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Connect Transit

Connect Transit

Posted on Saturday, June 3, 2023

Mechanic, Full Time

Connect Transit is celebrating 50 years of service as the primary public transit system for the Bloomington-Normal area this year, providing quality transportation to residents, allowing them to live spontaneously. Our mission is to provide safe, reliable transportation and access to opportunity to strengthen and enrich individual lives, our community, the economy, and the environment. All of our employees are vital in supporting this mission, read on to see how you can be part of it too!

Job Description:

As a Connect Transit Mechanic you will help repair and maintain our fleet of 60+ vehicles, which includes electric, diesel, and gasoline medium and heavy-duty buses, mini-buses, vans, and cars, to ensure a reliable fleet for our customers while we transport them safely on our prescheduled routes.


  • $3,000 sign on bonus, paid in three installments over the first year
  • First year: $55,037 at $26.46 an hour (not including sign on bonus)
  • 10%+ increases yearly until second year

What We Offer:

  • Paid on the job training, including paying for your CDL permit and license.
  • Medical insurance: Connect Transit will pay 90% of employee premium and 65% of dependent premiums.
  • Dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid birthday
  • Retirement plans, employer contribution of 5%
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Uniform provided
  • Yearly tool/shoe reimbursement ($525)
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Free bus rides for employees and immediate family members
  • A team atmosphere with Trainers, Supervisors, and coworkers who want to see you succeed in your job

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Perform work functions in accordance with safe practices, company procedures, and government regulations
  • Inspect vehicles, perform maintenance and/or diagnose, repair as needed
  • Inspect company owned equipment, perform maintenance and/or diagnose, repair as needed
  • Respond to road calls; perform maintenance, repairs, or bus switch out as needed
  • Perform routine daily opening or closing procedures
  • Respond to radio calls
  • Communicate fleet needs to Supervisors or Foreman
  • Assist other Mechanics as needed
  • Perform tire maintenance, including rotation and replacements
  • Complete maintenance paperwork and service records on computer
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Complete required yearly trainings (Diversity/Inclusion in the Workplace, Equal Opportunity, etc.)

Job Requirements:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Minimum age of 21
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License
  • Ability to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake and Passenger endorsements (we will train you and pay for the license)
  • Acceptable driving record (No serious traffic or license violations within the last five years)
  • Pass background check
  • Pass Department of Transportation Physical and pre-employment drug test, and willingness to comply with federal drug and alcohol testing requirements
  • 1 year experience with automotive or diesel engines; or equivalent experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities is acceptable
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team to accomplish the assigned task
  • Ability to take verbal and written direction
  • Ability to work when needed, including nights, weekends, early mornings
  • Ability to provide your own tools
  • Ability to operate a forklift (we will train you and certify on the job)
  • Ability to use a computer for basic resources, parts research, and documentation of work
  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions, including outdoors during winter
  • Ability to occasionally lift/move 75-100 pounds
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

* Connect Transit provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.