Diesel Mechanic serving Buffalo Public Schools

Location 2514 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY USA 14218
Phone Number 716-984-3176
Division First Student
Categories Mechanics/Technicians
Req ID 38565

First things First: Who are we?

Twice the size of our next largest competitor, First Student is the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America. Every day, we complete 5 million student journeys, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization, and scheduling, maintenance, and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts.

Diesel Mechanic Benefits

We offer competitive compensation and benefits to our diesel mechanics (which vary based on role, location, and business), including physical and mental health initiatives, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), and paid holiday/vacation.

  • Starting $27.89 non-flat-rate hourly pay and can increase from there based on ASE Certifications
  • ASE certification bonus money & company-paid ASE testing and training materials
  • $3,000 sign-on bonus* 
  • Annual allowances for boots and prescription safety glasses
  • Employee Perks discount program
  • The work schedule is Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

At this First Student location, we service, repair, and operate some really exciting diesel-powered vehicles and equipment, such as Thomas and International, serving Buffalo Public Schools.

  • Perform vehicle maintenance and repairs to ensure vehicles are safe for our customers.
  • Assist with preventative maintenance (PMs), safety inspections, and annual maintenance inspections.
  • Assist in accurately diagnosing and performing mechanical repairs including the repair of brakes, suspensions, drivetrains, transmissions, and other repairs under direct supervision.
  • Ensure work orders are completed properly and accurately. Maintain records of all maintenance work completed including parts and supplies used.
  • Evaluate completed work prior to release and seek supervisor approval where required.
  • Assist with road calls and emergency services as necessary.


Diesel Mechanic Qualifications


  • A vocational or technical degree in vehicle maintenance is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
    • Must be able to obtain a CDL B with passenger and airbrake endorsements within 6 (six) months of hire. We Train!
  • A minimum of 1 year of automotive or diesel repair employment experience or a combination of education & experience.
  • Must have appropriate mechanic’s toolset.
  • ASE certifications preferred. Must participate in company ASE certification program (company training, testing, and bonuses provided!)
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

First for a Reason

Professional Advancement

Start here. Go far. We believe in promoting from within which means tremendous opportunities for you, thanks to our strong presence across North America. In addition, our 18-month Aspiring Manager Program prepares future leaders at First Student or First Transit.

Extensive Training

Build skills and knowledge in such areas as safety and security, injury prevention, technology and equipment, and job efficiency.

Diversity & Inclusion

Because we’re stronger together, we aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We’re committed to providing an inclusive and diverse working environment for everyone every day.

Community Service & Impact

Go where opportunity meets community. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. As the face of First Student, First Transit and First Vehicle Services in your community, you’ll have a positive impact on others.



About First America

First America is the largest passenger transportation company in North America, we provide passenger transport and maintenance services to municipalities, school districts, and the general public in the U.S. and Canada. Our 4.8 billion operation is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, and employs more than 96,000 employees at 1,200 locations in 38 states and 7 Canadian provinces.


Apply today and get your career on the road with First Student!

*Conditions apply. Offer expires 4/30/2022

We aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. First is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, First will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance. First is an equal opportunity employer and by doing so we will sustain and promote an inclusive culture that supports future growth for all.

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