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LIRR locomotive Engineer Trainee job

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Also for anyone interested in becoming an engineer, I can absolutely guarantee you that you are underestimating how much of your life you will sacrifice during training, and even after you qualify, to the craft. Make sure it's something you really want to do, and understand that you won't be home for holidays, birthdays, barbecues, weekends, etc. And if you aren't willing to make those sacrifices and put in the time to study during the training phase, you WILL fail out. I gaaarroooonteee.

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Oh and DO NOT use the stuff you find on quizlet unless YOU put it up there. You don't know how many times I've found incorrect definitions, indications, etc, OR the RR decides to change said definitions or indications after a previous trainee posted it to quizlet and you waste your time studying incorrect materials.

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Understood. Didn't take it like that. Differeance between the to is the engineer operates the train. Don't think knowing this determines if your capable of being a engineer or not. Went to the overview today. And I have a lot of studying to do

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Yeah got back from the overview this...lots of studying to be done but quite informative. Obvious difference for Conductors would be that we learn and get to drive the train and they can't...however they are required to learn alot of the same stuff we have to. They have to know all the signals and score a 100% too.

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Also for anyone interested in becoming an engineer, I can absolutely guarantee you that you are underestimating how much of your life you will sacrifice during training, and even after you qualify, to the craft. Make sure it's something you really want to do, and understand that you won't be home for holidays, birthdays, barbecues, weekends, etc. And if you aren't willing to make those sacrifices and put in the time to study during the training phase, you WILL fail out. I gaaarroooonteee.

Very true indeed.

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Thunderpants, are you in the training program or are you an engineer?

Retired, trolling the forum to see what what kind of talent this wage progression is attracting....thanks goodness for the forthcoming PTC....

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Most unions do wage progression at this point don't they?

No idea, don't really care about other unions. When (if) u make it anywhere near the point where the carrier hires you on, you'll learn about how the wage progression now works for the engineers.

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Most unions do wage progression at this point don't they?

No idea, don't really care about other unions. When (if) you make it anywhere near the point where the carrier hires you on, you'll learn about how the wage progression now works for the engineers.

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Retired, trolling the forum to see what what kind of talent this wage progression is attracting....thanks goodness for the forthcoming PTC....

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Yeah got back from the overview this...lots of studying to be done but quite informative. Obvious difference for Conductors would be that we learn and get to drive the train and they can't...however they are required to learn alot of the same stuff we have to. They have to know all the signals and score a 100% too.

And Jim, engineers don't "drive" the train....you let me know if you ever see a steering wheel on one of those things....engineers OPERATE.

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How many years did you have in? Do you think PTC will take away from the craft?

I've been pounding the rail since most of you were probably in diapers. I was a legacy there, my father was an engineer, my granddad was steam qualified.

 

PTC? I feel like it's one more step closer to turning the RR into the dammed monorail at Disney. Eventually they won't need engineers for passenger service.

 

I don't know why they are hiring more engineers. There's already a surplus and east side access is taking a hell of a lot longer than expected. I'd expect the hiring to stall out soon.

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I'm older than you think. I agree that automation is inevitable, but that is many many years away. LIRR is no AirTrain.

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They said they were expecting over 50 people to retire in the next 2 years.[/quote

 

That's complete BS. I don't know who "they" are but 7 went in 2014.

I'm older than you think. I agree that automation is inevitable, but that is many many years away. LIRR is no AirTrain.

Most of the technology is already in place. Only a small portion of the RR is dark territory. I don't think it's as far off as you think.

I'm older than you think. I agree that automation is inevitable, but that is many many years away. LIRR is no AirTrain.

Most of the technology is already in place. Only a small portion of the RR is dark territory. I don't think it's as far off as you think.

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When I went in in Jan for the interview/test, that was the reason we were given to their hiring frenzy. They've been doing an Interview session once a month since Dec.

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When I went in in Jan for the interview/test, that was the reason we were given to their hiring frenzy. They've been doing an Interview session once a month since Dec.

They've been doing interview sessions so frequently because of the lack of good applicants.

 

If 50 people retired every 2 years it would only take roughly 16 years to cycle through the entire 400 + roster. Mathematically meaning the average engineer career is only 16 years. Which is isn't.

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You would know better then me, what's the average age of a LIRR Locomotive Engineer at this point? Not everyone retires just because they can...is it possible they've built up a large group of Engineers who could pull the trigger and retire on them?  You're also right on the people interviewing...alot of people are getting cut just from the 1st interview alone.

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Well good luck to all of you applying. I've heard of a few people that it took YEARS to get hired on. My best advice is to look for and apply to as many positions as you feel you are qualified for. It's a good company to work for, but don't put all your hope into the engine service program.

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good luck to everyone who gets into phase 1. i know a class will start in may. s&d is probably only 1/8 of what you need to learn. your brain will have to be like a sponge for the next 12 months. it's hard but doable as long as you put in the time. once again good luck. we'll all need it.

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Well good luck to all of you applying. I've heard of a few people that it took YEARS to get hired on. My best advice is to look for and apply to as many positions as you feel you are qualified for. It's a good company to work for, but don't put all your hope into the engine service program.

 

Thanks for the heads up! Panel coming up soon. Not quitting my job until I know I am officially in. But in the mean time. Going to work as usual as this process is not guaranteed.

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good luck to everyone who gets into phase 1. i know a class will start in may. s&d is probably only 1/8 of what you need to learn. your brain will have to be like a sponge for the next 12 months. it's hard but doable as long as you put in the time. once again good luck. we'll all need it.

thanks CGeorge. Even though the panel is 1 month away been reviewing the material Everyday not to forget.

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