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  1. First finish high school. You will need to take an open competitive civil service exam for the title of train operator when it is given. At the time you file for the test you need to have a total of 5 years of previous full time work experience in any type of job , anywhere. You may substitute 1 year of college for 1 year of work , up to 4 years. So for example you may go to college for 2 years and have 3 years full time work experience. If you have over 4 years of college , you still need a year of full time work expereince doing something. Once you meet that criteria , you can take the Open Competitive exam when it is given. The pass mark is set at 70 or 75 I believe , but realistically , if you don't at least score a 95 , it is unlikely you will ever get called , although technically it is possible. If you pass the test you will get a list #. If and when your list number is called you will be summoned to take a drug test , a comprehensive medical exam , and go through a background investigation. If you pass all of that , you will accepted intot the training program known as 'school car' which will last just under 4 months if you go into the A division (numbered lines) or just under 6 months if you go into the B division (lettered lines). If you pass school car , you will be on probation for the remainder of a year from the date you were hired. After probation , you will be paid the full train operator pay rate when you have completed 231 road days. You can also become a train operator by being hired by the MTA in another title in NYC Transit (you cannot lateral from LIRR or Metro North , or lateral from NYCT to either of them) for example cleaner , station agent , conductor , and then taking a promotional exam to train operator when it is given. In your case being a high school student , this may be the better way for you to go since you will not be eligible to take the OC exam for several years and you will probably not make the next one. So you will have to wait to take the following one , and then several years to get hired beyond the exam date. Either way , good luck.
  2. Next time bring some slices of cheese with you and when you get close to them , feed 'em some cheese. They'll come right up to you and nibble it out of your hand ... make friends with them and they won't bother you. In time , some of them will even help you get that put in done. :tup:
  3. What I want to know is , since it's a 1.6 million dollar pad it must be pretty big ... SO who is buying the beer when we all head over to Big Jay's place for one kick ass housewarming party :tup:
  4. Last night me and my conductor had to isolate a car with vomit in a relay. We notify control and get to the terminal almost an hour later. Six cleaners standing on the platform , not one wants to clean it. Some this and that about it's another guys car. We're on the train back and forth and off it less than 15 minutes in 4 hours and we have to hang around on our break time waiting for some cleaner to come clean the mess since we un-isolated the car back at the terminal. Long story short , the dispatcher has to get involved and call a cleaning supervisor. Turns out whoever was responsible for the car was sleeping somewhere , the train left late , and on my next trip I caught up to it and got stuck behind it all because of one guy whose a f*ck up down here. Needless to say his supervisor probably did nothign more than talk to him if he even did that. We are our own worst enemies down here because all the departments wearing the same MTA patch don't look out for one another or act cohesively. I was discussing the same thing with my conductor that another poster posted here , the reporters are out there. How hard would it be to snap a photo of vomit and six cleaners standing around refusing to clean it. With everything going on with layoffs and this and that right now , why act foolish? Those guys were wrong to sleep in their cars , plain and simple. No doubt someone dropped a dime on them , but they still put themselves out there to be exposed like that. Sorry to say it , but my time got wasted last night because of some lazy cleaner who went and dozed off and I won't feel sorry for him if he gets laid off , union member or not. The press and public are watching right now. It's a good time to be on top of our game collectively and not slacking off. People will notice. It's good to take personal pride in yourself and your job , especially working for an organization that is despised by the press and public. Stand out and shine , be on top of your game out there. I'm proud to be a motorman , I think everyone that works for the MTA and posts here feels the same about themselves and their titles. Spread the pride around , and you'll find not only the public will show us more respect , but the union membership will be stronger and solidify if and when all the inter-departmental bullshit ceases.
  5. LOL!!!! LMFAO!!! If they really do that , go and play pool outside his building , that is some FUNNY sh*t !!! :tup:
  6. Come on everyone , you're all being awfully hard on Mr. Walder. Instead of getting upset at what he makes , why don't we all send him a few bucks out of our paychecks , say $20 bucks a head , every pay period , until he's gone , to show our appreciation and veneration for our new spiritual leader!
  7. Hey Will , Shit*y deal , man. Sorry to see you go. Good luck. Since you got 99 weeks , enjoy the summer and live a little. Be strong. A better opportunity will come along and when it does , you won't miss this place. :tup:
  8. Personally , I felt it was very difficult to learn the R-160's were not outfitted with cup holders and leather seats.
  9. FDBGUY , no offense , but you're a douche. Your attitude is exactly what is wrong with this country. Everyone b*tching and moaning and crying when someone has a little more than they have. I don't have to forgo a pay raise because you're out of a job. I didn't cause you to lose your last job and neither did the TWU or the MTA. I don't have to be grateful for my job because I work hard and maintain my employment by coming in every day and doing what I get paid to do. I also waited over 3 years on the list to get the job , like you're waiting right now. If you do get hired you'll be singing a different tune when some crybaby tells you what you're trying to tell us now. When times are good people look at civil servants like they're sh*t , yet when times are bad and we're looking good then guys like you hate on us. Instead of whining on here , spend the day with a newspaper checking out the want ads. We earn the pay we make , we're not freeloaders. Maybe I should tell you how lucky you are to be getting unemployment and that you should be grateful you're getting a check mailed to you each week while you probably sit on your a*s and pretend you're looking for work. Big baby.
  10. I have a question about calling out sick : Is it an acceptable excuse to call out sick with a broken heart? What about if you feel home sick? O how about if you're just plain sick and tired? Or if you're just sick of all the crap? (Would you call out with a stomach virus in that case?) Hmmm ....
  11. The (N)ovember is going good , hope I can stay there come next pick. How are you doing? Hope the job is treating you well.
  12. Either the train operator or conductor can program them. Technically the conductor is supposed to do it , but if a train operator gets on the train and gets set up at his position first it's an act of courtesy to program it. When the train is inspected as a put-in , if there is a problem with the computer or the announcements , the displays , etc. the train operator is supposed to report it before the train is 'put-in'. If a problem occurs en-route and the crew discovers it , they report it at the terminal. In most cases the train won't be taken out of service or prevented from finishing it's run. When time permits the train will be sent to the yard and it will repaired there.
  13. I work on the N Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun and the Q Mon , Tues/Wed off. PM's. Do you work for the MTA?

  14. Mike, what line do you work? I'm asking because I am friends with LOTS of employees.

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