Attend a January Career Fair to explore a job with RideKC

Date:December 12, 2019
Attend a January Career Fair to explore a job with RideKC

Interested in a career on the RideKC team? KCATA is now hiring bus drivers, mechanics and serviceworkers! See a full schedule below. Job info sessions are taking place in January.

During upcoming job information sessions, people can learn about job openings and requirements. We'll provide on-site application assistance, same day pre-interviews and assessments, and next step scheduling. Applicants do not need a CDL to apply, training is provided and paid. 

Every single day our KCATA team provides to the public professional, courteous and reliable opportunity and access through transportation. Our professional Bus Operators, Mechanics, Serviceworkers and staff provide a valuable service to the greater Kansas City area by driving people to work, play, schools, grocery stores and shopping, sporting events, entertainment, doctor appointments and more. It’s a great job, an important job, and a great team!

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of benefits are offered? 

We take pride in ensuring our employees have a safe, fulfilling sorkplace and career that affords a livable wage and long-term savings opportunities for quality of life. Some of our benefits include: 

  • Competitive Pay with Annual Increases
  • Health, Dental, EAP, Short-term Disability and Life Insurance 
  • Paid training to obtain your CDL Class A License (if required)
  • Accrued Paid Time Off, including vacation and sick leave.

Learn more about health and retirement benefits.

Apply Now link to Job Vacancies

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a CDL (Commercial Driver's License) before I apply to become a Bus Operator?

You need to have a permit, not a license, before starting. You'll need a Class B CDL Permit OR Class B CDL with passenger endorsement and no airbrake restriction. We will train you on the rest of it! Other requirements include age 21 or older, High School Diploma or GED, and a valid driver's license with and excellent driving record. You'll need to pass background screenings as well as a physical exam and drug screening. All tests are conducted and paid for by KCATA as part of the application process. For more detailed information on requirements and training, visit our Bus Operator Career Spotlight

How much do Bus Operators earn? 

While training, you'll earn $16.56 per hour. Once you are a full-fledged bus operator, hourly pay rates are based on the type of vehicle an operator drives, as well as how many years someone has been driving. Driving a large bus, operators start at $19.32 per hour and graduate to $27.60 per hour after four years of increases. The rates for smaller buses currently start at $17.94 to and increase to $20.70. The smallest transit vehicles, serving Flex routes and other small bus routes, start at $16.56 per hour.

What about Deisel Mechanics? How does KCATA compare to other employers?

Our mechanics love that KCATA garages are air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Our bus barns are covered and heated. 

Keeping our buses, vehicles and facilities consistently running is an important job in transporting people across the city. KCATA provides clear and consistent expectations in a supportive atmosphere surrounded by knowledgeable and experienced colleagues. Class A Mechanics at KCATA require five years of experience in heavy duty diesel, automotive equipment or aviation/marine repair and maintenance as a journey level mechanic, with a background of actual heavy automotive work experience. See above: Age 21 or older, High School Diploma or GED, Valid Driver’s License with excellent driving record, Ability to pass a physical agility test and knowledge test, Class A CDL permit, DOT, vehicle and background checks.

More details, including pay rates, are available online

What do Serviceworkers do? 

We have Service workers in our Fleet Maintenance department and our Facilties Maintenance department. 

In Fleet Maintenance, service workers perform general cleaning and stripping operations on buses, trucks, and parts, using cleaning machines, other tools, and equipment. They also assist mechanics in the performance of their duties.

Facilities serviceworkers perform general cleaning, maintenance and repairs across the facilities and transit shelters around the region, using cleaning machines and other tools. They assist mechanics in the performance of their duties. They also perform landscaping services on all off-site and on-site properties including mowing, green space planting, maintenance, and snow removal.

More details, including pay rates, are available online

We hope to see you at an upcoming KCATA Career Fair. Walk-in for more information on job openings and requirements.

KCATA Career Fair & Job Information Sessions for Drivers, Mechanics & Serviceworkers 

RideKC Headquarters, 1200 E. 18th Street
On RideKC route 18 Indiana, and close to 71 Prospect and 25 Troost

Friday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
CANCELLED: Friday, Jan. 17
Friday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.