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Diesel Mechanic

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) is Tompkins County’s provider of safe, reliable and affordable transportation with an annual ridership of over 4 million. TCAT recognizes that our employees are the key to fulfilling our community-driven mission and vision. In order to recruit and retain top talent, TCAT offers competitive pay, outstanding benefits, progressive training, and career growth opportunities.  

TCAT is currently offering a $5,000 sign-on bonus and relocation assistance to qualified diesel mechanics. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to obtain your Commercial Driver’s License by receiving paid training from our highly-skilled staff.

A day in the life…

As a Diesel Mechanic, you will be part of a cohesive unit of mechanics possessing a diversity of skills. Working on our transit fleet of over 75 buses and 12 gas vehicles, you will be responsible for supporting a strong preventative maintenance program by performing lubrications, oil changes, welding, tune-ups, electrical repairs, and body and paint repairs while maintaining a clean, efficient and safe shop area. Major repair work could include engine overhauls or replacements, clutch replacement, automatic transmissions, drive line, differential, air brakes, body modifications, etc. You will also get the chance to be among the first in your field to work on electric buses, with the first electric additions to our fleet arriving this year!

TCAT’s mechanics are a critical component of ensuring the safety of our drivers, passengers and the community at large. To that end, you will regularly receive training opportunities that will enable you to build on your current skills and stay at the forefront of new technologies, concepts and developments in the world of diesel repair and maintenance.


  • $24.40 per hour + $1.00 per hour nightshift differential
  • $5,000 sign-on bonus paid out over one year
  • Relocation assistance available


  • Medical w/ optional health FSA
  • Vision (employer-paid)
  • Dental (employer-paid)
  • Life/AD&D (employer-paid)
  • Voluntary Life, Spousal & Dependent insurance
  • Group Short & Long Term Disability (employer-paid)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 401(k) retirement plan with generous employer contribution
  • Paid Time Off including Vacation, Sick, Floating Holidays, and five paid holidays
  • Supplemental benefits available through AFLAC
  • Quarterly $175.00 tool allowance
  • Annual $205.00 shoe allowance


The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of three (3) years’ experience repairing diesel engines in a transit environment and be skilled in airbrake diagnosis and repair. Experience with Cummins engines and Allison transmissions is a plus. A commitment to safety, strong communication skills, the ability to read and follow written instructions, the ability to work with a team and independently, and proficiency with computers and sensor tools is a must. The successful candidate must provide their own tools.  


Scheduling is determined by a seniority-based bidding process. Currently there are openings for second shift (2:00 - 10:30 PM) and third shift (10:00 PM – 6:30 AM) Additional shifts may be bid on as they become available.

Union Membership

TCAT, Inc. is a union shop. Mechanics will become members of the UAW Local Union 2300 upon successful completion of a 90-day probationary period.

Pre-employment Requirements

Post-offer motor vehicle record check, drug test, verification of past employment and criminal background check are required. Additionally, positions in this job classification are considered safety-sensitive and are subject to drug testing, including random drug screens, in accordance with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Drug and Alcohol regulations.

Physical Demands Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Able to lift up to 100 lbs
  • Work requires the ability to reach, bend, twist, stoop, kneel, crawl, crouch and climb ladders on a regular basis in the performance of mechanical work
  • Required to use hands, fingers and arms to reach, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls
  • Stands and walks for long periods of time in the performance of duties
  • Ability to receive directions and interact with coworkers
  • Specific vision abilities required to include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus

Application Process

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. You will be notified within two weeks if you are selected for the next step of the application process. Please keep your contact information up-to-date.

TCAT, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer which includes protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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