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    MTA NYC Transit Car Inspector Exam 5610


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    #1 nicknoel

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    Posted 06 December 2014 - 05:29 PM

    Hi everyone. I have a question regarding MTA NYC Transit's Car Inspector Exam 5610. If anyone has taken the test before, do you recall what was given on the practical test?


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    #2 newjerseyguy

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    Posted 14 January 2015 - 09:22 AM

    practical test was 3 parts all had a time limit.

     

    1) wiring circuit building ........ mounted on a board were a few switches, lights.relays, and diodes.

    I had to wire them according to the wiring diagram, within the time I think we we're allowed just one rewire if time permitted or it was a failure to complete.

    2) disassemble a pneumatic valve adjust a spring using wrenches and a 6 inch scale (ruler) and correctly reassemble

     

    3) Troubleshoot a door operators switch assemble.... ( I got screwed doing this part, I wasn't provided a meter)

    there were 4 or 5 switches DPDT all wired and tightly tie wrapped together unnumbered wires that went to  terminal strip with a few test lights wired in. Not allowed to cut the tie wraps, without a meter I was only able to find one problem. We had to write down explaining what was wrong.

     

    I was of course nervous; setup was a workbench with small dividers I didn’t want to get accused of cheating so I didn’t look around. I found out from a co-worker almost three years after the test that his tool kit had a multimeter. I do wonder what my test results (seniority number) might be if I had a meter.


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    #3 98 Snake Eater

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    Posted 21 January 2015 - 10:37 AM

     

    Could you go into detail on the electrical circuits?

     

    Are they basic breadboards or actual printed circuits?

     

    How are connections made? (crimping I assume?)


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    #4 newjerseyguy

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    Posted 29 January 2015 - 06:59 PM

    practical test was 3 parts all had a time limit.

     

    1) wiring circuit building ........ mounted on a board were a few switches, lights.relays, and diodes.

    I had to wire them according to the wiring diagram, within the time I think we we're allowed just one rewire if time permitted or it was a failure to complete.

    2) disassemble a pneumatic valve adjust a spring using wrenches and a 6 inch scale (ruler) and correctly reassemble

     

    3) Troubleshoot a door operators switch assemble.... ( I got screwed doing this part, I wasn't provided a meter)

    there were 4 or 5 switches DPDT all wired and tightly tie wrapped together unnumbered wires that went to  terminal strip with a few test lights wired in. Not allowed to cut the tie wraps, without a meter I was only able to find one problem. We had to write down explaining what was wrong.

     

    I was of course nervous; setup was a workbench with small dividers I didn’t want to get accused of cheating so I didn’t look around. I found out from a co-worker almost three years after the test that his tool kit had a multimeter. I do wonder what my test results (seniority number) might be if I had a meter.


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    #5 98 Snake Eater

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    Posted 30 January 2015 - 04:10 PM

    How are the connections made for the circuit building?

     

    I've read that they make you wear ridiculously large gloves to work with fine tools......Is this true? 


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    #6 newjerseyguy

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    Posted 01 February 2015 - 08:47 AM

    The wiring circuit was on a piece of plywood components were already mounted.

    With a roll of wire, I wired it according to the circuit drawing, crimping a ring terminal for each connection and mount it with a flat washer, lock washer, and nut, and then tie wraps it all neat.

    (the supplies provided included nuts & washers that wouldn’t fit and multiple sizes of ring terminals.

    The instructions said use the correct size for the wire, so just use the right color; I think I used red (22-18 AWG) if I picked a nut or washer that was the wrong size I put it aside, and put them back into the hardware case or the next guy.

     

    I was not required to wear gloves, but that was almost five years ago.


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    #7 98 Snake Eater

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    Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:02 PM

    Thanks for the info

     

    Happen to know if there's a certain dress code for taking the test?

     

    Also, would it be too cheeky if I brought my own safety glasses?

    I know someone that took the test a few years ago and he said he had trouble with the diving goggles they provided because they fogged up instantly and he was afraid to take them off for fear of them failing him.


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    #8 newjerseyguy

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    Posted 14 February 2015 - 02:10 PM

    I don’t remember safety glasses at all, I wear prescription glasses and if they asked I would have said they were safety glasses. 

    There is no dress code, the papers I received said I needed work boots (steel tipped I think).

    I didn’t own a pair at the time so bought a decent pair of boots, I don’t think I have worn them since.

    I remember seeing other people not in boots and it didn’t seem to matter, as far as I could tell.

     

    No white sneakers and shorts just dress casual, jeans without holes a collared shirt.

     

    When I took my practical test they did take a picture of me, IDK why it wasn’t used for my pass.


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    #9 tprashad0719

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    Posted 17 February 2015 - 04:09 PM

    regarding the wiring up a board? how hard is this? how many boards they require you to wire up?

     

    any pointers on wiring up the boards and trouble shooting?


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    #10 newjerseyguy

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    Posted 28 February 2015 - 09:17 AM

    the wiring was simple for me ( I did large scale machine tool wiring for years )

     

    it was a single board with a few swiches and relays running through diodes to turn on lights (powered by a 6 volt lantern battery)

     

    all the components were mounted, just wire according to directions  

     

    if your electrical diagram skills are decent just review diode pollarity 


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