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  1. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    Towards the end of your time together in class, you have a day where you meet the head guys from the union. They have you pick envelopes out of a hat, and inside that envelope is your new roster number. So, basically, it’s random.
  2. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    I heard through the grapevine that they are currently planning on having 6 AC classes for 2019. Keep in mind that at the end of 2017, the original plan for 2018 was 10 AC classes. By February of 2018, that plan had changed to 6 classes, and in reality only 5 classes were held.
  3. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    Can't wait to loop some P wire...
  4. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    Bp is my classmate and is trying to piss me off lol. Sometimes they give the grades, sometimes they don’t. It doesn’t really matter...but I did actually get 100 lol
  5. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    For me, the goal was to just learn it, not understand it. On the exam, I actually went through and answered all the signal names first, then I went back and wrote out the indications later. I got 100, so it worked for me lol
  6. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    I recommend doing the signal names first, for a couple reasons. First, you must get 100% correct on the signal names, so they are the most important part of the test. They are also the easiest thing you have to study, so it's a nice confidence boost when you are able to get them all done in about a week. Once you have those down, move onto the signal indications, so you can put some meaning behind the signals you just learned. And then finally do the definitions. You may want to intersperse some definitions in with the indications and do them together.
  7. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    Unless something has changed recently, they have 25 signals and 25 definitions on the test. They are random and could include repeats (for the signals). For the signals, all they will give you is the picture of the signal (the "aspect"), you have to provide both the name of the signal and the indication of the signal. You must get 100% of the names correct in order to pass. For the definitions, they will just provide you with the term, you have to provide the entire definition for that term. For both the indications and the definitions you have to get at least 80% correct to pass. The names, indications and definitions are all word-for-word verbatim. If anything is missing, added or changed from how it is displayed in the study packet, it is wrong.
  8. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    That's totally dependent on the conductor you get. I paid for all my rides to and from Hillside before I was an employee, and I'd be very reluctant to let a non-employee ride free. Obviously between Jamaica and Hillside it's free because there's no way to buy a ticket to or from Hillside...but if you're going from Penn to Hillside or from Penn to Babylon, I'd expect you to have a ticket or an employee pass.
  9. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    There is a lot more to the process than memorizing signals and showing up for class. That stuff is just to get the job. The process winds up being 2.5 to 3 years long to keep the job. The cognitive test has proven itself to be a pretty good tool in weeding out people that ultimately would not succeed in the position. By the way, you overpaid for the train. You almost certainly traveled off-peak in both directions, but $32 is the price for a round-trip Peak ticket. Asking them for a refund because you did not pass the test would have been extremely inappropriate. If you drove to an interview at a McDonald's and they decided not to hire you, do they owe you a refund for the gas money you spent to get there? Do they owe you a happy meal? Come on.
  10. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    This is precisely why the application mentions that you must have a valid driver's license. What they are really saying is they want you to, at the very least, have the ability to drive a car to get to work. I don't think they can legally require you to own a car, but you really really need to have reliable access to a car. When you are a new A/C on probation (and probably for a while after probation) you won't have the seniority to own a regular job. There will be days when you are called and given 3 hours notice to report to a place like Port Jefferson or Speonk. According to Google Maps, right now at 4:45am it would take over an hour to drive from the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn to Port Jefferson station, and an hour and 20 min to drive out to Speonk. Babylon is relatively close in comparison to some of the weird places we have to show up for work. Try to be thankful for the opportunity rather than complaining about the railroad before you've ever stepped foot on one of our trains. The change in attitude will go a long way in helping you get this job. (By the way, notice what time I am up and going to work right now...)
  11. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    I overheard in Hillside the other day that there will be no more classes in 2018. The 4th and 5th classes of the year are currently in Hillside. The 4th class is just about to graduate, and the 5th class just started a few weeks ago (they'll probably graduate around Thanksgiving). Even though you guys had 22 or 24 people pass S&D, remember that not all of those people will wind up getting the job. Some of them may not pass the physical exam, and some of them may have already found other jobs while waiting. In January, if they find that they have more than 24 people ready to start, they'll probably just make 2 classes back to back. I know it's a long wait, which sucks, but don't get discouraged, it'll happen. Just keep studying your stuff so you don't forget it before class starts!
  12. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    I took these tests back in January of 2016, so things may have changed, but for me, the cognitive was a weird test, unlike anything I had ever seen before. There were sections with sequences of numbers and letters, where you had to pick the next number or letter based on the rules they laid out. There were sections where you had to read a flow chart and answer questions based on the chart. Each section was timed...they are looking for you to get as many questions correct as possible. They do not expect you to finish each section in the time allotted, so don't go guessing random answers to finish the section just before time is up. The vocabulary test that followed was very easy. It was 40 words, each with 4 possible synonyms, you just have to choose the correct answer. The math test was also very easy, just simple addition, multiplication and subtraction. The questions were like "A senior boards a train at Lynbrook and is traveling to Penn Station with two 11-year olds. A senior ticket costs $6 and tickets for children between the ages of 5-11 are $1 each. The senior gives you a $20 bill, what is her change?" They give you plenty of time to complete the test, and they give you scrap paper to work out your answers if need be.
  13. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    Look at it from the railroad's perspective...they have thousands upon thousands of applicants for very few positions. They can afford to be picky. On top of that, they are asking us to handle thousands of dollars in cash and safety-sensitive responsibilities. Credit report indicates how risky it is that the applicant might try to steal money (poor credit = high risk, obviously). Driving record indicates how responsible the applicant is. I wouldn't trust someone who has a DUI on their record to be able to open and close the doors safely, or throw a switch properly, etc etc. If they are OK with driving while drunk, how do I know they're not going to think its OK to show up to work drunk one day and open the doors off the platform at Nostrand Avenue? Some poor guy leaning against the doors then falls out of the train and falls to his death on Atlantic Ave. So, I guess to answer your question, "nah".
  14. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    I don't think this would be a moving violation, unless you were issued a ticket as a result of the accident? I don't think it'll be a problem. I have a classmate who had a number of speeding tickets. He was rejected as an Engineer due to the speeding tickets, but they hired him as a conductor. One accident shouldn't cause a problem.
  15. Two2Go

    LIRR Assistant Conductor Trainee

    Honestly, if MNR is a sure thing and you live in the city or north of the city, I’d go with MNR. LIRR is great, but so is MNR. They also qualify you in class at MNR, which is totally different from how LIRR does it. Once you graduate, you’re done, no more studying, no more stressing about your job. If you’re out on LI, then you’ve got a harder decision to make. I think MNR only gives you two hours to report (versus LIRR with 3 or 3.5 hours depending on the terminal). Can you get to Poughkeepsie with two hours notice?

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