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Transdev Vehicle Test Assistant - Autonomous Vehicle Division in United States

Transdev wants you! We are currently hiring talented, science and technology driven individuals to join our autonomous vehicle division in Atwater, CA.

Careers in Motion

Transdev is at the forefront of autonomous driving, which is the cornerstone of a rapidly changing mobility landscape. We are - at this very moment - helping develop and deploy new transportation solutions to change the way people move. If you’re passionate about safety and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, we want to hear from you!

The Vehicle Test Assistant plays an integral role in helping our drivers test prototype vehicles. They simulate “everyday” city traffic that’s seen on the road. They will develop a unique sense of how to safely maneuver around vehicles that are running proprietary software and hardware.

What you’ll get:

  • $16.00/hr ($17/hr after completing training)

  • Eligibility for ongoing pay increases

  • Incredible career growth

  • 30% of our employees promote within the first year of employment

  • Continuous opportunities for promotions and associated pay increases

  • Premier GOLD low deductible healthcare plan + other great benefits

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance

  • Paid Holidays + Sick Days + Paid vacation

  • 12 weeks paid parental leave

  • FREE Meal benefits and more!

  • To be at the forefront of autonomous driving and help shape the self-driving landscape


  • Maintain Transdev’s high standard of safety, inside and outside of the vehicle;

  • Consistently demonstrate situational awareness, an understanding of the technology in his/her care, and a willingness to constantly adjust to changes in the environment;

  • Be the deputy for technology by communicating courteously always with management, engineers, and the public;

  • Operate with safety as the primary goal;

  • Work closely with vehicle safety operators and provide detailed and accurate feedback about the testing;

  • Will emulate a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist and/or motor vehicle driver;

  • Set up/build small props; and

  • Comply with Transdev’s Autonomous Vehicle Division zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of alcohol or drugs during a shift, including randomized drug testing; and

  • All other duties as assigned


Required Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Meets driver requirements, including driving record and criminal history under applicable regulations and laws in the state(s) in which the self-driving vehicle monitor will be working.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience driving on public roads with a clean driving record;

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Proficiency with using a touchscreen smartphone (Android preferred by not required).

  • Must have good attention to detail and be able to quickly and concisely describe their thoughts;

  • Capable of responding quickly and simultaneously to multiple scenarios;

  • Adapt quickly to new and developing technology;

  • Cross-functional verbal and written communication and issue escalation;

  • Must be able to safely maneuver around autonomous vehicles;

  • Must be able to spend up to 45 hours, in a workweek, either walking around, riding a bicycle, and driving a vehicle on a closed course;

  • Must be able to withstand working outdoors in inclement weather;

  • Must be able to work specific shifts, including early mornings, evenings, and/or weekends;

  • Must be eager, self-starter, and demonstrate good judgment, in fast-paced, high stress environments

  • Punctual, reliable, and team player; and

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Travel up to 10% of the time

Physical Requirements:

  • Required to talk, listen, and hear;

  • Frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, hands to finger, handle or feel, and to sit, stand, walk, reach, bend, regularly push, pull and lift up to 50 pounds;

  • Occasionally climb stairs and/or ladders;

  • Must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;

  • Must use close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus; and

  • Most work is accomplished outdoors.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions as pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act

Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years old;

  • All Transdev employees must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Safety Sensitive Positions will also be subject to a physical screening

  • Transdev maintains a Drug Free Workplace and may require participation in a random drug screening program.

  • Transdev reserves the right to perform ongoing background checks for all employees except in states where this is prohibited by state law. Transdev will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

  • Employees must maintain an acceptable Driving Record suitable to being approved to drive as part of their regular duties. Records are monitored on an ongoing or regular basis pursuant to local state law.

  • Ability to qualify for an Autonomous Vehicle Tester (AVT) license in states and positions where it’s required

  • If based in the United States, applicants must be eligible to work in the

  • US without restrictions for any employer at any time as required by the USCIS.

Transdev is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or other legally protected status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

The job duties, responsibilities, skills, and requirements listed in this job description are representative only and not an exhaustive list that an employee may be required to perform. Transdev reserves the right to revise this job description at any time.

Job Category: Autonomous Vehicles

Job Type: Full Time

Req ID: 2023-25460