Next Steps - How to work for KCATA
Bus Operators (Drivers), Mechanics and Serviceworkers (Maintenance & Facilities)
STEP 1. Submit your APPLICATION online
The application includes:
- Work history
- Brief position overview questions
- An online assessment
If you fill out the application completely, there is no need for a resume.
All the information in the application is what we need.
**Reminder, you must be age 21 for a CDL.
STEP 2. INTERVIEW & Position Eligibility Testing
Only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Interviews will typically take place at KCATA / RideKC Headquarters (1200 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 at 18th & Forest).
Getting here: Guest parking is in front of the building OR RideKC 18 Indiana will drop you off right in front. RideKC routes 25 Troost and 71 Prospect are also close to KCATA.
Attire: We recommend dressing in “comfortable clothing” for agility testing.
Plan on 2 hours. The interview includes:
- 30 minute in-person interview
- On-site tour and bus driving simulator at KCATA / RideKC Headquarters
- A 30-45 minute physical agility test in North Kansas City (Northland Physical Therapy).
STEP 3. Employee Verification & Preparation (Background Check, Drug Test & Physical)
Only eligible candidates will be contacted for employee verification process.
At KCATA direction, you will need to complete and pass the following successfully. (KCATA initiates and pays for these verifications and tests):
- Department of Motor Vehicle Check / Verification
- Criminal Background Check
- Department of Transportation (DOT) Certification: Physical Exam and Drug Screening
- Employment and Education Verification
- Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination (unless as exception applied – contact Human Resources for details)
STEP 4. Obtain a Commercial Driver License (CDL) including a Learners Permit (A or B based on position)
Any job offer for these positions will be contingent on your ability to obtain a CDL permit or certification BEFORE TRAINING BEGINS.
CDL Training Guide can be obtained at any Highway Patrol testing station or at http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/DED/index.html
You will need to pass three CDL sections: General Knowledge, No Air Brake Restriction and Passenger Endorsement.
Obtain permit at the DMV and bring permit to KCATA.
**If you already have your CDL permit or certification with these three sections, you can skip step 4.
STEP 5. NEW-HIRE ORIENTATION & TRAINING
Only eligible candidates will be offered a job with KCATA. All new employees are required to complete training with KCATA / RideKC.
All new employees will spend their first day at KCATA / RideKC Headquarters in new-hire orientation.
Mechanics and Serviceworkers: all new hires will be required to complete 44 day probation and training within their departments and skip Step #6 and #7.
STEP 6. BUS OPERATOR (DRIVER) TRAINING
Bus Operators (Drivers): will be required to complete and pass a five-week training course with up to 240 hours of classroom instruction, CDL training and behind-the-wheel training. KCATA Bus Operator (Driver) Training is a mixed program of classroom learning and driving taught by our experienced training staff.
- Day 1. Attend New-Hire Orientation Day.
- Week 1 and 2. CDL Skills Training is two weeks and takes place Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Attire: business casual; no tennis shoes or open-toe shoes
- CDL Testing to successfully pass the CDL Skills Exam
- This training is specific to transit vehicles and required for all with CDL permits and certification
- Week 3 and 4. Bus Operator training continues including some classroom Monday through Friday 8am–5 pm, policies and procedures, behind the wheel and at least one class of night driving up to 7 p.m. during daylight saving or later as needed.
- Attire: Student purchases uniform (uniform allowance begins after graduation.)
- Week 5 and 6. Certified Bus Operator training with a mentor driving various routes. Training can be anywhere between 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.; based on bus training route
STEP 7. CONGRATULATIONS! Begin connecting the people of Kansas City!
Congratulations! After the KCATA Training Graduation, you will become a Professional KCATA Bus Operator (Driver).
Route Assignments and Selection begin! Some start driving the day of graduation.
Full-Time hours will vary by seniority and transit vehicle the first 1-2 years. (see Bus Operator job requirements)
Welcome to the KCATA / RideKC family. Some of our Bus Operators have been driving with us for over 25 years! We hope you will be one of them.