North America Central School Bus - Technician Jobs in St. Louis, MO

About Us

Founded in May of 2004, North America Central School Bus is one of the fastest growing school bus companies in the nation. Our motto each and every day is “Safety First/Quality Always”. Our mission is to provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation services that enrich the lives of the communities we serve. It is our goal to be the transportation industry leader known for exceptional safety, customer service and support. We do this by exceeding expectations of service – one community, one person, one experience at a time. We believe our passengers and their safety are our greatest responsibility. Not only do we provide transportation service, we provide peace of mind. We also believe success centers on mutual respect, trustworthy communication and working together to achieve common goals.

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  • Its a locker room.
  • We provide uniforms.
  • Well lite break room.
  • Nuts, Bolts, Wire, other sundries to get the job done quick.
  • We keep most common parts on hand.
  • Our shop is clean, tidy and very well lite.
  • Sign On Bonus!!!!! 

And a Great Place to work!

What is stopping you?
  • We have access to factory training. On Site! Paid Time!

We choose to invest in our team.

Under The Hood

Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

The shop is heated. In fact, we had the furnace tuned up in March. It's nice and warm. The shop is not Air Conditioned, but its surprisingly more comfortable than you would think.

What is the size of the team I’d be working with?

Depending on the time about 3-4 other techs of various experiences. It's a fun welcoming group.

What are the shop hours and what are the shift timeframes?

The shop is open early in the AM and into the evening. We can offer flexibility on your shift.

What tools does the shop provide that are available for all technicians to use?

The shop will provide the higher cost specialty tools.

What type of break room facility is provided?

Its well lit and climate controlled. A picture has been included.

How many bays does your shop have?

It's really one huge room with 3 overhead doors. You will have plenty of room to work.

How many repair orders do you average per month?

This is varied as the school year progresses. Its hourly and not flat rate. You will have the time to do the job correctly, and there will always be another bus to be repaired.

What is your parts ordering process?

The mechanic asks the Shop Manager to order.

What is your policy on side work?

We often have overtime available to earn more. We foster an environment of life and work balance and encourage our techs to enjoy their families, hobbies and interests in their time off from work.

Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

Currently we offer training from the manufacture. We are always on the look for relevant training.

Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

We promote from within whenever an internal candidate fit our need. The sky is the limit.

Can you describe your performance review process?

As we are growing, we recognize the need for a formal process and are creating one. We simply didn't need one as our repair needs were met by our techs.

What type of safety training is required?

We take safety very serious. We have monthly meetings to address safety.

Can you describe how Techs work with and mentor younger techs?

Our senior techs are really great as mentoring. We have a number of home grown techs we are very proud of.

How does your shop get involved with the local community?

We transport the children of the community.

Do you do anything with local high schools or tech schools to encourage more students to enter the profession?

We recognize this is an area of improvement and are reviewing.

Where do you see the shop in five years?

We see ourselves being the largest school bus provider in the region. we are already the best.

Do you have an application form and how long does it typically take to complete?

We do post our openings on our website and ask candidates to apply from there. We have many locations besides St Louis that might be a good fit also. The process takes a few minutes. This is the Link ->https://www.northamericacentral.com/current-openings/

Do you phone screen applicants before doing in-person interviews?

We will work with the candidate on what best fits their needs. We identify that this is time out of their day that is uncompensated and make every effort to be respectful of that fact. Phone or Zoom type interviews are increasingly common. We do not require the camera to be "on".

What do your in-person interviews entail?

First, we avoid the term "interview" in favor of looking at it as simply 2 people having a conversation about how they can help each other. I have a task that I need done, and I need to find the best person to perform that task, at a pay that I have available in my budget. Depending on the role, the candidate will meet with the Regional Maintenance Manager and the local level shop manager (Technician in charge or TIC for short) at minimum.

Do you perform background checks, drug screening, or personality tests before hiring an applicant?

School bus mechanics shall be subject to a drug test and background check that fulfills the requirements of the Code of Federal and State Regulations. This required by law, and because of the priceless passengers we serve.

Do you perform a skill assessment before hiring an applicant? If yes, what does it entail?

For mechanics we have a small quiz that is a catalyst for conversation.

After an in-person interview, approximately how long should I expect to wait for a rejection or an offer?

A few days but that time is shrinking. We understand technicians have many choices available to them and we want to act accordingly.

Approximately how long does the full hiring process take from submitting the application to the time of the hiring decision?

A few days. We know great technicians will have many options presented quickly.

