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Director, Vehicle Maintenance

November 05, 2010 - March 23, 2011
Location:Columbus, OH
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Vehicle Maintenance

This position is responsible for managing COTA's Vehicle Maintenance Department programs and for overseeing all maintenance activities of revenue and non-revenue fleet contributing to the operational preparedness of buses necessary for meeting COTA's transit service commitments.


Directs, oversees, and monitors all vehicle maintenance operations and activities to ensure a sufficient number of buses are available to meet service commitments; develops and implements preventative and predictive maintenance programs that contribute to the safety, cleanliness, and reliability of the Authority's bus fleet; monitors and evaluates fleet reliability and effectiveness on an on-going basis to improve equipment failures and on-time performance.

Oversees technical studies to enhance engineering design, vehicle performance, and parts longevity ensuring that authority vehicles are in accordance with both federal and state safety regulations and industry standards.

Assumes a leadership role in the development of a maintenance plan and philosophy for the Department to improve planning and performance; development and implementation of a comprehensive maintenance training program; leads the vehicle maintenance department staff in establishing a process of continuous improvement in maintenance practices while building trust and a high level of communication among employees.

Identifies the short-and long-term vehicle equipment needs of the Authority to meet organizationally agreed upon levels and quality of service; establish goals and standards to improve efficiency and productivity; directs and monitors all capital and operating budget activities of the department.

Maintains effective labor relations through prudent and equitable contract administration; adjudicate grievances and complaints in a timely, consistent and fair manner in accordance with bargaining agreement provisions.

Works closely with the Vice President of Operations to provide a vision, innovative and progressive technological ideas to improve maintenance operations and revenue service.

Assists COTA in achieving its affirmative action goals and in eliminating discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or handicap.

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Automotive, Electronics, Public Administration, Business Administration, Transportation or related field required.

Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in vehicle maintenance operations management to include experience directing and managing a professional staff involved with maintenance and one (1) year of labor relations experience required. Three to five (3-5) years experience in managing fleet operations in a transit environment, preferred. A viable combination of education and experience will be considered.

Must have project management skills and willing to be trained.

Must have demonstrated experience in analytical and conceptual skills to find solutions to maintenance problems and operating efficiencies; ability to articulate, write, and present business case rationalizations based on data, industry trends and benchmarks to improve maintenance operations.

Must have experience with successful preventative and predictive maintenance programs in a transportation-related environment.

Must have knowledge of budget preparation; be able to read and interpret technical specifications regarding bus parts and related equipment and be able to manage acquisition of technical equipment.

Must have knowledge of labor relations and contract negotiations; must rapidly become knowledgeable of the labor union contract with TWU of America, Local 208 and have the ability to follow its specifications.

Needs to be a good public speaker that can speak in front of internal and external groups effectively. Must be able to work with external organizations.

Must have advanced supervisory and human relations skills to effectively and sensitively communicate with all levels of supervisory and non-supervisory employees, contractors, vendors, government entities, the community, and others internal and external to the Authority.

Must be familiar with automated maintenance information systems, inventory systems, purchasing practices, and enterprise wide asset management software.

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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