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Training Specialist 

Location Grand Rapids, MI (GR 44th, Kent ISD) - School Bus  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
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SUMMARY OF POSITION                                                                                                        

Provide various types of training to all levels of Dean Transportation staff, including Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training. 


SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                              

  • Administer training classes and work one-on-one with individuals to provide classroom and behind the wheel instruction.
  • Oversee completion of written and driving skills testing.
  • Work closely with Secretary of State branch offices to assist individuals with scheduling and general information for state testing and licensing.
  • Coordinate completion and submission of training paperwork for all Dean Transportation staff including bus drivers, attendants and/or monitors, dispatchers, routers, supervisors and managers.
  • Travel to various Dean Transportation operations as needed to conduct training, for extended periods of time, as needed.


SPECIFIC ABILITIES                                                                                             

  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of Dean Transportation policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local laws and regulations as they pertain to driving a commercial motor vehicle (school bus).
  • Demonstrate a professional demeanor and build positive rapport with Dean Transportation staff and training instructors from outside agencies.
  • Demonstrate an excellent attendance record.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team setting.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Operate all vehicle types in transporting passengers used by Dean Transportation.
  • Identify with geographic service area of school district(s) and routes assigned to the local Dean operation(s).
  • Secure all equipment that is required for each passenger as prescribed in company policy.
  • Operate all vehicle lifts as prescribed in company policy.
  • Be able to lift, store, and disassemble/assemble wheelchairs of a maximum weight of 40 pounds and/or other ambulatory devices required by the passenger.


DRIVING PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS                                                                         

  • Driving performance evaluations are performed continuously as part of company safety training.
  • Training Specialists may be subjected to customized driving evaluations at any time during employment when the company has a specific concern or has received a report of improper driving.
Position Requirements

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS                                                                                                   

  • Meet all general qualifications for employment.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Meet company and state standards for driving record check.
  • Meet company, state, and school district standards for criminal history check.
  • Meet state physical examination requirements.
  • Pass drug and alcohol screening as established by company.
  • Meet all school bus driver requirements, including the ability to obtain a CDL with Passenger (P) and School Bus (S) endorsements and no air brake restriction.
  • Successfully pass Dean Transportation School Bus Driver Training Program, including:
  • Classroom instruction
  • Behind the wheel instruction
  • Written and driving skills test
  • Meet Michigan School Bus Driver Certification Requirements, including:
  • Minimum hours of instruction
  • Satisfactorily pass knowledge examination
  • Meet local, county, and state standards for driving skills test.
  • Meet state requirements for appropriate commercial vehicle licensing.


BODY MECHANICS OF SCHOOL BUS DRIVER                                                                        

  • Training Specialists may be required to drive a school bus. School Bus Drivers are required through their employment to perform various physical tasks. These physical tasks require varying degrees of lifting, pulling, bending, and carrying of heavy objects. Some examples of these are:
  • Opening and closing a bus hood and lifting the hood up to perform pre-trip requirements of the engine.
  • Opening and closing of bus entrance and emergency   doors.
  • Bending, pushing, and pulling to load and unload a wheelchair, with or without a passenger, onto a lift platform, by exerting a maximum of 40 lb. of push/pull pressure.
  • Bending, supporting, and otherwise physically helping passengers into and out of a school bus.
  • Carrying and lifting into and from the school bus, personal articles/adaptive equipment of various weights/sizes.
  • Bending and stretching for the cleaning and securement of equipment in the interior of the school bus.
  • Bend, stretch, pull, and drag all persons, equipment or other types of articles that would be of varying sizes and weight out of emergency exits on demand.

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