SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL 1245, RECEIVES STATE CERTIFICATION FOR BUS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

October 19, 2016 RT News
CONTACT: Susan Bitar DATE: October 19, 2016
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT), in partnership with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, announced today it has received state certification by the Department of Industrial Relations for a Bus Mechanic Apprenticeship Program, the first in Northern California.

A signing ceremony was held at RT’s Bus Maintenance facility at 2:00 pm.

“How we develop our workforce and train future generations of mechanics is critical to RT,” said Henry Li, RT General Manager/CEO. “The maintenance of our fleet of Compressed Natural Gas buses is highly specialized because they require unique features that support carrying passengers.”

“Becoming certified by the state brings valuable training resources and funding,” said Tom Dalzell, Business Manager, IBEW Local 1245. “It also provides important prestige and recognition for those who complete the program.”

The 36-month program trains individuals to be a journey-level bus mechanic. Students take classes at community colleges and receive on-the-job training. Having trained and qualified mechanics is critical to RT’s mission of providing reliable bus service to the Sacramento region.

About Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT)
RT operates approximately 69 fixed routes and 43 miles of light rail that covers a 418 square-mile service area. Buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. RT’s entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community.