We stopped by the Omnitrans classroom today to meet our two newest student coach operators who have just started their training. Over the next few weeks, we’ll touch base with them and Fleet Safety and Training Instructor Jami Cisneros to find out how they’re coming along.
Ying-Sheng Chen is a Certified Nurse Assistant who previously worked in a nursing home, caring for the elderly. He decided to switch careers because Omnitrans offers a better salary, benefits and more opportunities for growth.
Janae Jackson is an experienced driver who comes to us from the cross-country trucking industry. She’s making the move to public transit so she can be closer to her family.
Both Ying-Sheng and Janae were selected from a group of twenty job applicants after undergoing an extensive 8-step screening process that identified them as the best of all potential candidates. Now that they are hired, they must successfully complete 5-6 weeks of classroom and on the road training before graduating to full-fledged coach operator.
Here’s a quick look at our 8 -step screening process, which helps us select those individuals best suited to become coach operators.
Step 1 – The Application
Surprisingly, many candidates are immediately eliminated in this first step because they have either failed to fill out portions of the application or have neglected to sign it. It is absolutely vital that you provide all the information requested in order to ensure your application isn’t passed over as incomplete.
Step 2 – The Minimum Qualifications
In order to even be considered for a coach operator position, an applicant must be 21 or older and have no more than 2 points within a 3 year period within 10 years of driving time. A recent (not more than 30 days old) DMV-H6 form must be attached to the application form to even be considered for the position.
Step 3 -The Testing
Omnitrans does extensive testing on all applicants to assess their work ethic, customer service, and driving skills. Those that pass the examination are placed on an eligibility list for a period of up to one year.
Step 4 – The Interview
An interview date is scheduled. When the applicant arrives, they will participate in two sets of interviews, one with an HR representative and one with our operations department management team. An outstanding work ethic, strong driving skills, and excellent customer service all figure prominently in the selection process.
Step 5 – The Background Check
A background check is completed on all applicants to ensure they are candidates in good standing.
Step 6 – The Pre-Assessment
Candidates are asked to perform several physical tasks that will determine if they can perform the essential job functions of a Coach Operator. This could include such physical tasks as the ability to lift a certain amount of weight, simulating the tie down of a wheelchair, and having the ability to walk up and down steps repeatedly.
Step 7 – The Physical Screening
Our Occupational Health Provider administers a DOT physical exam and DOT drug test. All candidates being considered for employment for all positions within the organization must successfully pass a physical examination and drug test before they are hired.
Step 8 – The Permit
Candidates must obtain a Class B driving permit with air brakes and passenger endorsement prior to employment.
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