Vehicle Technology Specialist (Zero Emissions)

Requisition Number:  6901
Pay Rate:  N/A

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Operations

Basic Function

Under the direct supervision of the Manager, Technical Services, this position is responsible for evaluating technologies, which improve vehicle performance, comply with emission regulations performance, reduce expenditures, and ensures METRO’s position of keeping current with available vehicle technologies with an emphasis on zero emissions. Investigates and resolves systemic issues with fleet vehicles.  Oversees and instructs mechanics and technicians in testing programs in accordance with Maintenance operating procedures.  Responsible for vehicle fluid analysis programs and reporting.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Responsible for the evaluation of new technologies, and the testing and evaluation of systems, components, and lubricants/additives for METRO Bus Maintenance.
  • Participates with federal and state regulatory agencies in the development of alternative fuel, ADA, vehicle emissions and related legislation.  
  • Develops and responds to required reports from federal and state regulatory agencies regarding alternative fuel and other issues, as necessary.
  • Responsible for scheduling and managing projects from inception to completion.
  • Assists in the development and budget monitoring of all vehicle technology projects for the Maintenance Support Division, with a focus on zero emissions projects.
  • Develops and makes presentations concerning various maintenance issues, both internally and externally for METRO.
  • Researches and performs root cause analysis to resolve systemic issues among fleet model types.  
  • Identifies bus maintenance skill deficiencies and arranges for pertinent training and technical assistance on zero emission buses.
  • Assists with the development of testing zero emissions programs and special projects.
  • Coordinates the resolution of issues with the Director, Maintenance Support Services, Bus Maintenance staff and Bus Maintenance BOF’s.
  • Initiates and coordinates purchases with Procurement/Contracts and Central Stores.  Investigates opportunities for cost savings.  Develops and implements plans to achieve cost savings.
  • Maintains all records relative to zero emissions projects and provides documentation and briefings as required.
  • Interfaces and coordinates with vendors, contractors, users, and internal personnel as related to zero emissions projects.
  • Gathers and collates current and incoming information from maintenance related in-house programs.
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • Applies SMS (Safety Management System) methods and principles in daily routine and supports all aspects of the agency’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP).
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

High school diploma or GED is required.  Additional vocational training in heavy diesel mechanics is preferred.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum seven (7) years progressive diagnostic/repair heavy duty vehicle maintenance experience to include extensive powertrain, breaking, charging and HVAC systems maintenance.  Experience to include a minimum of two (2) years zero emissions/renewable technologies.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Extensive knowledge of heavy-duty vehicle design and operating systems. Detailed knowledge of quality control/heavy duty vehicle maintenance technologies, procedures, diagnostic systems and zero emissions/renewable technologies.  Good communications (written/verbal) and interpersonal skills.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).  Knowledge of SAP software preferred.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Houston