Bus Driver (Coach Operator)- Full Time

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 11 months ago(7/3/2019 5:27 PM)
# of Openings
Job Location : Location



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recruitment process for this position has been placed on hold. However, we are still accepting applications at this time and will notify you once we resume recruiting efforts. 



About OCTA:


The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Orange County’s primary transportation agency. It’s our job to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance the quality of life and keep Orange County moving. Operating in a 798 square-mile area, we serve more than 3 million residents in 34 cities and unincorporated areas. Our responsibilities extend to all forms of transportation, including bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, planned future rail, including street cars, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, freeway, street and road improvement projects, motorist services and regulating taxi operations. OCTA has been recognized for excellence in the public transportation industry by the American Public Transportation Association and has been honored with awards from local and national organizations for our transportation improvements. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork/partnership, communication, customer focus, can-do spirit and safety.




Responsible for safely operating all types of agency motor coaches and on-board equipment to transport passengers over specified routes.


The hourly rate for this position is:

  • $18.25/Hour - Starting wage
  • $19.01/Hour - After completion of six (6) months
  • $28.67/Hour - Top rate after 60 months


This position will remain open until filled.




This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.


  • Safely operates a motor coach on a specified route, making required stops for passengers at designated terminals and stops.
  • Maintains time schedules; issues transfers and collects fares.
  • Assists passengers by answering bus service questions; announcing transfer points, major intersections, and destination points; assists persons with disabilities to board and depart the coach and provides assistance to passengers as may be required to ensure optimum customer service and courtesy.
  • Complies with written and posted traffic regulations and agency policies and procedures.
  • Records and reports needed motor coach adjustments or repairs.
  • Completes and submits accident and trouble reports on date accident or trouble occurred.
  • Reports accidents, law violations, and other incidents, as appropriate.
  • Performs related duties as required.


In order to complete the application process, upload your current DMV K4 printout as a document utilizing the "Upload Resume" button on your application profile.  You do not need to submit a resume for this position. Your current DMV K4 printout must be issued not more than 30 days prior to your application submittal.  DMV online printouts not accepted.  Your application will not be reviewed until your DMV K4 printout is received. 


At the time of application, you must provide evidence of meeting the following state-mandated requirements for a Commercial Driver License or Permit:


Applicants may apply with a Class C driver’s license.



The Authority reviews your driving history against a high standard and will be considered acceptable if you meet the following requirements:

  • No DMV points within 3 years from your application date.
  • No accidents where applicant contributed to cause within 3 years from your application date.
  • Have appeared in court, as requested.
  • Have paid fines, as requested.

Are free from any serious traffic convictions such as:

  • Evading an officer
  • Hit and run
  • Excessive speed
  • Speed contest
  • Reckless driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • And driving under the influence

This list is not all inclusive. Other violations and/or accidents will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be cause for non-selection.





At the time of application, must provide evidence of meeting the following state-mandated requirements for a Commercial Driver License or Permit:

  • Minimum age of 21.
  • 1 year customer service experience and or driving.
  • Physical strength and dexterity to complete the physical aspects of the job.Demonstrated regular & successful work history.
  • Provide a DMV print-out of the driver's record, issued not more than 30 days prior to date of application.
  • Physical strength and dexterity to complete the physical aspects of the required training program.


Special Qualifications:


All applicants must successfully complete the Student Coach Operator Training program to qualify for full or part-time employment. All applicants and employed coach operators must possess and maintain a valid California Commercial Driver License Class A or B with "P" (passenger) endorsement, with no air brake restrictions.


Knowledge of:

  • California State Motor Vehicle Code.
  • Principles and practices of public relations and customer service.
  • Verbal and written communications skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.


Ability to:

  • Pass the state-mandated physical performance tests which include the ability to: safely and effectively conduct motor coach pre-operation inspection grasp and turn steering wheel in both directions; reach and operate floor and instrument panel controls; correctly operate electronic fare and transfer equipment; correctly operate on-board communications equipment; extend, operate, and secure all types of wheelchair lifts mounted on OCTA vehicles; manipulate an occupied disabled person's mobility equipment to an on-board location and properly secure with installed constraint apparatus, lift, close, and secure access doors and panels during equipment inspection procedures; push/pull 90+ pounds.
  • Understand and follow oral and written communications.
  • Work varying shifts, hours, days, and locations.
  • Make basic arithmetic calculations.
  • Speak, read, and write in English.
  • Complete various required forms.
  • Analyze a variety of situations occurring en route and/or involving public safety to adopt an effective course of action.


Safety Sensitive:

Positions in this job classification are considered safety sensitive and are subject to drug and alcohol testing, including but not limited to pre-employment testing, post-accident testing and random testing, under Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) drug and alcohol regulations, and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, 49 CFR Part 40 and Part 655. Please refer to the OCTA Drug and Alcohol Policy Manual for additional information.



OCTA is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.



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