be provided.