General Employment FAQS
ARE MEDICAL BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO PART-TIME EMPLOYEES?
No. Part-time employees are not eligible for medical benefits
DOES COTA OFFER TUITION REIMBURSEMENT?
Yes, currently COTA does offer tuition reimbursement after 1 year of service.
HOW DOES COTA PROVIDE SAFETY FOR ITS BUS OPERATORS?
All COTA busses are equipped with video and audio recording equipment. In addition, the operator has immediate contact with the radio room to request assistance, street supervisors can be dispatched to the operator’s location, and Columbus Police Officers in COTA-owned police cruisers are on the street for immediate assistance.
CAN I WORK AS A BUS OPERATOR ON A PART-TIME BASIS?
Yes! COTA’s on-demand service, COTA//Plus, utilizes Flex Operators for on-demand service.
I DON’T HAVE A COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL). CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes. You only have to have a CDL permit to start training, which you obtain by passing a written test at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
WHAT TRAINING WILL I GET AND IS IT PAID?
Depending on your position, training can be up to nine weeks. Training is paid!
WHAT WILL MY WORK SCHEDULE BE LIKE?
As a new Operator, you will be assigned to the Extra Board. On the Extra Board, you will have no set schedule. You might be scheduled to start early in the morning to late at night working a split schedule. Also, you will work most week-ends and holidays. We have a schedule bidding process every four months. As your seniority grows, your likelihood of getting a set schedule will become greater.
WHEN DO I GET BENEFITS?
You are eligible for benefits on the first day of the month following your first day at COTA.
I HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DRIVING A SCHOOL BUS. WILL MY TRAINING BE SHORTER THAN EIGHT WEEKS?
No. COTA focuses on safety. All new operators are required to successfully complete the eight weeks of training in the COTA program.