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Auto Equipment Operator Senior

  2024-04-01     University of California Santa Cruz     Santa Cruz  

Auto Equipment Operator Senior


Location: Santa Cruz

Job ID: 62544



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The IRD for this job is: 01-09-2024


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) supports the University's mission by providing access to UC Santa Cruz, acting as fiscal stewards, and managing the sustainable planning, design, and operation of safe and equitable bicycle/pedestrian programs, transit services, parking, and other transportation-related needs. TAPS is dedicated to being innovative, sustainable, and customer-focused providers of access to UC Santa Cruz.

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Under the supervision of the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) Transit Operations Manager and Assistant Transit Managers, drives/operates a variety of passenger vehicles in support of the campus day and night bus service, Disability Van Service, premium transit services, Campus Tours, and Charters on scheduled or non-scheduled routes, on or off campus. The primary purpose of the position is to safely transport staff, faculty, and students who are required to travel on campus and in between campus sites to fulfill their work and school related obligations.


Budgeted Salary: $25.05/hour.

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay, and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.

Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is not eligible for benefits.

Schedule Information:

• Part-time, Fixed

• Percentage of Time: 40%, 16 Hours per Week

• Days of the Week: Mon-Sun Variable

• Shift Includes: Day, Evening, Weekend

Employee Classification: Limited appointment

Job End Date: 06/30/2024

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: SX, Service Unit

Job Code Classification: AUTO EQUIP OPR SR (008486)

Travel: Never or Rarely


85% - Driving

• Drive/operate a 20 - 41+ passenger shuttle bus, 7-15 passenger van, and a 5 passenger automobile, as assigned.

• Operate vehicles in a safe manner, observing traffic regulations and maintaining assigned routes, headways and schedules while making passenger pickups and drop offs at designated locations on campus.

• Maintain time points for all routes and schedules, running on time, traffic conditions permitting.

• Maintain accurate driver logs, passenger counts, ride schedule and other records, as assigned and as required for compliance with all UC, State, & Federal Agencies.

• Communicate via two-way radio system following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing radio frequency use.

• Operate hydraulic wheelchair lifts, ramps and securing systems on applicable shuttle buses and vans.

• Maintain a cooperative working relationship by exercising diplomacy, remaining calm under stressful situations.

• Interact in a professional and courteous manner with the campus community and the public.

Paratransit Support:

• Drive/operate disability lift equipped vans.

• Assist Paratransit clients in and out of vehicles in a helpful and courteous manner.

• Communicate Paratransit service policies and procedures to customers.

• Comply with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Title VI regulation, 49 CFR Part 21.9, and including Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1A regarding nondiscrimination as required.

• Attend Disability Van Service (DVS) training and annual refresher courses as required.

• Enroll in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. Register and respond to electronic consent requests as required.

10% - Safety, Prevention and Maintenance

• Complete a bus inspection prior to leaving for assigned route. Record any discrepancies on the vehicle check out sheet and notify the supervisor regarding any minor problems or safety hazards.

• Maintain interior cleanliness of vehicle assigned for shift; maintain exterior cleanliness as needed.

• Fuel transit vehicles, following applicable safety procedures.

• Complete a post-trip checklist and secure vehicle.

• Comply with the UCSC TAPS Transit Crime Prevention, Reporting and Safety procedures; work cooperatively with Asst. Manager's to ensure safety and cleaning standards are met.

• Attend all required safety and compliance training as scheduled by the department.

5% - Operational Support

In support of Transit Operations and under the direction of the TAPS Assistant Managers:

• Instruct and train drivers in the operation of campus vehicles.

• Conduct transit surveys and data collection.

• Post transit materials.

• Provide TAPS Base radio response for any radio communication between the shuttles and Campus Dispatch.

• Operate the computerized reservation system for the TAPS Para Transit service.

• Collect medical information from customers in a confidential manner and exercise discretion in handling confidential materials in relation to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA).

• Provide support to all ParaTransit field units.

• As required, provide back-up administrative support to ParaTransit Operations.


• Knowledge of where to go for information and ability to judge what information should be passed on to different levels of management.

• Knowledge of driving laws as specified in the California Vehicle Code.

• Experience with the safe operation of various passenger vehicles.

• Effective communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to maintain a cooperative working relationship with co-workers.

• Ability to maintain accurate, legible logs and records.

• Ability to use two-way radio operations and/or cellular phone for communication purposes.

• Ability to strictly adhere to all posted speed limits, traffic laws, safety requirements and University parking requirements.

• Ability to learn and understand the campus schemes, routes, and bus stop locations.

• Ability to use mapping tools such as Mapquest, Google Maps, and Thomas Guide for selecting event routing.

• Ability to interact in a professional, friendly, courteous manner with the public, interacting with persons of various backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, with different personalities under diverse situations.

• Ability to work independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction.

• Ability to prioritize assignments and organize workflows to meet deadlines, working with changes in workloads, assignments, customer service needs and interruptions, remaining calm under stressful situations.

• Ability to work near and around support and service animals in accordance with the UC Santa Cruz Service/Support Animal Policy.

• Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential materials in relation to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA).

• Ability to speak in a clear concise manner sufficient to obtain needed information, explain policies and procedures, and provide instructions and directions to passengers politely, clearly and effectively.

• Ability to adhere to posted routes and schedules within designated time standards for each route.

• Ability to maintain excellent attendance and punctuality in order to meet specific deadlines.


• General knowledge of State, Federal and University policies and procedures pertaining to vehicle codes, accessibility requirements and vehicle safety.

• General knowledge of transit policies and procedures pertaining to the institution of higher education.

• Knowledge of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on communication by two-way radio.

• Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) standards

• One (1) year of professional driving experience.


• Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

• Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California and be able to participate in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) pull notice program.

• Interviewees will be required to provide a current DMV record.

• In accordance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations, pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and conform and pass the on-going drug and alcohol testing requirements. Continued employment is contingent upon participation in a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program and conform and satisfactorily pass then-going drug and alcohol testing requirements.

• Must possess valid Class B Commercial license to drive in the State of California, with passenger endorsement and a satisfactory driving record. License must not be restricted to vehicles 15 passengers or less including the driver, but must certify individual to drive passenger vehicles weighing more than 26, 001 gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and carrying 20 passengers or more including the driver (DMV CLASS B LICENSE WITH PASSENGER ENDORSEMENT). Must possess a current DMV Medical Certificate and re-certify every 2 years.

• Must possess Air Brake certification.

• Ability to perform essential physical job functions.

• Will be required to work all scheduled hours on-site.

• Ability to work a variable schedule including evenings and weekends.

• Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.

• Ability to occasionally work overtime with little or no advance notice.

• Ability to work overtime including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs, and work an alternate work schedule shift as required.

• Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.

• Clery Act : This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA); required to report crimes, incidents, and disciplinary referral statistics as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)).

• The University of California has implemented a covering all employees. Employees, including new hires, are required to comply with any applicable policies relating to the University of California vaccine program.

• Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


View full job description and access on-line application:

To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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