Light Rail Vehicle Body And Paint Technician

Trimet Public Transportation Gresham , OR 97030

Posted 1 week ago


The Light Rail Vehicle Body and Paint Technician is dedicated to the repair and maintenance of TriMet's 145-car fleet of Light Rail Vehicles (LRV). This position's responsibilities include the repainting of LRV exteriors, the refurbishment of LRV interiors, and the repair of collision damage.

Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.

Serve as a good steward of TriMet by regularly utilizing our transit system to maintain a strong and current understanding of customers' experiences and of TriMet's product and service offerings.

Essential Functions

1.Follow supervisors' instructions as to assigned LRV body shop work tasks, and how much time each assigned task should take. Review LRV damage reports and inspect LRVs for body or frame damage or deterioration and scope of needed repairs. Plan carbody or frame repair work to be performed.

2.Sand carbody areas to be painted, or to be covered with carbody vinyl wrap. Cover windows, trim, molding, and other parts to prepare the carbody for installation of vinyl wrapping, performed by others.

3.Remove and replace all vehicle parts and accessories necessary to complete carbody and frame repairs.

4.Fit and weld replacement parts in to place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grind down welds to smooth them using power grinders and other tools.

5.Perform sheet metal fabricating to complete body and frame repair.

6.Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint spray guns and motorized sanders.

7.Repair and replace vehicle windshields, windows, interior panels, seats, seat cushions, and flooring as necessary.

8.Inspect completed work to ensure desired appearance or proper weld is achieved.

9.Accurately and thoroughly document work performed daily.

  1. Maintain a clean and organized work area.

  2. Use District tools, parts and supplies safely and efficiently. Follow all District safety training and use all District personal protective equipment (PPE) applicable to LRV body shop work tasks.

  3. Perform the duties of a higher or lower classification as required, on a temporary basis.

Position Requirements

A minimum of a High School Diploma/GED or equivalent is required.

A certificate in Auto Collision Repair Technology, including Body Painting, from a Community College is required.

Three (3) years of demonstrated experience in vehicle body repair and painting at a commercial vehicle body / collision repair and paint enterprise or public sector fleet maintenance operation are required.


Or, one (1) year of the above-referenced experience, combined with either of the following:

  • a certificate in Auto Collision Repair Technology, including Body Painting, from a Community College; or
  • combination of a certificate in Auto Collision Repair Technology from a Community College, and a certificate in Auto Body Painting from a Community College.

Possession of a valid and active driver's license for the past three (3) years is required.

The ability to secure an Oregon or Washington CDL Class "B" license, with passenger endorsement and no restrictions on airbrakes is required.

A safe driving record, meeting the established criteria is required.

The ability to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) permit prior to start date is required.

Or any equivalent combination of experience and training. Selection Criteria

1.Knowledge of vehicle body and collision repair and vehicle painting practices and procedures.

2.Knowledge of tools and equipment used to perform vehicle body repairs and vehicle painting.

3.Skills in effectively using and operating tools and equipment required for LRV body shop work.

4.Ability to work with equipment (lifts, ladders) at various heights to perform LRV body shop work.

5.Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written instructions; and work independently under supervision.

6.Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, using principles of good customer service.

7.Must be available to work five (5) consecutive days including Saturday and Sunday and/or holidays; as scheduled.

8.Must be available to work any one of three shifts - day, evening, or night; as scheduled, and report to either of the rail maintenance facilities.

9.Ability to pass required physical examination with drug screen, and meet the physical activity requirements of the job, including routine standing, walking, climbing, pushing, pulling, fine hand and finger manipulations, balancing, lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to sixty-five (65) pounds.

Type of Position/Grade/FLSA

Union, Non-Exempt, Regular full-time, Minimum starting wage: $28.10- $36.02 per hour. Wage will be in accordance with the current Working and Wage Agreement.

Selection Process

Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of:

1.Application Review (Please include: Cover Letter & Resume)

2.Driving Record Review/Education Verification

3.Panel Interview

4.Reference Check

5.Drug Screening

6.Medical Examination

Supplemental Information

Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.

Internal applicants: Employees who meet the minimum qualifications are welcome to apply.

Information in your personnel file will not be used in lieu of information requested on your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans' preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.

If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays' notice prior to the need for accommodation.

TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

ADA Statement

As applied to the workplace, applicants and employees must be qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Essential functions may include required job functions performed infrequently as well as production standards related to the quality and quantity of work.

If a person with a disability could meet job qualifications with a reasonable accommodation, TriMet will work with the employee to accommodate the need. If TriMet's accommodation is effective in allowing the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, it need not be the employee's preferred accommodation.

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