Winnipeg Transit is accepting applications for
Posting No. 109905 from May 17, 2013 – June 7, 2013.
- Earn over $45,000/year
- Starting salary is $17.48 an hour
- Fully paid 6 week training program
- Guaranteed full time hours
- Excellent benefits
- 3 WEEKS VACATION AFTER 1 YEAR
- Grade 10 education
- A full valid class 5 driver’s license, with 0 demerits
- Ability to obtain a class 2 driver’s license with airbrake endorsement
- A clear criminal record
- Canadian Citizenship or permanent residency
- Available to work a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends
- Sincere desire to serve the public
- Great people skills
- Mature judgment and a keen sense of responsibility
- Demonstrated employment stability
The Bus Operator selection process includes:
- Recruitment test
- Driving suitability evaluation
- Competency based interview
- Functional and medical assessment, which includes drug & alcohol testing
- Successful completion of past and present employer reference checks
- Criminal record check
Click this link to view additional information on the Bus Operator selection process.
We seek diversity in our workplace. Aboriginal persons, women, visible minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to self-declare.
- Current detailed resume with an e-mail address
- Legible photocopy of a valid driver’s license
- Original copy of a driver’s abstract
- Driver Safety Rating Movement History form
Step 1: Complete and submit the online application form.
Click the following link to be redirected to the City of Winnipeg Online Application Form. Using the browser Internet Explorer will enable you to properly view and submit the form.
Step 2: Submit the required documentation listed above.
Applications may be submitted by mail or in person to:
Attention: Recruitment Coordinator
421 Osborne Street
Applying in Person
You may apply in person at the reception desk of our main office building located at 421 Osborne Street. Have all required documentation as noted above with you and be prepared to complete an application form that will be provided to you at reception.
Overview of the Bus Operator Position
Although there are many rewards to being a Transit Bus Operator, there are also many challenges. Some of these challenges are due to the seniority-based system that determines a Bus Operator’s hours of work, vacation time and days off. Other challenges are due to the nature of the job itself. These challenges can impact the Bus Operator’s personal and family life.
Following is a description of what the new Bus Operator may expect:
- Winnipeg Transit operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year. New Bus Operators are required to work weekends and holidays, and days off may not be consecutive or consistent.
- Though there are buses on the road 24 hours a day, the majority of shifts take place between 5 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. New Bus Operators work both day and night shifts, at times changing from one to the other with little notice.
- Daily work assignments are between 7.5 and 8.5 hours long and are often split shifts that consist of two or three pieces of work, taking more than 12 hours to complete.
- The new Bus Operator can expect to be placed on what is known as the spare board. In this position, work assignments can change daily, hourly and, at times, on very short notice. Each Bus Operator is guaranteed to work 75 hours biweekly, subject to certain conditions.
- Each new Bus Operator receives three weeks vacation after the first year, however, the choice of when they are taken is limited by seniority and operational requirements.
- Weather conditions, construction, traffic, difficult passengers and following a set schedule can create daily challenges.
- Bus Operators work under limited supervision.
In addition to the challenges, there are significant rewards to being a Transit Bus Operator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much can I expect to earn while in training?
A: You will receive an hourly rate of $13.22 while training.
Q: Once I have completed training, what is the starting hourly rate for Bus Operators?
A: The starting hourly rate for Bus Operators is $17.48 for the first 12 months.
Q: What is the maximum hourly rate I can expect to earn as a Bus Operator?
A: Following 4 years of service the maximum hourly rate is currently $24.38.
Q: How long is the training program?
A: The training program consists of 32 days of training; 11 days classroom training, 13 days of in-vehicle training, and 8 days of route training.