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301 Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915

General Office: 865-215-7800

Office hours: Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Service Change


Reduced Service Schedules in Effect

Effective Monday, August 29, 2022, reduced service schedules went into effect on some KAT bus routes. Click here for more information.


Bus Operator

KAT Bus Operator

Our bus service is expanding and we are looking for customer-oriented, enthusiastic and dependable individuals to join our team of Bus Operators! The best news- NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! We’ll provide you with the tools for success by offering paid, comprehensive training and guiding you every step of the way. It’s not just a job, it’s a career.

What exactly does a KAT Bus Operator do?

  • Performs pre-trip inspection of assigned vehicle and reports any defects.
  • Follows both written and oral instructions and operates vehicle in accordance with printed schedules.
  • Has full knowledge of routes, schedules and fares and provides this information to passengers in a courteous and professional manner upon request.
  • Properly operates vehicle over prescribed route, following a time schedule.
  • Uses correct safety procedures to operate lift and secure passengers in wheelchairs and other assistive devices when assisting passengers with disabilities. Must also be sensitive to their needs.
  • Collects proper fares and transfers.
  • Makes announcements, as required by the ADA, upon approaching designated intersections.
  • Serves as an outstanding representative of KAT and the City of Knoxville at all times.


  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must be available to work any shift
  • Must have a HS Diploma or equivalent


  • $18.00 / hour
  • Excellent benefits package (click here for details)
  • Opportunities for promotion and professional development


KAT offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement, paid time off and more! Read more about all the benefits we offer here.

View the full Bus Operator Job Description here.

KAT is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We enforce a strict substance abuse policy providing for a safe drug-free / alcohol-free work environment. Full EEO Policy here.