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Thunderpants

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  1. Do NOT quit your job before or during Phase 1 unless you cannot make it to classes or some reason like that. HR will tell you the same. You do not get paid for Phase 1. It's on your time, not the RR. They will give you notice before you start phase 2, should you get that far, to quit leave your current employment. Phase 1 is very very stressful, you don't need the added pressure of a lack of income (unless you live with your parents) or taking the chance of leaving your current employer and not making it to Phase 2. And to elaborate on what LIRR 154 stated, if you can pass Phase 1, you can pass the materials part of Phase 2. You have demonstrated at this point what it takes to study and be tested on the material. Most failures and drop outs occur for 2 reasons; train handling and the lifestyle in general. Some people have never even driven a u haul truck and when you put them up front on 800 feet of 2 million lbs of stainless steel doing 80 mph they can't hack it. And working 3pm to 1am one week and then 4am to 3pm the next week AND having to study and maintain your home life burns people out very very quickly.
  2. The classes that are in session now range from mid 20's - mid 30's. There have been trainees that were in their 50's. If you have what they are looking then they will take you, regardless of your age.
  3. I believe it's a fairly young roster. A lot of the "senior" jobs are held by guys with a good amount of time left before they retire.
  4. Well good luck to all of you applying. I've heard of a few people that it took YEARS to get hired on. My best advice is to look for and apply to as many positions as you feel you are qualified for. It's a good company to work for, but don't put all your hope into the engine service program.
  5. They've been doing interview sessions so frequently because of the lack of good applicants. If 50 people retired every 2 years it would only take roughly 16 years to cycle through the entire 400 + roster. Mathematically meaning the average engineer career is only 16 years. Which is isn't.
  6. Most of the technology is already in place. Only a small portion of the RR is dark territory. I don't think it's as far off as you think. Most of the technology is already in place. Only a small portion of the RR is dark territory. I don't think it's as far off as you think.
  7. I've been pounding the rail since most of you were probably in diapers. I was a legacy there, my father was an engineer, my granddad was steam qualified. PTC? I feel like it's one more step closer to turning the RR into the dammed monorail at Disney. Eventually they won't need engineers for passenger service. I don't know why they are hiring more engineers. There's already a surplus and east side access is taking a hell of a lot longer than expected. I'd expect the hiring to stall out soon.
  8. And Jim, engineers don't "drive" the train....you let me know if you ever see a steering wheel on one of those things....engineers OPERATE.
  9. No idea, don't really care about other unions. When (if) you make it anywhere near the point where the carrier hires you on, you'll learn about how the wage progression now works for the engineers.
  10. No idea, don't really care about other unions. When (if) u make it anywhere near the point where the carrier hires you on, you'll learn about how the wage progression now works for the engineers.
  11. Retired, trolling the forum to see what what kind of talent this wage progression is attracting....thanks goodness for the forthcoming PTC....
  12. Oh and DO NOT use the stuff you find on quizlet unless YOU put it up there. You don't know how many times I've found incorrect definitions, indications, etc, OR the RR decides to change said definitions or indications after a previous trainee posted it to quizlet and you waste your time studying incorrect materials.
  13. Also for anyone interested in becoming an engineer, I can absolutely guarantee you that you are underestimating how much of your life you will sacrifice during training, and even after you qualify, to the craft. Make sure it's something you really want to do, and understand that you won't be home for holidays, birthdays, barbecues, weekends, etc. And if you aren't willing to make those sacrifices and put in the time to study during the training phase, you WILL fail out. I gaaarroooonteee.
  14. Really? Maybe you should apply as a CAM. Do you know what a toilet is?
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