Thank you for your interest in working with ECU Transit! We are currently recruiting new operators to train over the summer in preparation for the Fall 2016 semester.
Operating a commercial motor vehicle is a serious commitment; over 2 million passengers each year depend on us to carry them safely to their destinations. Any action or attitude which compromises safety is unacceptable. To support our dedication to safety, we are interested in hiring only those operators who demonstrate safe, responsible behaviors both on and off the clock while exhibiting excellent decision making skills in a highly dynamic environment.
Before you apply to drive with us, we want you to be aware of several key factors considered during the application process.
- Students First: hiring preference is given to applicants who are currently enrolled with East Carolina University.
- One Year Commitment: hiring preference is given to applicants who are able to commit to one year with us. Your graduation date should be greater than one year out from your date of application.
- Minimum Training Availability: hiring preference is given to applicants who are able to train at least 15 hours or more per week.
- GPA: new applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to apply; anything below 2.5 will not be considered. This minimum must be maintained over the course of your employment with us.
- Judicial Record: applicants whose judicial records with ECU indicate any alcohol-related violations within the past 6 months or drug-related violations within the last 2 years will not be considered.
- Driving Record: applicants with 4 or more current points on their driver license or any history of convictions for DUI/DWI will not be considered.
- Drug and Alcohol Screening: applicants must receive a negative result on pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Random drug and alcohol screening continue for the duration of employment.
Once interviewed, if you are selected to continue with the hiring process, you may receive a conditional offer of employment. This offer is dependent upon the following items:
- CDL Learner Permit: you will be required to obtain the right permit to operate our vehicles (Class B, passenger endorsement, no air brake restriction).
- Medical Exam: you must submit to a DOT medical exam to obtain a Medical Examiner's Certificate. Student Health Services offers this exam, but you may select your own qualified healthcare provider registered at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov.
Our training program is designed to familiarize you with our fleet and operating area while preparing you for the NC CDL exam. The training program takes approximately 80 hours to complete and focuses on developing safe driving habits critical to operating commercial vehicles. Upon successfully completing the exam and obtaining your license, you will move on to drive with passengers under the supervision of an experienced operator.
After training, you will be allowed to sign up for shifts and drive on your own while on probation. Although operators are largely responsible for making their own schedules, there are still some considerations to keep in mind:
- Minimum Weekly Hours: each semester the Operations Manager sets a minimum number of hours each operator must work (usually 18) in order to adequately cover all shifts.
- Opening and Closing Shifts: a minimum number of opening or closing shifts may be required. Many operators report for duty each day at 6:30am while closing shifts vary throughout the day as late as 12:30am on most nights.
- Nights, Weekends and Holidays: some routes run late into the night or on weekends/holidays and you may be required to take shifts during these times in order to meet your minimum requirements.
- Special Events: operators who are no longer on probation may be eligible to sign up to drive for special events or trips. For larger events where positions are not filled voluntarily, a lottery system may be used to randomly select eligible operators who have not already met their requirements.
Application for Employment
We realize this can seem pretty daunting for your average college student; your responsibilities to the people you carry are very important and are not to be taken lightly. However, as one of the most essential and diverse organizations on campus, it's hard to see everything we do as just work! Join our team and discover the rewards that come with working alongside your fellow students while developing skills to last a lifetime. We get involved in everything from quiet evenings with performing arts shows to the excitement of football season. Whatever the occasion, ECU Transit is right there in the middle of it, helping every event to be a success.
Download our application in either MS Word or Adobe PDF format and return a completed copy to our office. Be sure to fill out the Driver Verification Form on the last page (top section only) before submitting.
Note: the Driver Verification Form indicates it should be submitted to the Central Motor Pool. Please ignore this statement and submit it directly to the ECU Transit office as part of your application.