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Transportation Maintenance Specialist

Posted on Feb 14, 2019 by Des Moines Public Schools

Des Moines, IA 50309
Professional Services
12 Feb 2019
Annual Salary
The Des Moines Public Schools Transportation Department employs 195 people who drive and maintain the school district's busses, safely delivering 11,000 students each day to and from their schools. Des Moines Public Schools is home to one of the state's largest and busiest transportation programs. To put it all in perspective, here are some facts and figures: Number of DMPS buses: 136Daily number of bus routes: about 100Daily number of individual bus runs: 650Number of students transported daily: about 11,000Number of miles traveled annually: over 1.6 millionNumber of gallons of diesel fuel consumed annually: about 250,000 DMPS is looking for a Fleet Maintenance Specialist. BASIC FUNCTION:
Provide daily support to the transportation director in guiding, organizing, monitoring, and directing the daily activities of the transportation fleet maintenance and preventative maintenance programs. Provide direct supervision of personnel including hiring, training, evaluating staff and maintain recordkeeping. This position requires independent judgment and decision making on a regular basis. The essential functions as shown below represent only the key areas of responsibility; specific position requirements will vary according to the needs of the transportation department.
1. Maintain reliability, safety, and cleanliness standards to the fleet and facility.
2. Determine, coordinate and communicate maintenance needs of district vehicles, buses and other equipment.
3. Develop and improve practices for effective and efficient vehicle maintenance.
4. Evaluate job performance of assigned staff and submits written performance reviews.
5. Supervise and directs the work of service mechanics and other transportation employees as needed.
6. Prioritize and assign workload to service mechanic staff.
7. Investigate accidents; implements corrective measures to ensure a safe work environment.
8. Maintain fleet records in compliance with Iowa DOE regulations.
9. Ensure, enforce and initiate Iowa DOE, and DOT compliance on all vehicles; state inspections twice a year.
10. Maintain vehicle maintenance software programs, accurate equipment and financial records for fuel, parts and repair data.
11. Assist with budget preparation and administration for maintenance equipment; prepares cost estimates for budget; submits justification for budget items; monitors and approves invoices and controls expenditures.
12. Provide reports and budget information as needed.
13. Ensure that fuel and parts are ordered in a timely manner based on demand.
14. Ensure that all service mechanic staff is properly trained on software/database and updated vehicle maintenance.
15. Ability to make decisions with short notice; effectively communicate timely and accurate information while meeting deadlines.
16. Ensure that mechanic shop is OSHA compliant; maintain occupational hazards and safety precautions.
17. Evaluate and recommend replacement of aged or worn equipment.
18. Prepare long-range plans for replacement vehicles and other equipment.
19. Receive, evaluate, and process new vehicles and equipment; ensure proper registration.
20. Ensure vehicles and equipment are prepared for auction and/or disposal according to guidelines.
21. Vendor liaison; interface with outside vendors for maintenance of all district vehicle and equipment.
22. Provide front line technical support and direct management of the vendor repair process.
23. Participate in preparing specifications for vehicles and other district equipment for purchase.
24. Investigate alleged incidents of staff misconduct or incompetence and carries out discipline process to ensure that district policies and procedures are followed.
25. Assist with safety training of drivers, associates and service mechanic staff.
26. Use databases to access vehicle maintenance and provide information as requested.
27. Work collaboratively with staff and vendors to resolve issues and ensure minimal downtime of all district vehicles.
28. Serves as a member of the accident committee.
1. Attend work on a prompt and regular basis.
2. Competency working in a culturally diverse environment or the willingness to acquire these skills.
3. Maintain confidentiality.
4. Maintain satisfactory and harmonious working relationships with the public, students, and other employees.
5. Assist with other duties as may be assigned. HIRING SPECIFICATIONS
1. High School Diploma.
2. Evidence of excellent written skills.
3. Experience working with computerized databases/applications.
4. Minimum of five years supervisory service mechanic experience or equivalent.
5. Experience evaluating and leading a staff.
6. Minimum of three years managing a budget in a medium size organization.
7. Minimum of five years' experience as a service mechanic and knowledge of gas and diesel engines, transmission, airride suspension, suspension, air and hydraulic brakes, electrical, air conditioning, hydraulic systems, and other vehicle repair components.
8. Experience working in a fast-paced environment with deadlines meeting customer needs.
9. Valid Driver's License.
10. Ability to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and Iowa School Bus Operators Permit within 60 days from the date of hire.
11. Knowledge and application of State and Federal transportation rules and guidelines.
12. Competency working in a culturally diverse environment or the willingness to acquire these skills.
1. Post High School education or training.
2. Knowledge of the City of Des Moines and school locations.
3. Mechanic service supervisor with school district experience. Category: Automotive , Keywords: Fleet Maintenance Supervisor

Reference: 646339911