Vehicle & Equipment Mechanic - 3rd Class (0603)

Category:  Vehicle Mechanic (bus, rail, car)
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Nov 13, 2023
Req ID:  809


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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region. SEPTA has become an integral force in the economic success of the Philadelphia region, providing an efficient and reliable source of transportation. 


We are seeking candidates for the position of Vehicle & Equipment Mechanic - 3rd Class (0603) in the .    


*Starting Pay Rate: $20.27/hour -  progressing to $33.78 after 48 Months, based on applicable contract.




Diagnoses and repairs buses and related equipment.


  1. Performs diagnosis of average mechanical, electrical and pneumatic trouble.
  2. Makes unit replacements and adjustments on vehicle equipment. 
  3. Makes repairs incidental to state inspections.
  4. Replaces such items as diaphragms, slack adjusters, application valves, air hoses; front axle assembles, quick releases and relay valves, mufflers, exhaust pipes, etc.
  5. Adjusts brakes and clutches; uses feelers to tolerance of .002 in; checks assembly for concentricity.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.  
  • Graduate from an accredited technical school in the automotive repair field with certification required. 
  • In lieu of recent certification from accredited technical school in related field, one year of work experience in the repair of gas or diesel engines is an acceptable equivalent.
  • Must satisfactorily complete qualification and performance tests including written Mechanic Knowledge Test.
  • Must possess tools pertinent to occupation.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License Class and be able to obtain a CDL (SEPTA will provide CDL training).
  • Must be able to work a varied shift.


  • State inspection and current emissions licenses preferred. 




SEPTA offers a comprehensive benefits and retirement program for ALL employees, including: 

  • Medical – “Minimal annual premium contribution” 


Benefit plans with “No Employee annual premium contribution”: 

  • Prescription 

  • Dental 

  • Vision 


Additional benefits we offer: 

  • Pension Plan / Retirement Savings 

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan 

  • Voluntary Governmental 457B Deferred Comp Plan 

  • Life Insurance 

  • Tuition Reimbursement 

  • SEPTA Transportation Pass – FREE travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation 

  • SEPTA employees qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program 


SEPTA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia