General Transit Bus Garage Mechanic D L922

Sep 24, 2021
Oct 18, 2021
Full Time

Minimum Qualifications


High School Diploma or possession of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Vocational or technical mechanical training in transit bus, automotive, medium/heavy truck or school bus maintenance
  • The following vocational/technical training can be substituted for two (2) years of full time work experience at ALL levels:
    • three (3) years high school mechanical training;
    • two (2) years tech school mechanical training; OR,
    • two (2) years college mechanical training


Twelve (12) months following the achievement of a particular grade level (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), an incumbent may be advanced to the next grade level provided he/she has taken and passed any required written or practical tests, acquired any required certifications and has met acceptable fitness for duty, work record and job performance requirements.
  • Level D
    • Two (2) years as a Garage Mechanic, or related experience
  • Level C
    • Three (3) years as a Garage Mechanic, or related experience
  • Level B
    • Four (4) years as a Garage Mechanic, or related experience
  • Level A
    • Five (5) years as a Garage Mechanic, or related experience
  • Level AA
    • Six (6) years as a Garage Mechanic, or related experience

  • Technical Certification/Licenses in 1 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) or Military Occupational Specialty code (MOSC) for Military experience in related field
  • Satisfactorily pass all required ASE and WMATA certification tests following new hire training
  • Valid Class B Commercial Drivers (CDL) or CDL Learner's Permit from jurisdiction of residence is required prior to appointment with proper endorsements (for Level D only)
  • Valid Class A Commercial Drivers (CDL) from jurisdiction of residence is required for Level B to AA Lead positions
  • Intra State Commercial Driver's License with Passenger, Air Brake and tow truck operations indorsements is accepted with a provisional appointment valid until the age of 21

  • Level D
    • One (1) current ASE certification in one field (Transit Bus, Automotive, Medium/Heavy Truck or School Bus) or any of the following:
      • Military Occupational Skills Course (MOSC) certifications in a related field
      • Associates degree in Automotive Technology; or
      • Two (2) years of vocational training in transit bus, automotive, medium/heavy truck or school bus maintenance from an accredited school recognized by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Level C
    • One (1) current ASE certification in one field (Transit Bus, Automotive, Medium/Heavy Truck or School Bus)
  • Level B
    • Two (2) current ASE certification in one field (Transit Bus, Automotive, Medium/Heavy Truck or School Bus)
  • Level A
    • Four (4) current ASE certification in one field (Transit Bus, Automotive, Medium/Heavy Truck or School Bus)
  • Level AA
    • Current ASE certifications of H2, H3, H4, H5, and H6

  • N/A

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation:
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

The General Transit Bus Garage Mechanic is responsible for troubleshooting, disassembly, repair, assembly and/or installation of automotive/diesel engines, transmissions, large and small electric/pneumatic/hydraulic components, chassis and vehicle body repairs for the bus and automotive fleet. The employee is expected to become familiar with and develops skills to support the daily operation of maintenance and repair of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) vehicles and equipment. The incumbent is expected to handle all general aspects of the job independently without close supervision. Work is reviewed and verified to check progress and conformance to established policies and requirements by a Lead Mechanic or Supervisor.

Job Levels : At each successive grade level of this job (i.e. Grades D, C, B, A and AA), the incumbent is expected to demonstrate increased, distinguishing levels of proficiency and efficiency in knowledge, skills and abilities when performing the assigned duties and essential functions described in this job description.

Essential Functions
  • Performs, in compliance with established procedures and maintenance standards, basic to complex maintenance work on WMATA vehicles, to ensure safety and reliability of parts and equipment.
  • Utilizes established procedures for operation, installation, maintenance and repair of WMATA's vehicles and equipment, in accordance with WMATA quality and safety standards.
  • Performs major repairs on all designated component parts of vehicles and analyzes and corrects those components having special or new problems, to appropriately maintain a safe operation and maintenance of WMATA vehicles and related components.
  • Performs major engine work by conducting technical diagnostics, to ensure continuity of operations and reliability of parts and equipment.
  • Performs all task conformance with safety and maintenance practices and procedures, to comply with safety regulations and conduct all activities in a safe, efficient manner.
  • Uses various types of test equipment and related specialized tools associated with job assignment, in accordance with applicable codes and principle standards.
  • Completes required documentation and reports by using the proper forms and tags, in adherence to compliance with applicable rules and regulations set by the Authority.
  • Responds to and assists in emergencies such as securing or safeguarding WMATA vehicles and equipment, fire/life/safety, and snow emergencies, to promote the Authority's transit-supporting goals and to provide high-quality customer service.
  • Works various hours, locations, and days as required.

Other Functions
  • Operates Authority vehicles as required.
  • Attends on-the-job and formal training classes to assist higher classified co-workers in their assignments or provide job specific training to lower classified co-workers.

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:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

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.