District Mechanic - Houston/Louisiana (Immediate Opening)

Headquarters HOUSTON, TEXAS


Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools: 


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in our communities! 

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA’s co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 53,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)! 


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality. 


To learn more about IDEA, check out this  video. 

Role Mission: The District Mechanic (DM) will lead and implement repairs and/or replacements of district bus fleet ensuring the availability of units to be in safe operating condition meeting district, state and federal requirements with the guidance of the District Mechanic Service Manager (DMSM). The DM will support and provide guidance to the campuses they oversee to ensure goals are met regarding Maintenance cost per rider, goal of fleet per campus be in working conditions and ensure ServiceFinder work orders are completed within 48 hours.

The Distric Mechanic will oversee the new Greater Houston region, and will travel to Baton Rouge or New Orleans for one week each month. 




1. Ensure bus fleet is in good working conditions and meeting district, state, and federal requirements

  • Verify operational condition of bus fleet before using it to transport students
  • Delegate duties to Campus Mechanics of how to complete minor repairs on fleet properly
  • Maintain accurate records or operation work orders
  • Stay up to date on district, state, and federal requirements


2. 7% savings on maintenance cost of bus fleet compared to previous year, while maintaining safe operating conditions

  • Operate the budget within parameters set by the DMSM of the Transportation department
  • Assure that all purchased parts are acceptable quality and at the best price available
  • Maintain accurate inventory of all parts


3. Communicate with Campus Managers regarding fleet repairs

  • Maintain open communication with campus managers
  • Communicate both negative and positive feedback with drivers and managers regarding properly handling fleet


4. Identify areas of concern and implement corrections

  • Use budget tracker and dashboard report to identify areas of concern
  • Use background knowledge of diesel mechanic to implement corrections


5. Provide technical and maintenance training to Campus Mechanics as needed

  • Provide periodic hands-on training to Campus Mechanics
  • Make recommendations to vehicle specification in order to improve reliability and reduce warranty cost
  • Maintain continued employee engagement with maintenance staff within the department


6. Maintain ongoing administration of outside service vendors

  • Process payments in timely manner using purchase order systems
  • Communicate with outside vendors regarding audit work, including trend analysis and recommendations to fleet managers based on report findings


7We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students. 




  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and within time constraints
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication



  • Minimum of 3 years fleet mechanic repair experience (Transit or School Bus experience preferred)
  • ASE Certification required
  • Class B CDL with Passenger and Schoolbus endorsement required - if do not currently possess, must obtain within 60 days of hire. 
  • Ability to travel to New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions for one week each month. 


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience using purchase order systems
  • Technical knowledge of diesel equipment
  • Familiarity with diesel and gasoline systems
  • Diagnostic, Electrical, and AC skills
  • Ability to obtain P&S Endorsements within 90 days of start date with IDEA

Salaries for this role typically fall between $19.53/hour and $24.42/hour, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. 

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.