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  1. I am very curious bout Locomotive Engineer for NJ Transit are there any on this forum?  What is the pay rate like in training and once your done ?  I heard that they need people and always have the opening on their site but I rather hear first hand from an Engineers experience if it is worth applying for.

  2. Hey whats up guys. I am new to the forum. I as well have completed my background check and was also called to take the "Attention Exam" This week coming up. When I asked the recruiter, she said that the exam test your reaction time and your ability to stay alert. I also thinks that they will test to see if you have sleep apnea. I would assume that this is a new exam in lieu of all the train accidents that have occurred in the recent past. I read that they want to make sleep apnea testing an MTA wide thing not only a Metro North thing in which ALL ENGINEERS and CONDUCTERS must pass.

    I doubt we are getting tested for sleep apnea on Friday. That would be done after a medical is done plus you have to wear a machine while your sleeping. This test is only about 20 mins from what i was told.

  3. Hey guys been a while I passed the exam, and did my background that crap was a real pain in the ass with the W2s.  I had an issue where I was hired by a company and they changed thier name a few times.  The background company was a real pain in the rear about it but they made a notation of the company changing their name and said its completed.

  4. No I didnt see anyone that came in. I got there around 8ish with the intent to study but i was told once i sign in, there was no more studying. So they sat me alllll the way up front!!! I was the 1st in the room

    Ya I was in the back on the left side as you enter the hall, 3 people showed up late they were sent away but one of them ran in like he ran a marathon to get there.

  5. It's open competitive, but I graduated from HS about two years ago. I'm almost 20 years old and I'm enrolled as a student in college, but I won't have the five years of work experience or 120 credits + a year by the time the application filing period starts.


    I've been told by some current employees that I should be good to go with my score on the conductor exam, but i understand what you mean about never knowing what can happen and I plan on taking other exams that I qualify for.


    On the last part I think I'll just deal with taking the train if I were to get hired. I'd rather save that money up for a Dodge Charger instead of a hooptie lol.

    Be smart with your money I made that mistake of getting a Muscle Car when I could have put my money into better use like saving for a house.  I had a student T/O recently and he had already bought a brand new car lol.

  6. Remember you're taking a risk driving to work. TA doesn't care if you're late due to traffic or your car breaking down. Because they'll just say that's why we gave you a pass, because you're supposed to be using the system to get to work. Lots of folks drive to work including me. But you take a risk in doing so. I'd suggest he wait until being off probation before driving to work.



    Station Supervisor Level I

    Its a risk all the time when you drive, but TA doesn't wanna hear that it took you 3 hours to get home late night after getting off from Stillwell to go back home in the Bronx to get only 5 or 6 hours sleep.  Only to wake up not well rested to go do that early PM job somewhere just as far being Extra Extra specially in the B Div is rough when they send you to locations far away from home.  Just plan accordingly I am always at work an hour early even to this day I got a pick job I am still an hour early.

  7. my brother has been a conductor for 5 years now and took the T/O promotional so i ask questions all the time..he works the #7 train in the IRT A division..he said the job has its days..remember you own the train not the T/O..if the T/O accidently put the train in emergency you have to pull the cord on him...you can get in trouble for a T/O mistake which sucks..other then this and cutting a stuck door the job  can be easy..but you will learn all of  this in school car ofcourse..


    Umm if you yank the cord on a T/O who went BIE I guaranteed that C/R is going downtown and will be explaining himself or herself.  

  8. Thanks for the insight, so do you enjoy being a Train Operator more than a Conductor? I'd like to do both I don't meet the requirements for Train Operator so that'll be down the line if I ever get hired within the MTA, but according to the preliminary results of 6601 I only got one wrong. Unfortunately it seems like the last exams were given in July so us O/C people have a bit of a wait to receive our official scores and such.


