BUS OPERATOR IN TRAINING
Company: City of Greenville
Posted on: November 19, 2020
BUS OPERATOR IN TRAINING - 0520 Salary $15.00 Hourly Location
100 W. McBee Street - Greenville, SC Job Type Full Time Department
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Job Number 00441 Division TRANSIT OPERATIONS
Closing 11/27/2020 11:59 PM Eastern Job Description Brief
Description of the Job
This is an entry-level trainee position intended for individuals
with no, to less than a year of, professional driving experience.
Individuals already in possession of a South Carolina Class B
Commercial Drivers License (CDL) will complete a 6-week training
program including both classroom and hands-on training intended to
provide the essential skills and knowledge required to operate a
transit bus safely and independently upon program completion.
Individuals who do not already possess a CDL will undergo
additional training for a total of 12 weeks and will be required to
obtain a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) within 3 weeks of hire
and the CDL license within 8 weeks of hire.
The purpose of this position is to develop and prepare trainees for
promotion to Bus Operator. To successfully complete the program,
trainees must demonstrate proficiency and understanding in the
following areas: Federal, State, City, and department rules and
regulations; inspections, reports and documentation; bus and
passenger safety; customer service; routes and directions; and
driving. Failure to demonstrate proficiency and understating in all
areas at designated evaluation points will result in removal from
the training program.
Job Duties Essential Functions
Obtain CDL License: Complete CDL training program, to include
classroom study and hands-on driving instruction. Must test and
successfully pass Commercial License Permit (CLP) exam within 3
weeks of hire. Must test and successfully obtain CDL within 8 weeks
Complete Bus Operator Training Program:
- Rules and Regulations: Receive department orientation and
review of all department and City policies and procedures. Study
and acquire knowledge of all Federal and State traffic laws and
regulations pertaining to operating a transit vehicle.
- Inspections, Reports, and Documentation: Learn the requirements
of conducting pre and post trip inspections to include making sure
all equipment is in proper working order. Receive hands-on
instruction in checking tire pressure, fluid levels, safety
equipment, gauges, steering controls, accelerator and brake pedals,
horn, wipers, lights, mirrors, etc. Learn the guidelines for
completing and submitting accident and incident reports.
- Bus and Passenger Safety: Learn requirements for assisting
passengers on and off of transit vehicles both during regular and
emergency operations. Train in proper operation of wheelchair
lifts, as well as, how to safely secure wheelchairs and scooters.
Train in emergency response procedures, including emergency
roadside evacuations and the use of safety equipment to include
fire extinguishers, reflective triangles, and first aid kits. Learn
emergency management techniques for extraordinary circumstances one
may encounter in the course of performing job functions including,
collisions, mechanical failures, passenger emergencies, threats of
violence, and natural disasters. Actively participate in the
reporting of safety issues and concerns that are observed during
the course of essential job functions.
- Customer Service: Review current fare structure and bus pass
programs. Receive hands-on training in the utilization and
troubleshooting of cash and electronic fare collection systems.
Learn de-escalation techniques for passengers behaving in an
offensive or destructive manner. Receive training in tactful and
courteous interactions with passengers and the public.
- Route Familiarization: Develop and maintain working knowledge
of city streets, current bus routes and stops within the County.
Receive hands-on training in effectively utilizing the Automated
Vehicle Location (AVL) system to program destination signs, enable
on-board stop announcements, and capture on-time performance data,
utilizing paddles, manifests and other information, to follow
routes and meet time points. Utilize communication system to
contact dispatch and report current position and conditions,
receive accident and incident information, and coordinate
- Driving Instruction: Learn and perform defensive driving
techniques for urban and rural driving that include, but are not
limited to, mirror usage and scanning techniques, monitoring blind
spots, proper following distance, and safe acceleration and braking
techniques. Learn and perform advanced maneuver techniques for
driving a Class B transit vehicle that include turning, parallel
parking, alley docking, off-set backing, and straight-line backing.
Receive hands-on training in operating transit vehicles in a
variety of weather and road conditions.
Operate Bus on Regularly Scheduled Route(s): Under supervision,
fully operate passenger bus on regularly scheduled routes through
light to heavy City traffic, for the purpose of carrying passengers
in a safe manner and in accordance with the City, County, State,
and Federal laws, as well as City rules and policies. In
performance of all Bus Operator essential functions, demonstrate
proficiency and understanding of all training material. Collect
fares, assist ADA passengers as needed while safely performing
operation procedures. Monitors bus, weather conditions, and safety
of passengers. Actively participate in the reporting of safety
issues and concerns that are observed during the course of
essential job functions.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Job Requirements
Formal Education: High school diploma or equivalent is
Experience: Must have at least 6 months of work experience
involving customer service or public contact. Prior professional
driving experience preferred.
Drivers License Required: Must have a South Carolina Class D
drivers license. Must have or obtain a South Carolina Class B
Commercial Learners Permit within 3 weeks of hire and CDL with
passenger endorsement within 8 weeks of hire.
Certifications and Other Requirements: Must obtain a DOT Medical
Examiners Certificate prior to starting the program and retain for
duration of employment. Three-year motor vehicle record must meet
the standards of City policy.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required by Program Completion
- The safe operation of a public transit bus, including complete
familiarization with its systems and safety features
- Traffic rules, regulations and laws and procedures for the safe
operation of a transit bus, and the ability to operate a transit
bus in a safe manner
- Geography and roadways of an assigned route and of the entire
- Operate a motor vehicle safely.
- Operate vehicle radio, Mobile Data Terminal (MDT), AVL system,
and fare collection systems.
- Operate and/or utilize all standard safety equipment installed
in transit passenger vehicles, including; safety harnesses,
restraints, and any other equipment required by federal, state, or
- Conduct and document pre and post trip inspections
- Read and understand maps and schedules
- Read, understand and follow rules and regulations, vehicle
operating procedures, vehicle laws, and written and oral
- Maintain effective working relationships and deal courteously
and effectively with the public, fellow employees, and
- Be able to work without immediate supervision in the field
after completion of the initial training period
- Prepare accident and incident reports
- Maintain simple records and make basic math calculations
- Operate a wheelchair ramp and assist passengers with
- Handle confrontational passengers effectively
- Be punctual and maintain regular, predictable attendance
- Be available to work a flexible schedule that includes nights,
weekends, holidays, working split shifts, and a reasonable amount
Primary Work Location: Shop, vehicle, and outdoors (roadways).
Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Occasional exposure to
unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards. Occasional
outside work. Daily exposure to extreme temperature, wetness and/or
humidity, respiratory hazards, noise and vibration, and physical
hazards. Constant exposure to fire hazards, communicable diseases,
and physical danger or abuse. Frequent exposure to mechanical
hazards. Occasional exposure to chemical hazards and electrical
Protective Equipment Required: Seatbelt and safety vest.
Physical Demands: Light strength demands include exerting up to 20
pounds occasionally, 10 pounds frequently, or negligible amounts
constantly AND/OR walking or standing to a significant degree.
Continuously requires sitting, handling, vision, foot controls,
balancing, hearing, and talking. Frequently requires kneeling and
bending. Occasionally requires standing, walking, reaching,
crouching, and twisting.
Mental Demands: Frequently requires time pressures, frequent change
of tasks, irregular schedule/overtime, performing multiple tasks
simultaneously, working closely with others as part of a team,
tedious or exacting work, and noisy/distracting
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