Vehicle Maintainer

Public Transportation Inspector, Train Car Inspector, Vehicle Inspector  

Vehicle maintainers monitor problems on public transportation vehicles that can impact performance and safety. They look for signs of abuse, wear, or mechanical malfunction, and make sure that equipment is compliant with rules, standards, and regulations. Maintainers recommend corrective actions, and follow up to ensure that problems are rectified and documented, and that regular maintenance is done properly. Depending upon the size of the organization, these workers may make small repairs or adjustments as needed.

Maintainers should be detail oriented and possess good mechanical, problem solving, recordkeeping, and communication skills. Physically, they should be able to walk, climb, stoop, and crawl to inspect equipment. They will have to work off-hour shifts and travel to multiple locations within the transit system. Vehicle maintainers report to supervisors or more senior inspectors.

Employers require a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certification, and often prefer individuals with vocational training, an associate's degree, or a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. A driver's license is required, and a commercial driver's license (CDL) is preferred. Two to four years of experience is helpful.

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 operate a bus 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. Operators 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 endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training, as well as available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
1% - Little or no change
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $50,630 - $93,590    Hourly: $24 - $45

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

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Physical agility

Legal Requirements

Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

1% - Little or no change
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $50,630 - $93,590

Hourly: $24 - $45