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First Transit – Chicago Pace

615 West 41st Street Chicago, IL 60609

About Us

First Transit is a leader in fixed-route, paratransit, shuttle bus, and fleet maintenance services. Our shops are completely paperless utilizing tablets for work orders. Shops are heated and provide a safe work environment. Specialty tools and diagnostic systems are provided. Training and testing for ASEs are provided and paid for. 40 hours of training are paid yearly.

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About Us

First Transit is a leader in fixed-route, paratransit, shuttle bus, and fleet maintenance services. Our shops are completely paperless utilizing tablets for work orders. Shops are heated and provide a safe work environment. Specialty tools and diagnostic systems are provided. Training and testing for ASEs are provided and paid for. 40 hours of training are paid yearly.

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  • Is the shop heated? Air conditioned?

    Heating and AC is not available at this location

  • What is the size of the team I’d be working with?

    The team size for Technicians is 6 in total

  • What are the shop hours and what are the shift timeframes?

    Monday - Friday - 8 hour shifts

  • What tools does the shop provide that are available for all technicians to use?

    Specialty tools and diagnostic equipment

  • What type of break room facility is provided?

    Break room/locker room on site. Including fridge, microwave, table, chairs, coffee maker

  • How many bays does your shop have?

    The shop currently has 5 bays

  • How many repair orders do you average per month?

    We receive an estimated 100 on average per month

  • What is your parts ordering process?

    Part are inventoried. Parts are ordered when they are not in stock and received as soon as possible.

  • What is your policy on side work?

    Communicate - Ok as long as it does not interfere with schedule.

  • Are there any other unique features of the work environment worth noting?

    -

  • Do you offer any skills training or continuing education opportunities?

    ASE Certifications

  • Can you describe opportunities for career growth at your business?

    Opportunities to grow in classification from Tech level 1 to maintenance manager within the first year.

  • Can you describe your performance review process?

    Technicians do a self evaluation followed by a supervisor evaluation every year.

  • What type of safety training is required?

    We provide shop safety training and a 32 hour classroom training to ensure technicians have adequate safety.

  • Can you describe how Techs work with and mentor younger techs?

    Older technicians shadow younger technicians on the vehicle repairs. They are available to answer questions, and to help work through repairs.

  • How does your shop get involved with the local community?

    N/A

  • Do you do anything with local high schools or tech schools to encourage more students to enter the profession?

    We attend job fairs with technical schools such as Lincoln Tech and UTI.

  • Where do you see the shop in five years?

    Operating the top of First Transit

  • Do you have an application form and how long does it typically take to complete?

    Yes, we have an online application that can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes to complete. We are a DOT employer so the application may seem a little lengthy, but we are always happy to assist. You can even complete the application on a computer in our shop.

  • Do you phone screen applicants before doing in-person interviews?

    A manager may ask you a few questions over the phone when they schedule you for an interview, but most questions are saved for the in-person interview.

  • What do your in-person interviews entail?

    You will meet face-to-face with our Maintenance Manager who will ask you questions from a structured interview guide. Interviews take at least 30 minutes to complete.

  • Do you perform background checks, drug screening, or personality tests before hiring an applicant?

    We do have a background check and drug screening process once you accept a job offer.

  • Do you perform a skill assessment before hiring an applicant? If yes, what does it entail?

    No skills assessments are performed.

  • After an in-person interview, approximately how long should I expect to wait for a rejection or an offer?

    You should hear back within a few days of your interview. If you are still waiting on an answer after a week, call or email the manager and they will follow up with you.

  • Approximately how long does the full hiring process take from submitting the application to the time of the hiring decision?

    Depending on where the manager is with reviewing and interviewing candidates, it should take about one week from the time you submit an application to the time a hiring decision is made.

  • A Level Technician
    Pay Range: $0 - $48,860/year ($0.00 - $23.49/hr)
    ($0.00 - $23.49/hr)

    Automotive Tech II Up to $23.50/HR - $2,000 Sign-On Bonus! (Expires: 03/31/22)

  • B Level Technician
    Pay Range: $0 - $54,070/year ($0.00 - $26.00/hr)
    ($0.00 - $26.00/hr)

    Automotive Tech II Up to $26/HR - $2,000 Sign-On Bonus! (Expires: 03/31/22)

Health Insurance Offered First Transit offers three affordable health plans from United Heath Care that included Medical and Pharmacy care. We offer Yellow, Blue, and Green plans which offer your affordability and different price points while offering comprehensive medical coverage.
Dental Insurance Offered First Transit offers two affordable dental plans from Cigna Dental. You may choose from Cigna Dental HMO or a PPO plan.
Vision Insurance Offered First Transit offers two affordable vision plans from VSP. You may choose from the Choice Plan or the Choice Premium Plan. Both plans cover a full array of eyeglasses/frames or contact lenses
Retirement Plan Offered First Transit offers a 401(k) plan with Principal. You may save from 1% to 50% of your earnings as Pre-Tax Savings Contributions or Roth Post-Tax Contributions. Rollovers from prior qualified plans are allowed. Certain limits apply if you are a Highly Compensated Employee. Special catch-up contributions are available if you are age 50 or older during the plan year. Contributions are subject to certain IRS limits. Match: After 1 year of employment; the company will match 50% on the first 6% of your contributions. You are always vested in your own contributions. The company contribution vesting schedule is as follows: After 1 year of service = 33%; After 2 years of service = 67%; After 3 years of service = 100% Withdrawals and Loans are available under the plan.
Sick Leave Offered 48 hours of sick leave per year.
Vacation Offered 1st year - 1 week 2nd year - 2 weeks 5th year - 3 weeks 10th year - 4 weeks
Paid Holidays Offered 10 Paid Holidays New Years Day Martin Luther King Jr Day Labor Day Memorial Day Independence Day Thanksgiving Day Day after Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas Day Floating Holiday
ST / LT Disability Offered First Transit offers both voluntary both Short-Term and Long-Term disability to all employees. The employee-paid option of 70% of your weekly earnings, with no maximum benefit, is available through Lincoln Financial for Short-Term. The Employee-paid options of 40%, 50%, 60% of salary, up to a monthly benefit of $12,000 are available through Lincoln Financial Long-Term.
Life Insurance Offered First Transit offers both voluntary both Short-Term and Long-Term disability to all employees. The employee-paid option of 70% of your weekly earnings, with no maximum benefit, is available through Lincoln Financial for Short-Term. The Employee-paid options of 40%, 50%, 60% of salary, up to a monthly benefit of $12,000 are available through Lincoln Financial Long-Term.
Uniforms Offered Uniforms are provided.
Other Offered -

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