General Foreman (Maintenance)

Requisition Number:  6659
Pay Rate:  N/A

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Operations

Basic Function

Assists the Superintendent, Maintenance with the daily maintenance, preventive maintenance, servicing and cleaning responsibilities of METRO buses at an assigned bus operating facility.  Manages assigned bus maintenance staff.  Maintains budgets, special records, reports, and employee records.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Provides primary managerial direction and performs personnel administrative functions of direct report staff (e.g. training, supervising, work assignments, timesheets, performance evaluations, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining necessary staffing, enhancing productivity of staff and ensuring necessary department outcomes are achieved.
  • Responsible for the daily planning, scheduling and supervision of the mechanical, servicing and cleaning responsibilities performed at the assigned facility.
  • Oversees the Mechanical Foremen, Electronic Systems Specialist, Electronic Technicians and hourly employees in the areas of employee development, manpower scheduling and performance.
  • Oversees the supervision and observes new maintenance employees in their daily responsibilities.
  • Assures sufficient numbers of buses are available for peak service needs and for back-up.
  • Manages and preserves revenue fleet assets.
  • Determines repair priorities and makes recommendations for developing and implementing new methods and procedures to improve fleet safety, operations/production and minimize operating costs.
  • Monitors the accuracy and preservation of repair records, compiles routine reports, and reviews history of the bus fleet to analyze maintenance effectiveness.
  • Inspects fleet for conformance with federal, state OEM and METRO standards.
  • Monitors daily expenditures for materials and supplies.
  • Assists with the preparation and administration of the annual budget and cost-control measures.
  • Emphasizes the importance of safety, bus maintenance, and service quality, mean distance between failures, driver/customer satisfaction and public comments.  Accountable for safe practices to keep employee and vehicle accidents to a minimum.
  • Handles disciplinary actions and resolutions.  May participate and assist the Mechanical Foreman in grievances, hearings, or arbitrations.
  • Handles pay issues, sick time, vacation, miscellaneous pay, and on-the-job injury reporting.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

High school diploma or equivalent.  Additional college courses or supplemental vocational school preferred.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum seven (7) years progressive experience in a public transit (maintenance) environment; to include three (3) years supervisory/management experience.  Experience should include heavy diesel mechanic experience, diesel engine overhaul, preventive maintenance and vehicle repair.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Good interpersonal skills and communications (written/verbal) skills.  Good decision making and organizational skills.  Basic working knowledge of labor agreements and related policies.  General knowledge of PC’s and related software.

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.

Grade 12

Nearest Major Market: Houston