3701 96th Street SW
LAKEWOOD, WASHINGTON 98503
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Updated: July 06, 2021
Job Classification: Transit Operator Trainee
Pierce Transit application process is closed. Testing is by invitation only. All candidates must take the START exam through National Testing Network prior to August 2, 2021.
The department requires the candidate Transit Suitability Assessment. You can access the Assessment through your candidate account. The Transit Suitability Assessment must be completed by the closing date or you may not be considered further in the process.
*** PRIOR TO SCHEDULING A VIRTUAL EXAM, please review the Virtual Testing information page to ensure your system meets the requirements. Do not schedule a virtual exam if your system does not meet the requirements.***
***Please direct all inquiries to the NTN Candidate Support team. Candidate Support can be reached at 855-821-3761.***
Salary Information: $18.66/hr
Benefit Information: Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement, Deferred Compensation, Vacation leave, sick leave
US Citizen: No, must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US
High School Grad/GED: No
Valid WASHINGTON State Driver's License: Yes
Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes
Vision: DOT physical vision check
Academy Certification: No
Job Description: Pierce Transit drivers have been assisting people who are on the go in Pierce County for over 35 years. The first step to becoming a driver begins with an application to become a Relief Transit Operator (RTO). If you are selected for this role you will receive paid training from the experts who will ensure that you gain hands-on experience and are fully prepared for success. Upon completion of the six-week training course, you will be eligible and in line to be promoted to full-time positions based on your seniority.
As a Trainee you will initially be paid at $18.66 per hour. The pay rate gets better quickly! The hourly rate increases to $20.72 upon successful completion of the first three phases of training when Trainees graduate to the role of Relief Transit Operator (RTO). After successfully completing the probationary period, (6 months/1040 hours), you will look forward to earning $22.03 per hour.
As Transit Operator positions open up they are filled by Relief Transit Operators on the basis of seniority. As a full time Transit Operator, the hourly salary begins at $25.03 per hour. Our Transit Operators salary range is currently going up to $31.76 per hour, which equals a base annual salary of $66,060.00, plus benefits.
As a Relief Transit Operator, you will be a member of a very important team that is relied on to drive routes in the absence of the regular full-time operators. The work of the RTO ensures that the operation continues to run smoothly while the regular drivers are attending training, on temporary assignments, taking vacation or other leave, or away for other reasons.
While many of our Operators choose to remain in that role, many others have pursued a variety of opportunities and have become supervisors, managers and executives throughout the agency.
Relief Transit Operators are eligible for benefits and guaranteed at least 25 hours of work per week. Our current Relief Transit Operators work 35 hours per week and sometimes more, although hours in excess of 25 are not guaranteed and will depend on the needs of the Agency in any given week.
Essential Functions: The following functions are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.