Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • 11-May-2017 to 10-Jul-2017 (EST)
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Columbus, OH, USA
  • $64,522 - $83-879 (Minimum - Midpoint)
  • Salary
  • Full Time

COTA offers competitive benefits including: Medical/RX, Vision, Dental, Supplemental Insurance, Life Insurance, Employee Discounts, Employee Bus Pass; Wellness Initiatives, Tuition Reimbursement, as well as Retirement through OPERS/Deferred Compensation.


Performs highly responsible professional and supervisory work overseeing all phases of bus maintenance operations. 


  • Ensures maximum availability of buses to meet service commitments by establishing servicing priorities through Vehicle Maintenance Supervisors for all work in the areas Running Repair/Inspection and Servicing/Cleaning; monitors these activities to ensure adherence to established operational policies and procedures and keeps the Director, Vehicle Maintenance advised of same;
  • Provides solutions to challenges of personnel, materials, space, and quality of work through analysis of information and by visiting different shifts; communicates orally and in writing with the budget information, makes manpower and cost estimates and further determines cost-effective means to achieve objectives. Develops cost benefit analyses;
  • Oversees preventive maintenance programs and maintains necessary adherence schedules and logs for all assigned COTA fleet and equipment. Participates in vehicle selection and the development of revenue vehicle specifications;
  • Ensures all buses are reliable (available as planned) to meet service commitments by working with the mechanics, and quality assurance to reduce and eventually eliminate component or small stoppages. Works with the on shift supervisor and mechanics to effectively document work, work orders, parts and labor related to failures and provide valid and real time information for setting servicing priorities. Provides a team environment; develops time standards and new processes to enhance the reliability and look of the fleet. Provides high level analysis of failure trends through work orders and part usage. Implements ELLIPSE so it provides data on equipment failures and scheduled repairs, Preventative and, eventually Predictive maintenance practices within COTA;
  • Establish an effective maintenance program to improve troubleshooting techniques of equipment failure and repair. Develop a program to decrease equipment failures and reduce downtime through development of key performance standards working with Quality Assurance. Identifies and plans needed training, creating job standards, correcting work habits, following established policies, and working with the Director of Vehicle Maintenance and Engineering and the Quality Assurance team;
  • Provides solutions to challenges of personnel, materials, space, and quality of work through analysis of information, visual inspection, and work auditing. This includes report generation and corrective action based on exceptions and developed standards;
  • Maintains good labor relations through effective counseling and disciplining of employees in a fair and equitable manner in compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement/COTA Policy/and the job manual; achieves maximum productivity and high morale through sound and effective communications; enforces policy to achieve productivity goals, improve efficiencies. Resolves all Step 1 grievances; may represent COTA during step 2, step 3, and arbitrations. Records attendance and administers attendance violations as needed.  Disciplines according to MOA, Represented Employee Manual, and job manual up to and including discharge;
  • Makes recommendations on Maintenance policies, methods, and procedures (use of Maintenance manpower, equipment and materials); identifies training needs; on occasion, administers special projects and surveys; and represents COTA at bus maintenance-related conferences and meetings;
  • Regular, predictable and punctual attendance required;
  • May be required to be available through a mobile device via voice during and outside of normal working hours, at the manager's discretion, and must respond within a reasonable timeframe;
  • Manages and provides leadership for his/her staff.  Hires, trains, develop, and appraise staff effectively. Ensures the Authority meets its EEO responsibilities by assisting in identifying problem areas, participating in local minority organizations, participating in review of complaints alleging discrimination, and supporting career counseling for employees. Takes corrective action as necessary, on a timely basis, and in accordance with policy; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


  • Requires an Associate's Degree in Business Administration or Engineering and 5 years of experience in bus or truck fleet operation, public or transit maintenance, or similar field at the supervisory level in a union environment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in business or public administration.
  • ASE certification preferred. 


  • Business professional with ability to conduct himself/herself in a professionally.
  • Knowledge of hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, and electronic, able to develop work standards, SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) development and maintenance, troubleshooting checklists; and writing effective countermeasures to prevent failures in the future;
  • Knowledge of diesel maintenance, air conditioning, engines, transmissions, suspension, differential, electronic controls both (A/C and D/C, machine shop, brakes, body repair required;
  • Skills in verbal and written communication; must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite;
  • Skills in human relations;
  • Ability to interact well with all levels of COTA's organization and representatives of various outside organizations and able to motivate and lead team members; and
  • Ability to define problems, research issues and develop logical and practical solutions within the framework of general principles of maintenance and the policies and procedures of the Authority.

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