    The only thing that concerns me about being a Conductor or a Train Operator is the extra extra list and getting to work on time, traveling 2 hours potentially just to get to work by subway doesn't make me excited to say the least lol. Other than that I have no responsibilities such as children and I'm still very young and in good shape so I figure my body can adjust better than someone in their mid 40's.


    I'm still debating this over other city exams that I've taken though, but this is what I really want.

    I love being a Train Operator more than a Conductor for sure less time dealing with the public is always a perk.  How don't you meet the requirements to be a Train Operator the test is Open Comp.  I will say being a Conductor first then moving to Train Operator has it's perks as you already know the rules and regulations of NYCT and have knowledge.  So if you were in a class of people from the Open Comp list you already have a good lead on stuff..


    Well I have a car I made sure I was prepared because I do live all the way uptown on the 2 line and when I was put in the B Div I definitely did not wanna sit on the train for two and a half hours if I got sent to Far Rock.  You can save up for a hooptie like a good 4 cyl car lol.


    Just keep taking all those exams you never know what can happen.

  9. How is being a conductor in terms of the physics aspects of the job? Is it tiring? And do conductors often get forced overtime?

    I mean if you don't get your proper rest it can be tiring.  Only when certain issues arise we may get stuck doing overtime depends on the situation its not like 8 hours of forced overtime maybe 1 or 2 hours like i said it depends on the situation.

  10. I did 4 years as a Conductor from what you said about working in the Hospital scene you know that this system runs 24/7 365 days.  Being a Conductor for me in the beginning was fun and rewarding as I always wanted to work on a railroad but this is a subway system.  


    The training was pretty simple and straight forward I think the hardest part of training for Conductors is maybe remembering the proper procedure in cutting out a door the right way and remembering the circuit breakers were a bit tricky for me.  The rules and regulations are pretty simple to remember and follow as well the tests were easy as long as you study the materials.  Ask questions to whatever you don't understand your Instructors are there to help you.


    The first practical will be in the yard with door cut outs and I think I did like 4 pretend station stops then they hit me with the door problem lol.  The second practical you will actually be going down the road with an out of service train where you will simulate a few station stops and then they will hit you with the station where the train operator stops the train short of the proper car stop marker.  The next one will be the station over run and the Instructor will tell you ok what do you do if the train operator over runs the station?


    I think the hardest part of this job for me was the dealing with the Crew Assignment while on the Extra Extra list when I got hired I had no option and was put in the IND/BMT (B Div).  I lived close to all IRT lines but I did not complain and waited until it was time to pick to transfer the heck outta the IND/BMT.  Also trying to get a day off for important things when you request a day off we have to put it 20 days in advance and then you will have to check the bulletin board for the day to be approved.  Sometimes that important day may not get approved and lots of people get upset about this procedure so be prepared. 


    As for the customer service part we deal with a lot being the conductor you will hear lots of griping from customers specially since you will close the doors of trains as you were trained and get cursed out by customers.  They will be really confused when weekend GO's are running so make sure you make those service change announcements.  I can't tell you how now I am a Train operator and I worked with some special conductors who DON'T make service change announcements that gets me so mad, but I will make them instead so that we don't get complaints.


    In the end the job has good pay, and great benefits I hope my story helped and good luck.

  11. No I didnt call the number yet. I was planning on calling tomorrow or something. I didnt realize youre also going to be getting study material to take the test...Interesting but I'm looking forward to whatever they have

    Yea you have to call them to verify your spot, they will tell you that you will get that second email to give you the time to be at the location.  Then the second email said you will be mailed materials to study, don't delay brother call first thing tomorrow morning and good luck to you.

  12. I received an invitation email to take a test for this next month. Anyone know what to expect and the difficulty in getting this position?


    I've seen plenty info on this site for LIRR but nothing specifically for MNRR.

    Did you call the number in the email ?  They send you a second email telling you the time your suppose to go and take the test.  The email also states you will receive study material soon before a certain date mine says i should get the study material no later than August 24th.  I too would like any tips or advice as this decision is hard for me as I am currently a T/O with almost 9 years. 

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