Inside SMRT: Bus Maintenance with a Lead Technician

Kumaran S/O Renganathan has been with SMRT for 15 years and he has enjoyed every moment of it. The 36 year old, is a Lead Technician of the SMRT Auto Services department at Woodlands Bus Depot. What he loves most about his job is that he is constantly learning and he enjoys gaining new information.

5 facts about being a lead technician

1. He is trained to do both corrective and preventive maintenance.
SMRT Lead Technician checks on bus

Corrective works are done when buses are taken out of service while preventive maintenance is done regularly to keep buses running smoothly.

2. He works on 10-20 buses a day.
SMRT Double Decker buses

Depending on the work load for the day.

3. A minor job takes anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes to complete whereas a major job can take up to two hours.
SMRT Lead Technician checks the MAN A22 engine

Minor jobs like checking the engine oil levels have big impact on having a smooth and safe journey

4. His department is split into five sections; Electrical, Driveline, Body, Undercarriage and Air-conditioning.
SMRT Lead Technician props the bus up

Safety always comes first when handling these 11-tonne machines.

5.He is currently in the Electrical section but has worked in all the sections.
Electrical works include checks on the photocell sensors at the doors of the bus, as well as the on board equipment like the bus fare console and electronic destination sign.

Electrical works include checks on the photocell sensors at the doors of the bus, as well as the on board equipment like the bus fare console and electronic destination sign.

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