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The Schoolcar Experience

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Today was the first day of Schoolcar. There are 40 T/Os and 20 C/Rs in the orientation class for the next couple of days, until we get split up at P.S. 248. All the C/Rs are going to the B Division; the T/Os got split down the middle. I chose B Division, since it's close to my in-laws.

 

We had 2 TSSs run the class; they are awesome. Very down to earth, and not afraid to tell the truth. They warned the class that Transit will take over your life; no weekends, holidays, family functions, etc. I've been dealing with that for 16 years, so it's not news to me.

 

They also warned about how intense Schoolcar is, and that the job is not meant for everyone. That being said, they told us to take advantage of tutoring if needed, and to always ask questions.

 

Feels like I'm in Paramedic Class again, to be honest. Then again, my hunger to be a Train Operator exceeds what my hunger was to be a Paramedic, so the motivation is there. I am going in with the 'I know nothing, please teach me everything, for my brain is a sponge' mentality.

 

Most of us got our Photo IDs and Employee Metrocards. We also filled out the emergency contact info, and got to watch a video about Substance Abuse.

 

Lots of questions asked by others in the class; some of them multiple times. The TSSs have more patience than I do.

 

 

364 days until the end of Probation.

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Hey mediccjh I think I was sitting in the row across from you today. Were you the one that mentioned about being the paramedic? I really had a good laugh when they annouced that the entire conductor class was being sent to the B division. Some of those faces were priceless. I was so happy when nearly all the train operators said the were from Brooklyn/Queens. I knew then I was gonna get what I wanted.

 

B-) The A division :D

 

Mediccjh is also right about the TSS's we had today. They both were very knowledgeable and professional. Everything that RTOman and Pelham Bay Dave have said on this forums about the job are 100% truth. This title is no joke. Thier is no room for error. You must know your job 100%.

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Hey mediccjh I think I was sitting in the row across from you today. Were you the one that mentioned about being the paramedic? I really had a good laugh when they annouced that the entire conductor class was being sent to the B division. Some of those faces were priceless. I was so happy when nearly all the train operators said the were from Brooklyn/Queens. I knew then I was gonna get what I wanted.

 

B-) The A division :D

 

Mediccjh is also right about the TSS's we had today. They both were very knowledgeable and professional. Everything that RTOman and Pelham Bay Dave have said on this forums about the job are 100% truth. This title is no joke. Thier is no room for error. You must know your job 100%.

 

 

TSS: Do we have any street pharmacists in here?

Me: Do Paramedics count?

 

Yes, some of those faces were priceless. I don't care where they put me (I got to choose though); I want the job.

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Its Intense But still you Folks can and will have some fun trust me on this! Get to know each other people your classmates can be the backbone of your time down here. Things can open up so to speak in time you will see what i mean by this.

 

P.S Stay away from the foamers and Know It Alls! After a while you may "see" it start to show...

 

RTO Labor Relations CURES that real quick!

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So I guess today was the real orientation. A lot of information in a short amount of time. Tomorrow should be fun, I think we get measured for our uniform.

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The fun doesn't start until the second week, when you finally divide into your classes and get into the yards. Week 1 is all orientation stuff, but pay attention since a lot of it will appear on your final exam in another couple months!

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Its Intense But still you Folks can and will have some fun trust me on this! Get to know each other people your classmates can be the backbone of your time down here. Things can open up so to speak in time you will see what i mean by this.

 

 

P.S Stay away from the foamers and Know It Alls! After a while you may "see" it start to show...

 

RTO Labor Relations CURES that real quick!

 

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Man this reply w quote is tuff...anyway thats epic RTO MAN foamers..I remember a post that NASCAR made awhile back when he 1st came out..he had a kid come up talkn trains and procedure like a champ and was in full blown MTA uni w a radio and NASCAR was like is that kid rci and his tss was like hes not even a employee lmaoo

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Second day was more paperwork and HR Orientation. Really not much to report.

 

Basically, don't beat up the customers, or your co-workers.

 

A Union rep came in and welcomed us into the Union.

 

Took care of our benefits today. Room was much more crowded since they had other titles there for today.

 

363 days until the end of probation.

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We have to report to the Learning Center (P.S. 248) on Friday 7:30 in the morning, can anybody share what we should expect? Also, how is the parking over there?

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Day 3 was uneventful.

 

We learned about the Civil Service process, and discussed our compensation, payroll, and paid time off. Afternoon was uniform-fitting.

 

362.

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Day 3 was uneventful.

 

We learned about the Civil Service process, and discussed our compensation, payroll, and paid time off. Afternoon was uniform-fitting.

 

362.

 

 

I believe i was in the row behind you today. seat closest to the aisle. One of my buddies is in his 4 month of school car now in B div and he is posting on the lines. His advice was be humble and pay attention and we shouldnt have any issues getting through school car. Who wouldve thought that it takes a almost a week to fill out papers and learn some policy.

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I waiting for this thread to get good when u guys take some trains on some JOYRIDES =P

 

 

I waiting for this to get good when people start resigning because they can't take the bullshit that comes with the job...I'm just saying.

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Today was the first day of Schoolcar. There are 40 T/Os and 20 C/Rs in the orientation class for the next couple of days, until we get split up at P.S. 248. All the C/Rs are going to the B Division; the T/Os got split down the middle. I chose B Division, since it's close to my in-laws.

 

We had 2 TSSs run the class; they are awesome. Very down to earth, and not afraid to tell the truth. They warned the class that Transit will take over your life; no weekends, holidays, family functions, etc. I've been dealing with that for 16 years, so it's not news to me.

 

They also warned about how intense Schoolcar is, and that the job is not meant for everyone. That being said, they told us to take advantage of tutoring if needed, and to always ask questions.

 

Feels like I'm in Paramedic Class again, to be honest. Then again, my hunger to be a Train Operator exceeds what my hunger was to be a Paramedic, so the motivation is there. I am going in with the 'I know nothing, please teach me everything, for my brain is a sponge' mentality.

 

Most of us got our Photo IDs and Employee Metrocards. We also filled out the emergency contact info, and got to watch a video about Substance Abuse.

 

Lots of questions asked by others in the class; some of them multiple times. The TSSs have more patience than I do.

 

 

364 days until the end of Probation.

 

 

So if it's a split class you can choose your division?

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So if it's a split class you can choose your division?

 

 

Almost everybody was able to choose their division, but the B division filled up first and everybody left were placed in the A division.

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Today was the end of the Livingston St. experience. The Union came in, and talked to us right up to lunch, along with a supplemental benefits guy.

 

After lunch, we got our class assignments, and also sat through the ADA Stuff.

 

We start at P.S. 248 tomorrow at 0730 hrs.

 

361.

 

P.S. Thanks to the mod, whoever you are, for changing my status. Just noticed it. :)

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Wait and see how many people run away in fear when they show the Third Rail Jumper Cable video......

 

 

ON THE SHOE!

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My attitude in schoolcar was that whatever they have us do, I would do, even if I'm a little nervous about it, like the Third Rail Jumpers. I'm sure this applies even more to T/Os. Some of it is dangerous, but many people have been able to do it and provided you take it seriously, are careful, and do it in the manner you are instructed, you will be OK. Just don't have that "I'm not doing THAT!" reaction to anything. Don't be afraid to talk to your TSSs if you need clarification about how to do something or if you're still unsure about it. They will help you.

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When we did the third rail jumpers it was kinda cool actually, the worst part i had was retrieving and locking those effing portions...

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Final day of the week, we started at P.S. 248.

 

We got all of our tools. And books. And they weigh more than most midgets.

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