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Campus Bus Driver Mechanic - IDEA Weslaco (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: IDEA Weslaco
Region: Lower Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Role Mission: The Bus Driver Mechanic (CBDM) will provide basic level solutions of repairs and/or diagnose to the campus bus fleet to ensure the availability of units to be in safe operating condition meeting district, state and federal requirements and criteria with the guidance of the District Mechanic. The CBDM will also drive a school bus while ensuring the entire campus fleet is always maintained in a safe operating condition.


What We Offer




  • Compensation for this role is set at an hourly rate ranging betweenb$17.44 for 0 years of experience and $21.80
  • This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment.


Other Benefits:

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include:


  • Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability.
  • Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost.


Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, generous vacation time, referral bonuses and professional development. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.


What You Bring -- Competencies:

  • Communication – effectively conveys information using a variety of channels and techniques
  • Organization – keeps self and others organized through development of efficient systems
  • Problem Solving – able to synthesize, analyze, and prioritize data and opportunities to develop strategies for achieving quantifiable goals
  • Continuous Improvement – proactively identifies opportunities to improve and consistently reflects on past actions to guide future decisions


  • Education:  High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience:  Minimum 1 years’ experience as Diesel Mechanic (preferred)
  • License or Certification: Valid Class A or B Driver’s License with “P” and “S” endorsements, DOT Physical Examination, & State Region Certification


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge and Skills: One (1) year of experience within the diesel or automotive industry
  • Must be able to execute the following mechanic skills and duties:
    • PM inspections
    • Change lights
    • Basic electrical diagnostics, Power/ Ground 2 wire circuits
    • Knowledge of Proper fluid levels
    • Oil changes without supervision
    • Belts/ hoses
    • Battery replacement
    • Replace Synovia parts
    • Computer literate (Service Finder, email, excel)
    • Minor repairs, Alternators, coolant reservoirs, Brakes
    • Window tint (can be trained on the job)
    • Seat repairs (patch work, cover and foam replacement)


What You’ll DoAccountabilities:


Make sure bus fleet is in in good working conditions and meeting district, state and federal requirements

  • Ensure campuses fleet are in operational condition before using it to transport students
  • Campus Mechanics will seek advice from District Mechanic for any minor repairs on school buses
  • Maintain accurate records of operation work orders

Maintain fleet in safe operating condition while having a 7% savings on maintenance cost over previous year

  • Operate within the budget parameters set by the Campus Transportation Manager
  • Work together with Transportation Manager and District Mechanic to have an accurate inventory of all parts at the campuses level
  • Maintain a continuous education and upgrades in diesel engines provided by your District Mechanic 

Must be able to lead team and hold them accountable of their work performance

  • Have an open communication channel with Transportation Manager of campuses they are assisting
  • Able to communicate positively with coworkers and be able to accept positive and negative feedback from District Mechanic and Transportation Manager regarding properly handling school buses

Must manage multiple tasks by prioritize work

  • Adapting to changing environments while performing various tasks and by prioritizing work
  • Overseeing various tasks simultaneously within established time constraints

Safely transports students

  • Drives a school bus safely in accordance with scheduled times
  • Maintains proper discipline of students
  • Established safety and operational inspection of assigned vehicle daily
  • Oversees the loading and unloading of students, releasing students to authorized individual; assures that safety belts are fastened in passenger vans

We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students 


About IDEA Public Schools 


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to a multi-state network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools.    


IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves over 80,000 college-bound students in 143 schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.     


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality. 


At IDEA the Staff Culture and Belonging Team uses our Core Values to promote human connection and a culture of integrity, respect, and belonging for all Team and Family membersLearn more about our Commitment to Core Values here:


To Apply 


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