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Director of Maintenance

12 Jun 2023 6:22 AM | WIPTA Admin (Administrator)

Want a rewarding career that serves the community? Build a strong, sustainable future with a company that puts YOU in the driver’s seat of your career!  The Milwaukee County Transit System takes pride in having a diverse workforce that is committed to maintaining our values: Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Equity, Collaboration, Innovation.

Our Employee Benefits Package Includes:

  • Medical, Dental and Prescription Drug Insurance
  • Pension Plan (Funded 70% by The Milwaukee County Transit System and 30% by employees (2023 Contribution Rate: 3.51% of employee wages)
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Savings Plan
  • Paid Vacation, Holidays, Personal Days, Sick, Funeral leave and Jury Duty
  • Health and Wellness Incentives
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Company-Paid Life Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Eyewear and Gym Membership Reimbursement
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Free bus rides for all MCTS active employees and retirees!!


Plans, directs and coordinates bus fleet maintenance and operational site functions in support of overall strategic and operational business objectives. Manages budgets and assigned staff. Ensures compliance with legal requirements in accordance with established standards and Federal, State, and local regulations.


  1. Directs communications, reports and budgetary information for the overall health of the Maintenance Department.
  2. Plans operations with maintenance team for accuracy, productivity and goal attainment.
  3. Coordinates with Directors, Executive Officers and Union Officials to discuss operational planning, efficiencies and union concerns.
  4. Consults with the Scheduling & Transportation Departments to ensure supply of buses for scheduled service.  
  5. Evaluates bus fleet for operational needs and requirements to schedule asset retirement and plan for new bus purchases.
  6. Forecasts major building improvements within the scope of the budget and Property Assessment Plan.
  7. Aligns staff within Building and Grounds Division to handle daily maintenance of properties.
  8. Authorize position requisitions and participate in the selection of appointed staff under a union and nonunion environment. Assesses level of responsibility and assigns a compensation package.
  9. Creates and oversees annual Maintenance budget; reviews RFP (Request for Proposal) scoring for new bus builds.
  10. Coordinates with supply and repair vendors to establish service contracts, manage warranties and order parts.
  11. Reports to all serious incidents.
  12. Analyzes daily, weekly and monthly data to identify trends and performance standards.
  13. Identify and properly report safety hazards in the workplace.
  14.  Performs other duties as required.


  1. Bachelor's Degree in Business Management or related field required. Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of education requirement.
  2. Seven (7) years progressive management experience in heavy-duty fleet maintenance required.
  3. Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with endorsement P and air brakes required.
  4. Supervisory and management experience required. 
  5. Experience supervising under a collective bargaining agreement preferred.
  6. Experience in public transportation or similar government structure preferred.


  1. Knowledge of transit maintenance procedures.
  2. Knowledge of transit industry trends and best practices.
  3. Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration and Federal Motor Carrier rules and regulations.
  4. Knowledge of MCTS operations.
  5. Knowledge of budget creation and management process.
  6. Knowledge of applicable union contracts.
  7. Knowledge of hiring policy and procedures.
  8. Skilled in computer operations and spreadsheet, word processing, presentation and related software.
  9. Ability to manage conflict and balance competing interests from multiple stakeholders.
  10. Ability to develop and execute company strategies to attain outcomes for set goals.
  11. Ability to manage others.
  12. Ability to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships.
  13. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  14. Ability to work independently.


  1. Work is frequently conducted in an office, shop environment or garages. Incumbent may be exposed to extreme temperatures, moving mechanical parts, fumes and loud noises.
  2. Physical requirements are those described as sedentary work, which includes exerting ten (10) pounds of force occasionally, a negligible amount of force frequently and/or constantly having to lift, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

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