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Diesel Mechanic

Reports To: Vehicle & Facility Maintenance Manager
Pay Rate: $23.69/hr
Classification: Hourly, non-exempt

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) in Ithaca, NY is seeking Full-Time Diesel Mechanics with the demonstrated ability to work independently performing routine servicing and preventive maintenance on our transit fleet. As part of a team of mechanics possessing a diversity of skills, the mechanic performs highly skilled work involved in, but not limited to: diagnosing, rebuilding and repairing of major components of engines and systems on all or some of the following: diesel, gas, and alternative fuel engines. Daytime shifts available. Qualified mechanics that join our team will receive a sign on bonus of $5,000 to be paid out over a one year period. 

Essential Functions:

  • Routine servicing and preventative maintenance of transit fleet of over 70 buses including: lubrications, oil changes, tire repairs, welding, tune-ups, electrical repairs, body and paint repairs
  • Major repair work including: engine overhaul or replacement, clutch replacement, standard and automatic transmissions, drive line, differential, air brakes, body modifications, diesel and gas engine repair
  • Use of specialized electronic equipment for diagnosis and repair of computerized controls on engines and transmissions
  • Complete work orders on all repair and maintenance work performed
  • Use computerized maintenance records to enter data, check on recent repairs and to review past history on vehicles
  • Respond to emergency road calls
  • Assist with on-the-job-training of new mechanics


Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent 
  • Minimum three (3) years mechanical experience working on diesel engines in a heavy equipment environment with vehicles over 18,000 pounds
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience in air brakes diagnostics and repair
  • Skilled in the use of tools necessary for the maintenance and repair of heavy duty equipment (e.g. drill press, welders, hoists, hydraulic press, bus washer)
  • Computer skills
  • Must provide basic mechanic hand tools


Preferred Qualifications:

  • CDL w/ Passenger & Airbrake endorsements (must be willing to obtain, TCAT will provide paid training for CDL and required endorsements)
  • Certification in Diesel Technology from an accredited school
  • Experience working on transit buses


Additional Requirements:

  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test and be subject to random drug and alcohol testing
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work effectively with peers and work independently
  • Possess good communication skills and be able to deal with co-workers and management in a positive manner
  • Ability to read and follow written instructions
  • Ability to exercise good judgment with respect to bus repairs and equipment safety


Full Time TCAT employees receive a competitive wage and receive an excellent benefits package including:

  • Vacation & Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays & Floating Holidays
  • Health Insurance
  • Quarterly tool allowance
  • Employer paid Vision, Dental, Life, Short & Long Term Disability, and AD&D Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with generous employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
  • Supplemental benefits through AFLAC
  • Free transportation on TCAT buses

TCAT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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