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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 28 Apr 2012, 03:56

hookup11 wrote:Any idea how electricians get paid and if there a lot of ot..........not the high voltage linemen electricians. ?


At Coast Mountain Bus?
All of the certified "Trades" earn Trades wages: Currently $35.43 an hour...
If you are an apprentice, they start at like 74% of trade wages and work their way through the apprenticeship until top wages are earned...
Most Tradesperons at CMBC work the 4 days on- 3 days off schedule. They pick their shifts in seniority order like once a year, and then if their are any vacancies-openings they apply for other shifts as they open up...
CMBC is a 24 hour operation, so there are "Day" shifts, "Afternoon" shifts and "Night" shifts...
Most departments are based out of the Burnaby Transit Centre, but we do have like 7 transit centres system wide, as well as Lost Property, head office and SeaBus...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 28 Apr 2012, 04:12

HandyDart is Hiring! http://mvtcanada.com/careers/index.htm is the Cloverdale based contractor who operates the regions HandyDart services under contract with TransLink.

They currently need: "multiple" CASUAL DRIVERS- NORTH ROAD LOCATION, and CASUAL CALL CENTRE REP'S- CLOVERDALE

GOOD LUCK IF INTERESTED!
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 08 May 2012, 05:15

hey any idea how much service electricians get paid....not linemenn (high voltage) and what type of working hours they get??
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 08 May 2012, 06:15

hookup11 wrote:hey any idea how much service electricians get paid....not linemenn (high voltage) and what type of working hours they get??


If you are referring to Coast Mountain Bus Company, I say again that certified trades persons (Mechanics, electricians, bodymen, machinists, trimmers, Electronic technicians, Welders, Tirepersons, Painters) all earn $35.43 an hour (April 2010)... Apprenticies earn between 74 and 90% of those wages...
CMBC offers up a Compressed work week, 4 days on/3 days off per week, 9.5 hour days.. Shift work: Evenings-nights, Afternoons and Days...

"Servicepersons", the crew that: refuel the buses, sweep out the buses, wash the buses, drive empty buses around as need, and assist mechancs as needed; earn up to $27.03 an hour... Most work 4 nights a week, say 8pm til 5:30am or something like that... They pick their shifts in seniority order once a year, and then apply for any open shifts in between sign ups...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Chest » 08 May 2012, 21:33

Hi. hoookup

So, I guess there are now three people from this forum stating "application on hold for a year/classes are full" email.
btw, how was you train ability test? What did you have to endure?

Pm me or email me the info would be great thanks
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 09 May 2012, 19:49

Hey Chest. The trainability testing consists of an instructor who gives a 30 minute presentation of what he is looking for. For example, which turning lane to use when turning left, right etc..before light turns green wait a few seconds before accelerating to give your bus and the vehicle in front of you enough distance..how to park the bus.....then he takes you out and goes for a drive while you sit and watch him and then its your turn to carry out all the the things he went over...they are looking to see if you can apply what you have learned.....its not much more to it you just have to be calm and comfortable.....
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Chest » 10 May 2012, 21:13

Thanks for the info, much appreciated. I would guess this is a 1 on 1 thing and not group style?Where you in the downtown core or did he take you out of there,before you drove?
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 11 May 2012, 05:19

yes it is one one one...one of there facilites is in richmond/vancouver so he took me our around the marine drive knight street area
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 14 May 2012, 02:36

Chest wrote:Thanks for the info, much appreciated. I would guess this is a 1 on 1 thing and not group style?Where you in the downtown core or did he take you out of there,before you drove?


The Vancouver Transit Centre is down in Marpole, 9149 Hudson Street... They often end up driving around south Vancouver: 49th- 41st- Marine Drive, Main, Fraser, Knight etc...
When driving the #49, I often see "Training Buses" out and about....

Training for Conventional lasts about 6 weeks or so... Then everyone starts in Vancouver, and with your improving seniority, options of switching to suburban depots -if you so desire- increase...

The most senior depot, the hardest one to switch to, has always been Surrey...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 15 May 2012, 05:29

Hehey superchecker.....now that all training classes are full and training is six weeks long...is there a chance a few don't make it through and a need for another class to be scheduled......
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 15 May 2012, 13:49

hookup11 wrote:Hehey superchecker.....now that all training classes are full and training is six weeks long...is there a chance a few don't make it through and a need for another class to be scheduled......


I don't know the answer to that question... I don't work at head office... You might call someone in HR??? The main number is 953-3000, and then ask for HR...

As soon as I see new postings on the website, I post them here...

Originally the plan was to hire approx 14 new trainees every 2 weeks this year, for a total of nearly 300 new Operators. Then the "funding crunch" hit with the new budget year that started April 1... Once TransLink/CMBC sort out the $30,000,000.00 shortfall, they will resume hiring...

I know of one fellow who applied last Summer and just recently started training for Community Shuttle...

I saw a TRAINING BUS running around Richmond today, so that means a few drivers from other depots (Vancouver) are getting a couple of days of Route Training before switching to Richmond depot...