A Level Technician
A Level Technicians are highly skilled technicians that have strengths in their diagnostic and mechanical ability. This level of technician typically has many years of experience and education. We view an A Level Technician as the highest skilled technician in a shop
Pay Range: $45,000 - $70,000/year ($21.63 - $33.65/hr)

Job Purpose - Manages day-to-day operations of the maintenance shop. Maintains, repairs, and overhauls school buses and other company vehicles. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Directs the work of others. Trains and motivates maintenance staff. Works without direct supervision with latitude for independent judgment. Major Responsibilities - Supervises day-to-day shop staff. Schedules and administers fleet maintenance, assists in troubleshooting problems with equipment. Reviews repair orders. Delegates responsibilities as appropriate and monitors performance. Ensures compliance on a day-to-day basis with State, Federal and Company requirements. May order fuel for all vehicles, order parts, and subcontract repair work. Completes special projects as assigned. Required to perform hands-on work activities. Communicates availability of vehicles for service with dispatch and Contract Manager. Handles disciplinary concerns and employee development with shop personnel. Repairs and maintains diesel engines and school bus equipment.

B Level Technician
B Level Technicians are skilled in mechanical repair and, while not their specialty, have some diagnostic skills. B Level Technicians generally have a fair amount of experience and can be trusted to handle most repairs.
Pay Range: $40,000 - $60,000/year ($19.23 - $28.85/hr)

Job Purpose - Maintains, repairs, and overhauls school buses and other company vehicles. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of maintenance tasks. May direct the work of others. Works under general supervision with some latitude for independent judgment. May assist in training less experienced technicians or new employees. Major Responsibilities - Repairs and maintains school buses and other company vehicles while adhering to FMCSA guidelines. Inspects and tests equipment at prescribed intervals of time and usage or upon malfunction or breakdown. Inspects, tests, and aligns bus lights and wheels and maintains electrical systems and controls. Balances wheels to minimize wear on tires and rotates wheels at prescribed mileage intervals. Tunes up engine to maintain combustion control standards. Adjusts equipment to standards set by state DOT for motor vehicle inspections and safety standards. Disassembles, inspects, and replaces worn or broken parts. Fixes and adjusts new or repaired parts. Oils and greases vehicles; changes filters. Test drives repaired equipment. Performs limited bodywork and repainting on vehicles after a breakdown or accident, as needed or as skills allow. Maintains part usage records and orders repair parts from designated suppliers. May be required to maintain small parts storeroom. Notifies supervisor of potentially dangerous equipment and corrective action taken. May direct work on an as needed basis of less skilled technicians. All other duties as assigned.

Health Insurance Offered
North America Central School Bus offers four medical plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL).
Dental Insurance Offered
The dental benefits are provided by Guardian Life Insurance Company.
Vision Insurance Offered
The vision benefits are provided by Guardian using the Davis Vision Network.
Retirement Plan Offered
The 401(k) plan is administered through The Principal Group. NACSB will match $.50 for each $1.00 invested up to a maximum of 6% of your annual salary. You may enroll on the first day of the month after your 90th day of employment or at the 1st of the month every month thereafter.
Sick Leave Offered
Full-time hourly paid employees will begin accruing sick days after 90 days of employment. Sick days will accrue at a rate of 1⁄2 day/month during the fiscal year for a maximum of five (5) days. Sick days may not be accumulated after the maximum is reached, and may be used only in case of illness, disability, or doctors’ appointments of the employee or his/her immediate family.
Vacation Offered
Vacation days are earned in the company’s fiscal year of July 1-June 30. Vacation eligibility increases with length of service and is reflected in the schedule below: • 1-5 years = 10 vacation days, earned at the rate of .833 days per month • 6-10 years = 15 vacation days, earned at the rate of 1.25 days per month • 11 + years = 20 vacation days, earned at the rate of 1.67 days per month Two days of paid leave of the employee’s choice, per benefit year will be granted to all full-time employees who have worked for the Company as a full-time employee for at least 90 days.
Paid Holidays Offered
Full time employees are granted nine paid holidays. To be eligible for holiday pay, employees must work the last scheduled day immediately preceding and the first scheduled day immediately following the holiday. The Company will grant holiday time off to full time employees on the holidays listed below: • New Year’s Eve (December 31) • New Year’s Day (January 1) • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May) • Independence Day (July 4) • Labor Day (First Monday in September) • Thanksgiving (Fourth Thursday in November) • Day after Thanksgiving • Christmas Eve (December 24) • Christmas Day (December 25)
ST / LT Disability Offered
North America Central School Bus provides short term disability at no additional cost to you. Short term disability provides financial protection in the unfortunate event that you become disabled and are unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury. All short term disability claims are subject to approval and may be approved for up to 26 weeks. Short term disability is calculated as a percentage of your base salary with a maximum amount of $325 per week. VOLUNTARY LONG TERM DISABILITY You must be actively at work (able to perform all normal duties of your job) to be eligible for long term disability coverage. If you become disabled while covered under this policy, there is an elimination period before benefits are payable. Benefits begin 180 days after the onset of your disabling injury or illness. The LTD benefit is equivalent to 60% of your before-tax monthly earnings, not to exceed $5,000.
Life Insurance Offered
North America Central School Bus has partnered with Guardian to provide a Basic Term Life benefit equal to 1x your annual salary up to a maximum of $50,000. This coverage is provided at no cost to you.
Uniforms Offered
We do provide uniforms for our technicians.
Other Offered
Working in a business that makes a difference in children's and the communities lives.

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