Bus Driver Trainee - Temporary

  • Nevada County, CA
  • Grass Valley, California
  • Aug 15, 2021
Temporary Transportation or Transit

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics Please see the "Education and Experience" section below for our minimum qualifications for the position.

This position is for individuals interested in participating in a training program to become licensed as a Class B Commercial Bus Driver. The training program involves classroom training as well as driver training under the supervision of a certified training instructor. The Bus Driver Trainee classification is a temporary job classification. The incumbent is paid as a temporary employee while in this job.

There is no guarantee that a Bus Driver Trainee who successfully completes the training will be hired as a regular or temporary licensed Bus Driver upon completion of the training.
Under the direction of the Supervising Bus Driver, trainees learn to operate and maintain a transit bus to transport patrons safely and efficiently to assigned locations using designated routes; assure safety of vehicle by learning to perform daily safety inspections and cleaning duties.


This trainee classification is distinguished from the Bus Driver classification by the absence of a Class B Commercial license which permits solo bus driving. This classification is limited to temporary assignments.

Successful completion of the training program requires the incumbent to pass the DMV Class B Commercial license exam, obtain a Verified Transit Training certificate (VTT), a Passenger (P) Endorsement Certificate, and a Department of Transportation Medical Certificate/MCSA-5875 Report Form. If the Bus Driver Trainee fails to pass the DMV exam two successive training cycles, their employment will automatically end.

Examples of Duties Essential Duties;

--Participates in bus driver training which involves classroom teaching, skills development, and practical instruction on the safe operation of a transit bus.
--Practices pre-trip and post-trip comprehensive mechanical and safety vehicle system checks including fluid levels, basic operating systems, and operation of wheelchair lift and secured equipment to the standards required under the complementary paratransit provisions of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
--Learns and demonstrates understanding of the fares that are charged for various types of routes and programs. Begins to collect fares from passengers at pre-arranged locations.
--Learns fixed route services. Begins to provide general information regarding routes and services to patrons and the general public over the telephone.
--Learns how to communicate with other operators and with base station via two-way radio.
--Learns how to provide customer service to patrons. Participates in observing and managing patron behavior on buses and at transit stations.
--Attends required safety meetings and training.
--Learns and then performs minor maintenance on vehicles and transit system infrastructure as needed, such as repair of floors, windows, seats; bus benches, shelters, and/or signage.
--Cleans transit vehicles, maintains all applicable boarding/mileage records & mechanical checklists. Operates a transit bus over a designated route in accordance with arranged time schedules.
--Establishes and maintains a good working relationship with fellow crew members, system staff, patrons and with the general public.

Knowledge and Skills Required Knowledge of:

• Safe, defensive driving practices
• California Motor Vehicle Code applicable to the operation of vehicles
• Basic maintenance of vehicles and related equipment
• California Driver Handbook

Skill in:

• Operating a vehicle safely
• Recognizing changes in behavior that may suggest action is needed
• Good customer service skills
• Understanding and implementing verbal and written instructions
• Learning to properly use a two-way radio system
• Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with those in the course of work

Education and Experience Required Possession of high school diploma or receipt of G.E.D. certificate and six months of experience driving a personal vehicle.

The following must be attached to your application: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License, a clean Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) history and possession of a 10-year driver history record from the DMV. Please contact DMV directly if you have any questions about how to receive these documents and, again, copies of all must be attached to your application.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Physical ability to sit or otherwise remain stationary at work post for long periods of time; mobility and strength to occasionally assist passengers weighing up to 150 pounds; ability to load/board, tie-down, and unload/alight wheelchair passengers and accessible mobility devices; and manual dexterity required to operate vehicle; vision to read handwritten and printed materials, hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone/radio.

Willingness and ability to work in exposure to weather, vehicular traffic, noise and exhaust fumes.

Willingness and ability to accept assignments in various cultural, physical, behavioral and environmental settings.

Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.

Other Requirements:
Positions in this classification are defined as "Safety Sensitive" per the U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations. Individuals hired into these positions will be subject to Pre-Employment Drug Testing, Random Drug and Alcohol Testing, Reasonable Suspicion Right to Test and Post Accident Drug/Alcohol Testing.

This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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