MetroBus Operator Trainee (CDL License/Permit & MOS/SOC)

Washington D.C.
Jan 07, 2019
Apr 01, 2019
Full Time
Job Description

This is an extended duration posting for current and future openings for the MetroBus Operator training program.  Applications will be continuously assessed.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) invites applications for the MetroBus Operator training program from both civilians and current/former military personnel. Qualifying candidates must be at least 21 years old at the time of testing and possess the ability to satisfactorily complete the background check and medical examination process.  The most desirable candidates are those who currently possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or Learner's permit with Passenger Bus and Air Brakes endorsements. A copy of the CDL learners permit or license will be verified prior to testing.

During training, CDL permit holders with valid Passenger and Airbrake endorsements are paid an hourly rate of $12.03. CDL license holders with Passenger and Airbrake endorsements with no restrictions earn an hourly rate of $16.  Those successfully completing the training program will assume a full time regular MetroBus Operator position at which time the hourly rate increases to $19.68.

The MetroBus Operator position is represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union, local 689 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 922.

  • Shift:  Various
  • Location: Various
  • Assigned Days Off:  Various



    Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate (GED) Successful completion of the Bus Operator Training Program. 

    A minimum of three (3) years of work experience to include 2 years of customer service experience. Must be at least age 21 Traffic record must reflect no more than two (2) negative points, no more than one (1) moving violation and no suspension or revocation due to moving violations within the last three (3) years

    Licensed driver for a minimum of four (4) years Commercial Driver Learner’s Permit with Passenger Bus and Air Brake endorsements required to participate in Bus Operator Training Program CDL Permit with Passenger Bus and Air Brake endorsements required to operate 


    Preferred Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with Passenger Bus and Air Brake endorsements


The military occupational skills (MOS) or service occupational codes (SOC) that are most applicable to the Bus Operator position are listed below.

Branch MOS/SOC and/or Military Function US Army 88M US Air Force 2T111, 2T131, 2T151 US Marines 3531, 3534

Medical Group:

Satisfactory completion of the medical examination for this position is required.  The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this particular position either with or without reasonable accommodation(s). 


The Bus Operator is responsible for delivering safe and timely public transportation service through the safe operation of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) commercial passenger buses on scheduled routes, while providing courteous and professional customer service to passengers. The employee adheres to all safety and traffic rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to ensure the well-being of all WMATA customers, employees, general public, and self. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, maintaining designated route schedules; assisting passengers; reporting situations involving disruptive passengers; employing defensive driving techniques; inspecting buses; completing reports; maintaining professionalism while under stress; monitoring fare collection; inspecting passes; and providing special assistance to disabled passengers. This is a safety sensitive position subject to the rules and regulations of WMATA’s Drug and Alcohol Policy. 


    Safely operates and navigates the commercial passenger bus through traffic along assigned routes, under various environmental conditions, and in accordance with traffic laws and departmental regulations. Monitors fare collection from passengers, checks passenger electronic payment passes, and electronic passes to ensure they are valid. Communicates with customers, providing schedule, route, and fare information if the automated annunciator is inoperable or if a customer enquires directly. Prepares and submits accident and incident reports in accordance with established guidelines. Operates wheelchair lifts, ramps, and secures mobility devices to accommodate the elderly and passengers with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Properly uses the bus radio system by logging on to the Automated Vehicle Locator to communicate with the Bus Operations Communication Center (BOCC). Contacts BOCC regarding various emergencies such as medical emergencies, vehicle malfunctions, vehicle evacuations etc. and/or circumstances that may affect service such as heavy traffic, road hazards, road obstructions etc. Conducts routine post and pre – operational inspections of the assigned bus to document mechanical issues or vehicle damage. 

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report

Order of Preference:

The order of preference for the MetroBus Operator position is defined by the respective collective bargaining agreement.


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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