Keep your eyes on the websites... Driving is NOT the only opportunity to get your foot in the door...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 24 May 2012, 12:33

hookup11 wrote:Hehey superchecker.....now that all training classes are full and training is six weeks long...is there a chance a few don't make it through and a need for another class to be scheduled......



ALL CMBC DRIVER HIRING FOR 2012 HAS COME TO AN ABRUBT HALT!! MAJOR FUNDING CRISIS!! HIRING FREEZE!! COMPANY TRYING TO LAY OFF THE NEWEST 20 CONVENTIONAL OPERATOR HIREES! UNION TRYING TO FIND-NEGOTIATE ALTERNATE POSITIONS FOR THEM...


EVERY YEAR: APRIL 1 IS THE START OF THE BUDGET CYCLE...


BC TRANSIT- VICTORIA STILL HIRING?

HANDYDART WAS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CASUAL DRIVERS...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 06 Jun 2012, 05:32

Hey superchecker......i was set to start training but the audit put my application on hold for a year...i asked human resources if i could be referred for the victoria subsidiarie but she said i would have to apply on my own....so my question is...if applied independently and hired at victoria cmb as an operator and an opportunity opens up in the lower mainland is there a good chance of transferring? Because she mentioned they operate "independently".........
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Re: coast mountain bus

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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 06 Jun 2012, 11:04

hookup11 wrote:Hey superchecker......i was set to start training but the audit put my application on hold for a year...i asked human resources if i could be referred for the victoria subsidiarie but she said i would have to apply on my own....so my question is...if applied independently and hired at victoria cmb as an operator and an opportunity opens up in the lower mainland is there a good chance of transferring? Because she mentioned they operate "independently".........


BC Transit & Coast Mountain Bus Company are two seperate companies... You'd have to quit one company to switch to the other....
I believe that employees of both companies contribute to the same provincial pension plan... So you could probably continue with the one pension plan if you did switch?

Drivers in Vancouver belong to C.A.W. local #111, where as drivers in Victoria belong to a different local of the same union...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 06 Jun 2012, 17:13

Rumours abound that because CMBC won't be hiring new operators anytime soon, they don't need all the training staff either... Lay offs in the Training Dept??? :huh:
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 08 Jun 2012, 19:11

that suck i really hope that doesn't happen....hey supercheck....how many electricians do you think work at coast mountain bus rich/van???
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 11 Jun 2012, 14:16

hookup11 wrote:hey supercheck....how many electricians do you think work at coast mountain bus rich/van???


I've been told that there is approx 12-15 Electricians company wide, and a smaller number of Electronic Technicians too...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 11 Jun 2012, 17:11

thanks!
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 06 Jul 2012, 05:33

hey superchecker any info on the operators who got hired and possibly getting layed off??
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 06 Jul 2012, 06:02

hookup11 wrote:hey superchecker any info on the operators who got hired and possibly getting layed off??


What I've heard, thru the grapevine, is thatI guess that they would also be on a recall list for whenever CMBC does decide to hire again?
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby hookup11 » 08 Jul 2012, 17:44

ya thats good to hear....the electricians that work at cmb..the none linemen electrician..what type of maintenance do they do..building etc..any idea....thanks
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 09 Jul 2012, 12:39

hookup11 wrote:ya thats good to hear....the electricians that work at cmb..the none linemen electrician..what type of maintenance do they do..building etc..any idea....thanks



Electricians: I would say that there is probably a crew of guys that only work on the fleet of electric trolley buses????

Then, most of all the "Skilled Trades" are based out of the Burnaby depot, but could be working at any or all of the depots... They pick their shifts in seniority order once a year. If any vacancies open up in between sign ups, I think there is a bidding/application process to fill open shifts... 4 day work week, 4 on- 3 off per week...

If you didn't already know: "Head office" is out at Gateway in north Surrey, and then we have 7 depots/operating centres: Oakridge, Vancouver-Marpole, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Richmond & Surrey... North Van is set to close for good in 2015, but will be replaced with a brand new depot in the Hamilton neighbourhood of east-east Richmond... I think Oakridge might finally close for good around then too...
We also have SeaBus & Lost Property offices too...
Electricians might be required to work at any CMBC property including bus loops...
I think (designated) Electricians work on the fareboxes as well?
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 10 Jul 2012, 03:01

hookup11 wrote:ya thats good to hear....the electricians that work at cmb..the none linemen electrician..what type of maintenance do they do..building etc..any idea....thanks



Information only: The District of North Vancouver is looking for an ELECTRICIAN- TRADES 2!
Check out their job posting in their Career Portal on their website!
$33.95 an hour... Lot's of information about the job in the posting...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby J0E » 12 Jul 2012, 08:25

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hookup11 wrote:Hehey superchecker.....now that all training classes are full and training is six weeks long...is there a chance a few don't make it through and a need for another class to be scheduled......



