Assistant Conductor
Metropolitan Transportation Authority 71 reviews - Queens, NY

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Job Information

Title: Assistant Conductor
Department: Transportation Services
Post Date: 11/19/2012
Close Date: 12/03/2012
Hay Point Evaluation: N/A
100% Hourly Rate of Pay: $32.753
Position Classification: Safety Sensitive
Location: Various
Reports To: Conductor
Union Affiliation: United Transportation Union (UTU)


Provides excellent customer service to all passengers. Inspects, collects and sells cash fares on passenger trains in accordance with established procedures.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Provide passengers with information, answers questions concerning train rules, regulations, and schedules, and provides destination information.
  • Must walk through moving passenger trains in performance of duties, climb on and off equipment using fixed ladders or stairs, assist passengers on, off and through trains routinely or under emergency conditions.
  • Routinely operate yard and main track switches, derails, operates levers and valves to separate cars, couples and uncouples air brake hoses, inspects trains, performs minor repairs to equipment, applies or releases hand brakes, aligns coupling assemblies, opens and closes doors and stair covers (traps) on passenger equipment.
  • Assist in the movement of cars to assemble trains or place for repair or service.
  • Observes, interprets and relays various types of signals including hand, fixed position or color lights to control the movement of trains and engines for the safety of passengers.
  • Reads and understands rules and instructions, gives as well as follows written and oral instructions, communicates clearly via public address and radio systems with passenger and railroad facilities.
  • Provides protection (flag) for third party contractors along tracks, on platforms, bridges, tunnels and other railroad facilities.

  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent (GED) approved by a State's Department of Education or recognized accredited organization.
  • Ability to read and understand operating manuals, ability to write train orders, seal records and delay reports.
  • Accounting skills equivalent to maintaining and balancing a check book.
  • Mechanical aptitude for troubleshooting equipment and air brake systems.
  • Solid oral communication skills; must have ability to successfully pass oral and written promotion examinations.
  • Frequent pushing/pulling MU car doors 23 to 55 lb.. (one armed push/pull strength of 39 lb. avg.) and retracting electric coupler 90lb force.
  • Occasional climbing on stairs and ladders, including 32" initial step above ground to enter train with hand hold 62" above ground.
  • Required to wear a uniform that consists of a coat, vest and trousers, a cap, shirt and tie.
Preferred/Desirable Skills/Qualifications:
  • Some college preferred.
  • Prior customer service and cash handling experience.
  • Successful completion of Introduction to Operating Rules & Procedures training class.
Steps to the Selection Process:
1. Employees who have satisfactory work records and meet the stated requirements will be invited to take an aptitude test. This test has three parts, Vocabulary, Math, and Cognitive. A preliminary assessment interview will also be conducted at the time. Based on the results, candidates will receive LIRR operations, signals and definitions study material.
2. Successful candidates at this stage will be invited to take the LIRR signal and definition exam. Those successfully passing this exam will participate in a panel interview on this day. If successful, they will also on this day have a physical abilities screening to ensure they can perform the essential functions of the job.
3. Training Program: Candidates who successfully complete the steps of the selection process outlined in 1&2 above, may be selected to participate in the Assistant Conductor Training Program. The Training for Assistant Conductor is administered through an approximately 11-week COMPENSATED program.
Instruction will include operating rules and policies, onboard ticket sales and procedures, airbrake and troubleshooting requirements, passenger train emergency preparedness(PTEP) and on track safety.
The process will consist of hands on evaluation as well as mandatory written exams. Failure to pass all exams and training requirements will result in dismissal.

Written and Practical Qualifying Exams:
  • Operating Rules & Procedures for passenger and freight service.
  • Ticket sales, collections and accounting procedures.
  • Air Brake equipment inspections and troubleshooting.
  • PTEP
  • CPR First Aid
Qualifying from Assistant Conductor to Conductor is mandatory as per current Article 5 agreement. Failure to qualify as a Conductor may result in termination from the Company.

Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule

We offer competitive salaries and an excellent, comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Full Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Care
  • Life Insurance
  • Comprehensive Sick Leave Benefits
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Vacation/Personal Leave Days
  • Transportation Pass Privileges
  • Tuition Assistance Reimbursement
  • Pension Plan
  • In-house training seminars
Wage Progression: $32.753 (100% Hourly Pay Rate) as of 1/1/09

70% - $47,688 - 1st. 365 Calendar Days
75% - $51,095 - 2nd. 365 Calendar Days
80% - $54,501 - 3rd. 365 Calendar Days
85% - $57,907 - 4th 365 Calendar Days
90% - $61,314 - 5th 365 Calenday Days
100% - $68,126 After 1,825 Calendar Days

Other Information

In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the position, the selection process may include, but is not limited to, a pre-screening assessment (i.e. physical, cognitive, written and/ or practical evaluation) and interview. Candidates forfeit further consideration in the process if they fail to participate in any step of the process when scheduled. Make up dates/times will not be given. In addition, LIRR employee applicants must be in their current position for the 12 months immediately preceding the close date of this posting and must possess a satisfactory work history, including attendance and discipline record. Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process. A background investigation, medical examination and safety sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required.

How To Apply

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When applying for positions, please ensure that you attach a resume during the application process and that you receive a confirmation e-mail that your application was accepted. If you do not receive an email confirmation your application may not have been received and will not be able to be considered after the deadline date. If you encounter problems, please call the BSC Customer Management Center at (646) 376-0123 Monday through Friday (except MTA-HQ holidays), 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Long Island Rail Road is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. As such, we encourage applicants from women and members of minority groups.

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