Ketchikan Mechanic

Ketchikan Mechanic

Position: Mechanic - Ketchikan Division
Reports to: Ketchikan Motorcoach Maintenance Manager
Status:  Seasonal from February through September

Note:  A current Commercial Driver's License (Class B) with Passenger and Air Brake endorsements and a minimum of 2 years motorcoach driving experience in Alaska is preferred; however Alaska Coach Tours may provide CDL training to applicants if needed. 

General Function:  Perform scheduled services and repairs to equipment including; motor coaches, vans, service trucks, and equipment during the operating season.  Perform major repairs to above equipment during off season.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prior experience maintaining/repairing diesel engines and air brakes on heavy equipment and (preferably) motor coaches.  Applicants must provide and use their own basic hand tools.  
  • Certified as physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle according to a U.S. Dept. of Transportation physical and NIDA urinalysis drug screen.  Candidates must be willing to submit to pre-employment, random, post-accident, and just cause drug & alcohol testing.
  • Possess a valid Alaska state drivers license and a good, safe driving record (no more than one moving violation or 'at fault' accident in the last three years).  DUI, DWI, negligent or reckless driving convictions automatically disqualify the applicant.  Successful applicants will be asked to provide a current (no older than 30 days) copy of his/her Motor Vehicle Record.
  • Able to lift and move a minimum of 50 lbs.  Employees are regularly required to sit, stand, walk, see, talk and hear.  Frequently they will need to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  
  • Employees must be able to work in harsh weather conditions for long hours on a variable schedule.

Duties / Responsibilities:  

  1. Conduct all activities and decisions according to the five guiding principles of Alaska Coach Tours:
    • Safety
    • Quality 
    • Teamwork
    • Profitability
    • Environmental Responsibility
  2. Through training and leadership, gain understanding of systems and maintenance needs for all vehicles in fleet, in order to facilitate safety of passengers, and high levels of operation for the equipment.
    • Routine duties will include, but are not limited to brake repair, A/C repair, changing oils, fluids and filters, conducting lube jobs and minor repairs such as replacing light bulbs, tires, repairing leaks, etc. 
    • Work with Manager to establish a routine system to identify mechanical defects in equipment and implement repairs as needed.  Prioritize and perform year-round maintenance and repairs:  Heavy duty spring and air suspension, electrical systems, transmissions, air conditioning systems, body repairs, etc.
    • Review the daily vehicle reports submitted by drivers; troubleshoot and repair any issues that arise in day to day operation.  Work with drivers in gaining understanding of general systems of all equipment, so that they may facilitate safety and achieve high levels of operation for the equipment that they operate.
    • Gain understanding of pertinent Federal and State DOT regulations and integrate routine compliance into all aspects of work.  Complete all related paperwork in a professional, accurate, consistent and timely manner.
    • Maintain open, clear and positive communication regarding all aspects of vessel maintenance and safety with Fleet Manager, Operations team, and drivers.
  3. Work with Manager to appropriately handle all aspects of assigned projects on motor coaches, vans and other company equipment.  Aspects of projects include: competitive procurement of parts, supplies or sub-contractors, performing work, ensuring that all work will be completed in a timely manner, and within the approved budget.  
  4. Assist as needed to fill in for driver/guides on tours or transfers as needed.
  5. Work with management to quickly assess situations and work with operations team to relay information via proper channels in the event of circumstances out of the norm (tour deviations, passenger incidents or injuries, etc.).  
  6. Strive to represent Alaska Coach Tours in a professional and friendly manner whenever interfacing with passengers or community members.