[b]ALL CMBC DRIVER HIRING FOR 2012 HAS COME TO AN ABRUBT HALT!! MAJOR FUNDING CRISIS!! HIRING FREEZE!! COMPANY TRYING TO LAY OFF THE NEWEST 20 CONVENTIONAL OPERATOR HIREES! UNION TRYING TO FIND-NEGOTIATE ALTERNATE POSITIONS FOR THEM...


...and I bet these hirees are highly experienced and qualified drivers. eg. - Class 1 or 2 drivers with at least 3 years of driving experience.

Somehow in difficult economic times with tight budgets, I don't think that TransLink wants to take a chance on inexperienced drivers who take much longer to train & cost them that much more money and time to get going.

...unless it's someone with connections or visible minority or female.

At least if I was the hiring manager, I'd go for the Cream of the Crop
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 18 Jul 2012, 16:48

Well, once a year we have a system wide/consolidated sign up for all Conventional Transit Operators. We pick our fall shifts, and depot to work out of...

There are 3,000 Conventional Transit Operators... We pick in seniority order... Takes like 20 business days for everyone to sign! (150 a day?)

I get to pick tomorrow... The Fall schedule lasts 15 weeks... Do I want to sign up (Pick a shift for 15 weeks), Holiday Block (Pick a different shift for each week of the 15 weeks), or go on the spareboard (Different shift everyday)??? Do I want to switch depots? (No)...

We also have to let them know of our "Intent" for next years vacation weeks... We don't actually pick our 2013 vacation weeks off until October, but we do have to let them know now if we want to bank any weeks- carry over or retrieve any weeks from our bank, bank any stat weeks, bank any OT...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 19 Jul 2012, 01:42

Originally I was employed by a provincial crown corporation called BC Transit. But for years the area mayors and councils (we service 22 different cities & municipalities) wanted "more control" over the regions Transit, so the NDP government of the mid 90's created a regional authority called TransLink. The bus company (& SeaBus) became an "operating subsidiary" of TransLink... So, we're kind of a government agency?

http://www.translink.ca if you're ever board...

http://www.coastmountainbus.com

http://www.bctransit.com for everything outside of the Lower Mainland...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 21 Jul 2012, 04:55

TransLink (http://www.translink.ca) does the planning & funding for the Greater Vancouver areas major road network, transit, carpooling, car sharing, cycling, AirCare, Commuter rail, HandyDart, and the 3 SkyTrain lines...

Almost everything is under contract or operated by subsidiaries...

TransLink itself doesn't run/operate buses or trains, subsidiares or contractors do...

The majority of bus routes (& the SeaBus service) are operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company. http://www.coastmountainbus.com
The district of West Vancouver has always operated their own system. TransLink owns the buses and plans the service, but West Vancouver employees operate them. http://www.westvancouver.ca/
There are a handful (like 10 or so) Community Shuttle routes that are contracted out to the lowest bidder... Bonny's Taxi created a small company called something like "Metro Services" that operated the 3 or 4 Shuttle routes around New Westminster. The Langley Shuttle routes are operated by another contractor, as is the Tsawwassen First Nations route #609 too...

The Expo & Millenium SkyTrain lines are operated by BC Rapid Transit Company (AKA: SkyTrain)...
West Coast Express is a subsidiary of Translink, and comes under the same umbrella as BC Rapid Transit Company. But they too contract out just about everything at WCE: The Station Attendants work for BC COMMISSIONAIRES, The Train Crew are employees of CP Rail, The Maintenance crews are employees of VIA Rail, and the TrainBus service is operated by CanTrail Canada...

The Canada Line is a Public-Private Partnership and is operated and maintained by ProTransBC. http://www.protransbc.com

The regions para-transit/HandyDart is operated by a US based contractor: MVT Canadian Bus limited. http://www.mvtcanada.com

AirCare is operated by a contractor. http://www.aircare.ca

Transit Police is another subsidiary of TransLink. http://www.transitpolice.bc.ca

Each subsidiary & contractor does their o-w-n- hiring. Most are linked on the CAREERS PAGE over at http://www.translink.ca but not all!
If you really want to work here, you have to check out each and every subsidiaries and contractors websites. AND- Not just once! Opportunities come and go almost daily! Many times Opportunities only get posted for like 5 business days...
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 26 Jul 2012, 16:32

BREAKING NEWS: CANADA LINE IS LOOKING TO HIRE: 2- CANADA LINE ATTENDANTS- FULL TIME- REGULAR!

They are now accepting applications from the general public (It was INTERNAL only last week)...

$25 an hour in training... They are a union shop... Located near River Rock casino...

Click onto CANADA LINE ATTENDANT over at http://www.protransbc.com/career-cenre/ ... rtunities/
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Re: coast mountain bus

Unread postby Superchecker » 13 Aug 2012, 14:40

4 Job Postings over at Coast Mountain Bus Company: Garage Maintenance Planner, Assistant Manager-Infrastructure Signage & Services, Payroll Systems Specialist, and their ongoing need for a Power Line Techician...
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