General Repair Mechanic - Bus

Bus Mechanic, Diesel Truck Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic Specialist, Service Advisor   More Names
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Bus general repair mechanics use computerized diagnostic systems to identify problems, then put their mechanical and electrical skills to work repairing engines and electronic systems on increasingly complex buses and related vehicles. Many must develop specialized repair skills to work on diesel-powered engines. They may rebuild engines, inspect and repair brake systems, rewire electronic systems, diagnose and repair heating and cooling systems, and perform routine maintenance.

Bus general repair mechanics should be able to use computerized diagnostic equipment and have good trouble shooting, mechanical, electrical, math, record keeping, and communication skills. Bus mechanics must be able to understand and follow written, oral, and demonstrated instructions; write clear documentation of work performed; and read and understand schematics and technical service manuals. They must be able to find solutions to mechanical and technical problems and understand and follow rules, regulations, and safety practices and procedures. They must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and supervisors, and work alone and as part of a team.

Bus general repair mechanics must have a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, as well as a commercial driver's license (CDL). An automotive certificate (such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification)may be helpful. Bus general mechanics should have two years of directly related work experience. On-the-job training or apprenticeship programs may be available. Diesel engine specialists should have three to four years of experience and training in automobile repair, with a special focus on diesel engines.

To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can perform the job safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Drivers may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses upon receiving their new CDLs. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of CDL endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
12% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $35,750 - $56,660    Hourly: $17 - $27

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
- Ability to walk, bend, and twist
- Ability to drive a vehicle
- Ability to handle exposure to all kinds of weather
- Ability to handle exposure to dirt, grease, chemicals, and dust

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

12% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $35,750 - $56,660

Hourly: $17 - $27