Jump to content

Attention: In order to reply to messages, create topics, have access to other features of the community you must sign up for an account.
Sign in to follow this  
Silk City Transit

Locomotive Engineer

Recommended Posts

Okay, I've been contemplating whether or not it would be worth it to apply for locomotive engineer (with NJ Transit).  The pros would be more money, a little more seclusion (won't have to deal with passengers as much nor traffic), plus it is another thing besides driving a bus that I've always wanted to do.

 

The cons from what I understand are the hours and way of life when you first start - on call, odd hours, various work locations, etc.

 

I read the description and the cons are giving me serious reservations about it.  Don't get me wrong, I love driving a bus and I'm in NO rush to give it up.  Still, it's something I'd like to learn a little more about.  

 

If anybody here has any insight or information about locomotive engineer, I'd love to hear it.

 

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've heard training is up to a year, maybe a bit longer

 

Also I've considered it myself, except for one thing: if you get into a snag on the NEC, you're basically stuck in one spot whereas on the highway, say a catastrophic incident like the rainstorm that shut down I-78 (and US 22 in Scotch Plains) that day, you have options to maneuver around

Edited by 46Dover

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The news media have been covering NJT commuter rail's latest struggles as they race to meet a deadline to install positive train control on its locomotives and cab units. One of the factors that NJT has been citing to justify cancelled trains is that there aren't enough crews, and if you apply today to become an engineer, it takes about TWO years of training. The road to becoming an engineer is very structured. Bus driver training is like that too, very regimented and weeks of training before you even sit in the driver's seat of a NABI transit or MCI cruiser.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
21 hours ago, davemackey said:

The news media have been covering NJT commuter rail's latest struggles as they race to meet a deadline to install positive train control on its locomotives and cab units. One of the factors that NJT has been citing to justify cancelled trains is that there aren't enough crews, and if you apply today to become an engineer, it takes about TWO years of training. The road to becoming an engineer is very structured. Bus driver training is like that too, very regimented and weeks of training before you even sit in the driver's seat of a NABI transit or MCI cruiser.

Bus training is structured but only about four weeks long (maybe slightly longer now since I started).  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/4/2018 at 3:34 AM, Bruticus said:

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.

Looks like they're going to be hiring a lot of engineers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Harry said:

Looks like they're going to be hiring a lot of engineers.

I heard that they can call in a vacation day on the same day they wanna take off that's a huge perk right there shoot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.