Apprentice Mechanic

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About OCTA:

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the county’s primary transportation agency.  OCTA creates, funds and delivers efficient transportation for Orange County.  We keep Orange County moving with extensive bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, motorist services and freeway, street and road improvement projects.  OCTA began in in 1991 with the consolidation of seven separate transportation agencies.  OCTA is dedicated to its organizational mission and core values.  OCTA’s mission is to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance quality of life and keep Orange County moving.  OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork, communication, customer focus, and can-do spirit.




In an apprenticeship/training capacity, performs bus and subsystem maintenance and repair functions.  Performs diagnosis, and repairs of bus systems, subsystems and assemblies requiring light, moderate, and advanced mechanical work.


The interview/hiring process will result in an eligibility list to fill current and/or future openings.


The starting pay rate for this position is $21.84 an hour. Pay rate increases incrementally according to the union contract. Current top wage is $26.64 after 36 months.


Current and verifiable full ASE certification will result in an additional $2.00 per hour.


The application deadline for this position is Wednesday, September 21, 2016.


This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.

• Performs minor repairs of lighting systems, mirrors, and accessories.

• Removes/disassembles components and sub-components.  Performs component cleaning and prepares for assembly. 

• Assists mechanics with assembly and installation of components and sub-components.

• Operates a variety of power tools and equipment.

• Drives buses as needed for repairs.

• Cleans tools and work area.

• Submits work summaries to Maintenance Training.



Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma and six months in mechanical/vehicular repair experience which demonstrates ability to perform mechanical repair work of average difficulty.  Transit bus experience preferred.


Special Qualifications:


• Must possess a Class C driver’s license.

• Required to provide a DMV H6 printout (or equivalent if out-of-state) upon request. Must have a good DMV record in accordance with company standards. 

• Must have the ability to obtain a Class B license with no air brake restrictions and Passenger (P) endorsement within the introductory period.

• Applicant is required to present a Class B driver’s permit upon date of hire.

• Must possess the necessary hand tools to perform the job and approved steel-toed shoes for wear on the job.

• Employee will be governed by the Apprentice Mechanic Guidelines Agreement.

• The OCTA Apprentice Program covers a 2 year period.  During this period the selected candidates will be required to successfully complete the OCTA Apprentice Program, which includes 207 hours of unpaid onsite training. Upon successful completion of the OCTA Apprentice Program, selected candidates will be eligible to remain employed by OCTA.


Knowledge of:


• Automotive and/or diesel engines, transmissions, air conditioning, charging and starting systems, and related equipment.

• Methods and procedures used in servicing mechanical equipment.

• Tools, precision instruments, equipment, and procedures used in general repairs of average difficulty. 

• Decimals and fractions as related to vehicle maintenance.


Ability to:


• Identify and inspect automotive or diesel engines, transmissions and other parts. 

• Clean and service equipment.

• Dismantle and reassemble equipment or parts and make mechanical repairs of average difficulty.

• Operate necessary tools used in repairing and servicing vehicular equipment.

• Follow instructions.

• Use service and parts manuals and keep accurate records on repairs and parts completed. 

• Work any shift at any agency location.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.

• Utilize automated maintenance system.


Safety Sensitive

Positions in this job classification are considered safety sensitive and are subject to drug and alcohol testing, including but not limited to pre-employment testing, post-accident testing and random testing, under Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) drug and alcohol regulations, and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, 49 CFR Part 40 and Part 655.  Please refer to the OCTA Drug and Alcohol Policy Manual for additional information.

OCTA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and ensures that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.



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