Plainfield, Illinois

First things First: Who are we? 

Twice the size of our next largest competitor, First Student is the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America. Every day, we complete 5 million student journeys, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, maintenance, and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. 

About the Position 

As a Fleet Maintenance Manager with First Student, you will supervise the maintenance and repair of a fleet of school buses. In this role, you will be responsible for supervising technicians and ensuring they are trained on current operating procedures, and that they are properly equipped and motivated so that the maintenance program can be accomplished in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner. Other major responsibilities as Fleet Maintenance Manager will include:

  • Schedule and administer fleet maintenance and assists in troubleshooting problems with vehicles and equipment.
  • Make employment decisions, supervise maintenance staff, delegate the work and handle employee relations
  • Work closely with the location and region management teams providing maintenance status, vehicle availability, and budget updates. Review financial and budget variances and accounts payable documents.
  • Ensure a safe environment exists and all maintenance activities are in compliance with State, Federal and Company requirements.
  • Initiate and implement projects that improve efficiency and/or reduce operating costs.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent; Technical training preferred
  • Valid driver's license
  • 5+ years of hands-on mechanical supervisory experience
  • Industry experience repairing and maintaining automotive and diesel vehicles
  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office
  • ASE Master certification strongly preferred; must be able to obtain while employed
  • Subject to a drug test

First for a Reason  

Benefits 

We offer competitive pay and benefits including physical and mental health initiatives, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), and paid holiday/vacation. Employees also have access to discounts on cell phone plans, new cars, and more through the Perk Spot program!

Professional Advancement 

Start here. Go far. We believe in promoting from within which means tremendous opportunities for you, thanks to our strong presence across North America. In addition, our 18-month Aspiring Manager Program prepares future leaders at First Student or First Transit. 

Extensive Training 

Build skills and knowledge in such areas as safety and security, injury prevention, technology and equipment, and job efficiency. 

Diversity & Inclusion 

Because we’re stronger together, we aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We’re committed to providing an inclusive and diverse working environment for everyone every day. 

Community Service & Impact 

Go where opportunity meets community. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. As the face of First Student, First Transit and First Vehicle Services in your community, you’ll have a positive impact on others. 

Apply today and get your career on the road with First Student!  

 We aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. First is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, First will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance. First is an equal opportunity employer and by doing so we will sustain and promote an inclusive culture that supports future growth for all.  

Plainfield, Illinois

Key facts:

  • We have 100,000 employees across the Group
  • We have revenues of approximately $8.13bn a year
  • We carry 2.1 billion passengers a year
  • We operate, manage or maintain combined fleets of 50,000 vehicles

We have five divisions which draw on common skills and expertise, but which are varied by geography, customer base and a mix of contract and passenger revenue. Our broad footprint in the UK and North America gives us experience of two of the most developed markets in the world for transport services, and a breadth of expertise across different regulatory and contractual environments.

This means we can be confident that, whatever the specific transport challenge is, somewhere across our business we have already identified and implemented a solution which will work.

We have a competitive advantage because of our scale and the diversity of our portfolio of businesses: We design and operate hundreds of networks in partnership with our communities, procure, maintain and operate around 50,000 vehicles; hire, train and manage 100,000 employees; and transported 2.1 billion passengers last year.

Our overall strategy is to leverage our scale and the breadth of our global expertise for the benefit of our local markets. Somewhere in our operation we have already developed best practice for virtually every element of our work. And if we haven’t yet, we have the breadth of employee knowledge and experience to know where to find it.

As well as serving a huge range of passengers in the UK and North America, we work with national governments, state and local authorities, school boards and universities to meet their transport needs. Partnership is at the heart of our success across our businesses. We work closely with procuring authorities, industry partners and communities everywhere, so we can best understand and respond to their specific needs and deliver solutions to congestion, helping stimulate local economies and deliver good value for customers. In turn, stakeholders know that by working with us, they have access to our depth of knowledge and the best of our global expertise.

Each of our businesses has a market-leading position in a sector which is key to driving economic growth and essential to creating strong and sustainable communities. As a private sector operator, we are well placed to deliver the most innovative and efficient solutions to the congestion which results from the growth of urbanization across the world. We continuously improve our performance by sharing best practice across our businesses. This allows us to deliver high quality, safe and reliable services which meet the needs of customers and the communities we serve.

 

“The U.S. military is one of the best-trained workforces in the world. We are very proud to support the brave women and men in our U.S. military by matching talented veterans with opportunities to play a critical role in the educational journey of our nation’s school children.” 

 –Paul Osland, President,

First Student, Inc.

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