Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
You do not need a CDL. We’ll provide training and testing. However, you must pass the CDL written test before starting employment with TriMet.
Wages and training
The training period is six weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) training. The first six weeks are paid at $15.16 an hour. Once the training program is complete, you will receive $17.16 an hour for the first six months with regular, guaranteed pay increases every four months until the top rate of pay ($30.19) is reached at 35 months.
What benefits does TriMet offer?
- medical/dental insurance
- health care/dependent care spending accounts
- free transit pass for you and your family
- defined contribution pension plan
- deferred compensation retirement plan
- on-site fitness center (for a fee)
- group term life
- long-term disability
- paid sick leave
- personal days
- vacation time
- employee assistance program
Do part-time operators receive medical benefits?
Yes, even while working part-time, you will get the same great medical, dental and vision benefits full-time employees receive after the first of the month following 30 days of employment. Other benefits include a retirement plan with generous company match, life insurance at no cost and access to TriMet’s network of fitness facilities. After your probationary period is complete you’ll have access to TriMet’s employee assistance program, free transit passes for eligible dependents, paid sick time and paid holidays!
How soon can I go full-time?
There is no guarantee as to when full-time opportunities will be available. However, on average, it takes about six months.
How do I become a MAX or Portland Streetcar operator?
If you want to drive MAX or Streetcar, you must first start as a bus operator. Over time (about a year), you’ll have the opportunity to move into other operator positions based on performance and seniority.
One more thing...
Although there are certain recreational activities now legal in the state of Oregon, if you’re not able to pass a pre-employment drug screening, you will not be considered for this position.