The field of mechanics fascinates you, and heavy vehicles, even more so… Bus transport companies need you!
The bus mechanic is responsible for:
- Performing general mechanics, according to the laws applicable to heavy vehicles
- Performing diagnostics and making repairs
- Carrying out the inspection required by the PMP, if required
- Completing work orders
- DEP/AEC in heavy vehicle or automotive mechanics
- Valid class 5 driver’s licence (some employers require class 2)
- Hold a PMP (Preventive Maintenance Program) card: an asset or required
- Specialization in bus or coach mechanics: an asset
- Experience in diagnosing and resolving electrical problems: an asset
- Halocarbons certificate: an asset
- Sound knowledge of vehicle electronic systems
- General computer knowledge
- Own a toolbox (furnished or not, depending on the employer)
Mechanic positions are usually full-time permanent positions.
Wages and benefits vary from one company to the next. Ranges from $27,000 to $60,000 per year.
Many employers offer an allowance for tools and boots.
The work uniform is usually provided.
Continuing education is usually offered by the employer.
Preventive Maintenance Program (PMP)
The SAAQ recognizes any PMP in lieu of mandatory periodic mechanical inspections and regular vehicle maintenance.
Many transport companies hold a recognized PMP.
During maintenance under the PMP, the mechanic must inspect, adjust, or replace, if necessary, the defective components of the vehicle in question according to the PMP.
Additional qualifications of the “PMP mechanic”
Mechanics assigned to the preventive maintenance of heavy vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 7,258 kg must meet at least one of the following conditions:
- hold a vocational study diploma in automobile mechanics recognized by the MEES and have 2 years of relevant experience in the repair of road vehicle mechanisms, particularly the suspension, steering, and braking systems; and/or
- have 5 years of relevant experience in the repair of road vehicle mechanisms, particularly the suspension, steering, and braking systems; and/or
- hold a certificate of competency issued by the SAAQ.