Reports to: Contract Manager, or Lead Driver or Site Supervisor
School bus drivers provide a safe, reliable, clean and courteous school bus transportation to the public. School bus drivers must conduct pre-post trip bus safety inspections, adjust safety devices, operate radios, and operate a 27,000 gross vehicle weight rated school bus.
- Ability to read and comprehend the English language, to identify road signs, read necessary forms, bus route materials, bus inspection forms, and company policies and procedures manual.
- Possess basic math skills to keep records of mileage, transfer odometer reading, and calculate fuel usage. Must be able to count children on buses (1 through 77).
- Ability to write legibly in the English Language to maintain necessary records and forms as outlined by the company policy.
- Ability to safely execute repetitious climbing in and out of a bus including the ability to evacuate the bus from the rear emergency door.
- Ability to operate a wheelchair lift, properly strap and lock wheelchair in place which requires, bending, pulling, stretching, and mechanical skills to operate safety equipment.
- Able to safely operate a 16 to 77 passenger school bus and company sedan vehicles.
- Able to lift and move a student.
- Able to coordinate two or more physical operations simultaneously such as maneuvering a bus while operating controls, brake engagement, and operate a bus with automatic transmission.
- Communicate with children in the English language to maintain control and give precise instructions.
- Communicate with school principals and parents in the English language to discuss problems which arise on the bus.
- Able to use a two-way radio to transmit and receive messages from the central dispatcher.
- Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously such as drive while concentrating on safety of children, read road signs, and be aware of traffic conditions and stay on schedule.
- Must be able to jump out of a bus (3-foot drop) and climb from emergency door.
- Have the ability to walk forward and backward in the bus without assistance.
- You will be tested on emergency evacuation procedures.
- Must be able to tolerate hot and cold weather.
- Ability to work in an environment with limited to moderate level of supervision and an atmosphere of informal autonomy: This requires an adaptability to variable pressures and paces in any given workday.
- Able to perform multiple task simultaneously while concentrating on safety of children, as well as their physical, mental, or emotional needs.
- Be able to tolerate diesel fuel fumes, odors, and moderate dust conditions
Activity: Pre-and Post-trip inspection of the bus, loading and unloading of students.
Longest Single Duration: 10 Minutes.
Terrain: Gravel/blacktop/Concrete and/or bus aisle 22 steps to the back of the bus. Bus aisle is 12 wide.
Total Time: 3-7 hours.
Activity: While driving bus.
Longest Single Duration: 2 hours.
Type of Seat: 17 x 17 bus seat that offers vibrations. Seat set back 40 from the accelerator and break. Seat will adjust 12 before steering Colum.
Activity: Must lift wheelchair dependent children during emergency situations (50 lbs.).
Activity: Grasping wheelchair handles
Frequency: 6 to 8 times per day (more frequent on handicap buses)
Handle Height: 30 to 42 inches
Handle Distance: Body width plus area for walking
Securement of parking brake, wheelchair, lap belt etc.
Bending or stooping:
Activity: For pre-post trip inspection purposes. Employee must negotiate body level changes i.e. bending and stooping, to inspect bus, securement of wheelchair, lap belt and other safety restraints.
Activity: Climbing in and out of the bus.
Frequency: 6 to 8 times per day. More frequent if on handicap bus.
Note: Three 12 steps each approximately.
Activity: To turn on ignition 18" from steering wheel.
Operate left side control panel, emergency exits and service door. Operate lights - 18" forward reach. Operate radio - overhead reach to 45" from top of seat.
Activity: Must distinguish colors of electric traffic signals to determine red, yellow, and green.
Visual sight must be maintained with currently State and Federal requirements.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Workday hours are 4 - 8 hours per day.