We have a variety of positions available throughout the Chicagoland area, primarily in the northwestern and southwestern suburbs.

Cook-Illinois believes in promoting from within. A large percentage of our Management have experience themselves as school bus drivers. In the student transportation industry, we often see that experience helps mold the best operations managers. Cook-Illinois is proud to say that we practice promoting from within our company. We continue to look for those with a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and a drive to succeed, and if ever there are openings, we encourage these employees to join the office support staff, where they can further master their knowledge of the student transportation industry. Once in the office, they can assist with customer service, dispatch, routing, charters, and billing. Cook-Illinois has a number of Operations Managers that started through our Management Trainee program.

At this time, stop by to find out what specific positions are available at your location of choice. All position requirements are compliant with Illinois Department of Transportation regulations.

Here is a list of some positions which may be available and general job requirements.

School Bus Drivers

Drivers are responsible for presenting a professional, positive company image as they safely drive students to and from school or school events. Successful candidates must be 21 years old, with a valid driver’s license and no suspensions in the last three years. The position requires the ability to meet all Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) requirements, including maintenance of a valid Commercial Driver’s License and valid permit requirements. Pre-employment training and ongoing in-service training is available.


Monitors manage student behavior and safety on board the bus while loading and unloading passengers, cooperating closely with the bus driver and school officials. This position requires the ability to assist students on or off the lifts, properly secure wheelchairs, and assist students in getting on and off the bus safely. Some monitors work with special needs passengers on assigned routes.


Successful candidates will have experience working on buses or trucks and be able to perform routine repairs and preventative maintenance on all bus systems including engines, transmissions, brakes, steering and drivelines, and electrical. ASE certification is preferred. High school degree or GED, and technical training on truck or bus engines are required. Candidates must have their own tools and possess a current, valid drivers license.


Foremen are responsible for directing and training shop personnel to ensure proper maintenance and repair of vehicles, vehicle and passenger safety, and compliance with all regulations governing the vehicles. Technical degree specializing in automotive or truck repair and ASE certification is preferred. This position requires five years prior experience with progressive responsibility in diagnostics, maintenance and repair of diesel and gas powered buses or trucks including air conditioning, wheelchair lifts, and other associated systems. Experience using computer-based diagnostic tools and maintenance programs is required.

Please apply in person at the company you are interested in working for.