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Supervisor Bus Maintenance

Metropolitan Council
$78,582.40 - $118,601.60 Annually
medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, retirement plan, pension
United States, Minnesota, Minneapolis
Jul 14, 2024


We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website.

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

The Metropolitan Council's Metro Transit Division is one of the country's largest transit systems, employs more than 3,000 people, and provides ridership through an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains, as well as a resource for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike in the Twin Cities.

Metro Transit's Bus Maintenance Division is responsible for providing safe, clean and dependable buses to meet peak system requirements of approximately 800 buses plus the maintenance of all support vehicles (Pool cars, Supervisors cars/vans, tow trucks, Facilities Dept. trucks, Rail support vehicles, etc.) and equipment (powered sweepers, scrubbers, forklifts, small engines, etc.). Bus Maintenance is a 24x7x365 operation.

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:
Metro Transit is filling multiple Supervisor, Bus Maintenance positions for our Bus Maintenance department . This position supervises preventive and corrective maintenance work performed during a designated shift; provides training in electrical, mechanical, A/C, transmissions, welding and safety; and coordinates work between shifts while creating a respectful workplace environment with a diverse group of employees.

NOTE: This position will require flexibility with location, shift, and scheduled days off as they are determined by seniority and business needs. Garage locations: East Metro Garage, Heywood Garage, Nicollet Garage, North Loop Garage, Overhaul Base, or South Garage. Typical shifts are first shift 6:00 am until 2:00 pm, second shift 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm and third shift 10:00 pm until 6:00 am with days off of Friday & Saturday, Saturday & Sunday, or Sunday & Monday. This posting will remain open until all positions have been filled and can close at any time.

What you would do in this job

  • Coordinates mechanical work for an assigned shift, including cleaning and routine maintenance, to ensure the availability of vehicles for scheduled service.
  • Plans preventive and corrective maintenance for the following day(s). Tracks and monitors vehicle history.
  • Assigns and inspects work of mechanical personnel.
  • Identifies priority situations and makes timely decisions that may affect the safety of employees and passengers or the operation of Metro Transit vehicles.
  • Provides work direction to mechanic technicians, skilled helpers, helpers and cleaners.
  • Creates work orders and performs data entry and other computer-related work.
  • Enforces EEO and harassment-free workplace policies.
  • Communicates strategies, concerns and goals with the manager.
  • Administers discipline as well as corrective action to employees.
  • Coordinates the scheduling of employee vacations and other time off and ensures employees fill out forms for vacations, FMLA, sick leave, etc.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

Any of the following combinations of experience in automotive maintenance, heavy-duty vehicle maintenance, or closely related field and completed education in Diesel Mechanics, Automotive Service Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, or closely related field WITH at least one (1) year of supervisory and/or proven leadership experience:

  • High school diploma/GED with eight (8) years of experience, including one (1) year of supervisory and/or proven leadership experience.
  • Associate's degree with six (6) years of experience, including one (1) year of supervisory and/or proven leadership experience.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher with four (4) years of experience, including one (1) year of supervisory and/or proven leadership experience.
* Metropolitan Council Employees Only: Successful completion of any of the following four Metropolitan Council Leadership/Supervisory training programs will substitute for lead/supervisory experience of either 1 year or 6 months. You must attach your certificate(s) as proof of completion of the program to your application.
Program Number of years of supervisory experience program counts for
Metro Transit Leadership Academy 1 year
Project Management Development Program-12-month session 1 year
Project Management Development Program-6-month session 6 months
Four Learning Institute Certificates - You must obtain all four certificates listed below to receive credit for 6 months supervisory experience.
  • Leading Self-Personal Effectiveness Certificate
  • Leading Self-Communication Certificate
  • Leading Self-Business Skills Certificate
  • Leading Others-Preparing for Supervisor Certificate
6 months

License Requirement: Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record.
What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):
  • Supervisory experience in assigning and overseeing work of employees in related field within the last ten (10) years.
  • Experience training employees in mechanical systems.
  • Experience performing technical work on heavy-duty vehicles; coordinating work for a large fleet of heavy-duty equipment.
  • Experience diagnosing electrical and/or mechanical systems and/or completing electrical/mechanical system certificates (such as Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)).
  • Experience interpreting and applying bargaining unit contracts, including contract administration.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or another windows-based environment.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills (listening, verbal and written).
  • Commitment to building diversity.

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:

  • Basic knowledge of diesel engines, automatic transmissions control systems, HVAC, hydraulics and DC electricity.
  • Basic knowledge of AC/DC electrical systems; principles of analog and digital electronics, electronic control circuitry and associated mechanical, HVAC, pneumatic, hydraulic systems, testing and inspections methods/tools; and welding.
  • Ability to analyze malfunctions in electrical/electronic, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment; determine repair; and perform electronic fabrication and assembly tasks.
  • Ability to understand and interpret the Metro Transit union contract.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules; operating and maintenance instructions; and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence and speak effectively before groups of subordinates or co-workers.
  • Ability to demonstrate a good work record.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals; compute rate, ratio and percent; and draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to maintain tact, courtesy and cooperation in dealings with others where the primary purpose is the exchange of information.
  • Skilled in written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Skilled at analyzing and resolving problems.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel and other windows-based environments.
What you can expect from us:
  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits (see the benefits tab of this posting for more details) and a good work/life balance.
  • Career advancement opportunities.
More about why you should join us!

Additional information

Union/Grade: Transit Managers and Supervisors (TMSA)/Grade H
FLSA Status: Exempt
Safety Sensitive: Yes, subject to random DOT drug tests

What your work environment would be: Work is frequently performed in a normal office environment but may require occasional outdoor work with exposure to outdoor weather conditions. Work requires occasional local in-state travel by car to visit different facilities. May occasionally travel by air for out-of-state for training and conferences. Work is frequently performed near moving parts or equipment; in wet, humid conditions; and occasionally in high, precarious places. Position is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles, frequently to extreme heat, and occasionally to toxic or caustic chemicals. There is occasional exposure to vibrations and risk of electrical shock. Position is regularly exposed to loud noise.

What are the physical requirements: Position is regularly required to speak, hear, read and write; frequently to smell; and has vision requirements (close, distance, peripheral, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, and ability to adjust focus). Must have strength and manual dexterity to handle mechanical tools and equipment occasionally. Must be able to regularly lift/carry/push/pull up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds. Position is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and turn, twist or bend at waist.
What steps the recruitment process involves:
  1. We review your minimum qualifications.
  2. We review work record evaluation (ATU employees only).
  3. We rate your education and experience.
  4. We conduct a structured panel interview.
  5. We conduct a selection interview.
Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only), and a background check which verifies education, employment, and criminal history. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the job. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services, Audit, or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the position.

IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and veteran-friendly employer. The Council is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region and strongly encourages persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please email HR-OCCHealth@metc.state.mn.us .

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