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PUBLIC TRANSIT
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Fare Technician, Heavy-Duty Bus Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic, Overhead Technicians, Rail Vehicle Mechanic Technicians, Traction/Substation Technicians & Signal Technicians
 
PublicTransit.pngJob Description
Fare technicians clean and repair fare registers used in rapid transit railway stations. They disassemble, clean, replace defective parts, repair, reassemble and maintain registers.
 
Heavy-duty bus mechanics inspect, repair and maintain diesel and liquefied natural gas buses. They maintain and repair electrical systems, air systems, heating and cooling systems, brake systems, suspensions, steering systems, wheelchair lifts, engines and transmissions.
 
Maintenance mechanics repair and replace defective parts, maintain and test mechanical equipment- such as engines and motors including electrical equipment. They install special functional and structural parts in devices. Apprentices must pass the Oregon State Electrical Board´s Limited Maintenance Electrician license at the completion of the program.
 
Overhead technicians, rail vehicle mechanic technicians and traction/substation technicians all install, maintain and test electrical wiring and equipment such as motors, generators, air conditioning units, electrical outlets and lighting fixtures of light rail vehicles.
 
Signal technicians inspect, test and repair electrical gate crossings, signals and signal equipment.
 
Working Conditions
All public transit positions are located in the Tri-Met Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District in Portland. Most of the positions work inside the shop, although the mechanics may do some outside work and the signal technicians work primarily outside. Many work with or around electricity and heavy equipment. The working conditions may be greasy, dirty and dusty and exposure to solvents and exhaust is common. The work is often done in awkward and cramped positions.
 
 
Apprenticeship Committees  
 

MA# 1061

Union

Tri-Met Heavy Duty Bus Mechanic JATC

Phone: 503-962-6497

Area 1

MA# 1078

Union

Tri-Met Rail Maint/Vehi/Mech/Tech JATC

Phone: 503-962-8116

Area 1