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Any updates on Track Worker Exam 5016?

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Class is going well, Big tings a gwan. We're learning how to use the rail slotter / guiding panels, also cutting / drilling rails. I can tell that this is a job that I'm going to love. Met a lot of cool people, including some senior guys. Even chopped it up with a Capital dude that was working on the 1 Train / Van Cortlandt putting panels in. Lotta good people in track work, funny ones too.

 

Glad they're showing you how to use some of the power tools and teaching you about panels. When I was in track school(93)all they did was hand me a ballast fork and told me to dig for a month. Seems like the teaching has gotten a lot better over the years. Sounds like you're gonna enjoy doing track work. I did, and still do. It's a great job with lots of opportunities if you choose to advance.

Good luck,

Spike

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Did you get your CDL?

 

Yeah, I got mine years ago. It came in handy some years back. I was able to pick a location(which I wouldn't have got without it) close to my house for a few years thanks to the CDL. Really haven't had a need for it as of late since I don't want to drive or specialist operate. I can pick pretty much anywhere I want with my seniority. But a CDL for a new guy is a great advantage. Most guys don't have it(CDL)and it will give you an opportunity to pick tours,rdo's and locations you normally wouldn't be able to pick(with your seniority).

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Yeah, I got mine years ago. It came in handy some years back. I was able to pick a location(which I wouldn't have got without it) close to my house for a few years thanks to the CDL. Really haven't had a need for it as of late since I don't want to drive or specialist operate. I can pick pretty much anywhere I want with my seniority. But a CDL for a new guy is a great advantage. Most guys don't have it(CDL)and it will give you an opportunity to pick tours,rdo's and locations you normally wouldn't be able to pick(with your seniority).

 

 

We're doing our flagging training now (9 Days) Everything's going pretty well.

 

Teaching us full flagging and point to point. What gang / yard are you in Spike?

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I got my letter last week and I'm going in Wed morning July 20th. From what I understand is that all I'm gonna do is the drug test then go home. Anyone remember how long it takes them to give u the results and move to the next step? My list number is in the upper 920s.

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They still haven't cracked the #1,000 list mark? Being such a short

list(#7119) you have to get a 94.00+ to have a shot. But looking over

the scores/spreads of the list, over half of the list got an 85.00+

Brighton Local from this forum got an 87.50--#4027.

 

Expect the next track worker exam to have almost double the amount of

eligibles, since unemployment is higher these days then back in the spring of 2006.

Keep in mind that the unemployed and people on welfare have the exam fees waived.

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I got my letter last week and I'm going in Wed morning July 20th. From what I understand is that all I'm gonna do is the drug test then go home. Anyone remember how long it takes them to give u the results and move to the next step? My list number is in the upper 920s.

 

Good to hear they're calling more people. It usually takes a day or two, for them to call you back, then you have to go in for the physical. Congrats

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By any chance, you didn't walk with us from Bliss, to Woodside right?

 

Nah, not me bro. I'm in T3, though they sent me a flagging trainee today...

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Kee. Good man right there, I'll see him tomorrow when we take the test.

 

Cool. Good luck to both of you tomorrow.

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I just came back from pre-employment. Got turned around because I put down a misdemeanor from 2005 but did not have any court documents. Now I gotta go to court and get the paper (which is pointless to me if they are gonna check it and find out anyway) and call them back. I didn't even get to do the drug test but i guess it wasn't a complete waste of time. At least they gave me the 20 page packet to fill out and bring back (with all the same info I just gave them today). Has anyone else been turned around and how long did it take to get another appointment? I'm disappointed but all this runnin around will be worth it if I get hired.

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dont worry just get your papers to them in time so u can make this class so you dont have to wait no longer. i just started i was in the last class with kee and foams it was like 23 of us in the class i think this is the greatest job ever so just do what they say and be honest to them u will be here in no time

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dont worry just get your papers to them in time so u can make this class so you dont have to wait no longer. i just started i was in the last class with kee and foams it was like 23 of us in the class i think this is the greatest job ever so just do what they say and be honest to them u will be here in no time

 

yea I'm on it ASAP. I'm goin down to center street to get the court disposition papers then I'm gonna call the number they gave me right away to tell them I have it. Hopefully I don't miss out on the next class. I just wish I coulda got the drug test out of the way but it is what it is. I had all my work history in order. My hand almost fell off from writing all the jobs and periods of unemployment for the last 10 years. I filled up the extra sheet of work history and still had 1 more job to put on another sheet. Do u know if they actually contact employers for reference or do they just check records to verify the dates you put down?

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Just be honest with what you put down on the 21 page booklet, you do have to explain if you were unemployed for 4 or more months how you supported

yourself during that time. Always assume that they will contact your former

employers to verify what you put down.

 

This isn't a resume type of situation where you go in wearing a suit and tie

and have to impress the person interviewing you. Even if you never worked

a day in your life they still have to hire you. For the title of T/O you do need

verifiable work experience, but for most other titles you don't.

 

For the record when does list 5016 expire? 03/2012? thanks and good luck.

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So I called today and found out that the next class starts Sept. 19. I'm relieved to find out I'm not falling behind. Gonna fax in my papers to them and I should be back in next week for my drug test and medical soon after. I appreciate all the info u guys have shared on here its been a big help in me getting thru this process. Can't wait to get my foot in the door.

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i just started the process for track worker position,i was wondering after school ends what is a typical workweek like for newbies,is it always nights and weekends?are your days off together and what ones would they be?also how many years does it take to become a track inspector,it seems like they have better shifts,thank you

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Does Track Worker require a NYS license? I received the letter last week to go in. I have a NJ license and Im terrified that I might not be able to get the job because of my license. Can someone let me know please...

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i just started the process for track worker position,i was wondering after school ends what is a typical workweek like for newbies,is it always nights and weekends?are your days off together and what ones would they be?also how many years does it take to become a track inspector,it seems like they have better shifts,thank you

 

Usually it's nights for newbies. You can get lucky and pick a day job(8am-4pm)out of school but eventually you'll end up nights(10pm-6am). Days off in maintenance are Fri/Sat, Sun/Mon, and a rare Sat/Sun. Days off in Capital are midweek Mon/Tue etc..

Track Inspector usually have the same tour(shift) and rdo's(days off) as regular Trackmen. You can become a Track Inspector fairly quickly. Probably within a couple years or sooner.

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