Train Operator - NYC Subway Hiring NOW

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Train Operator - NYC Subway Hiring NOW

Postby ParallelPhil » Sat Dec 24, 2016 1:22 pm

Application MUST be completed by December 27, 2016 online.

Greetings !

For those on the forum who may be interested in driving a train in the urban environment, here is some information about becoming a driver on the New York Subway.

The MTA - New York City subway is holding an exam for the position of "Train Operator". Applicants wishing to take the exam must apply online @ (employment section) on or before December 27th, 2016.

Pay is on an hourly basis, with a guaranteed pay minimum of 40 hours a week.
Current pay during training is $32.89/hour ($1315 minimum a week) rising to $34.50/hour after a training and probationary period is complete.

Any work over 8 hours a day is paid at an overtime rate of 150% of your hourly rate. Any voluntary work on a scheduled day off is at 150% of your hourly rate. Night, weekend, and holiday extra pay applies. Train Operators assigned to run without a conductor will make an extra $2/hour. Most trains have a Conductor. The minimum pre-tax contractual annual pay for 2016 is $71,760 US Dollars (£ 51,400 at $1 USD = £ 0.813)
The current union contract will expire shortly and is being renegotiated with expected pay raises in 2017.

Vacation after 15 years of employment is 5 weeks. Vacation after 3 years of employment is 4 weeks a year. Vacation with between 1 and 3 years of service is 2 weeks per year.

Train Operators may retire after 25 years of service with a minimum age of 55 years old with a generous pension, or with 10 years of service and age 63 or over.

Additional paid time off work is available thru personal days, sick days (when needed) as well as compensated days off in-lieu of overtime pay for extra work (a.k.a Overtime Offset)

Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Prescription Drug and numerous other forms of insurance are available through both the Subway and the Union. New York State law allows for up to 6 months of paid parental leave on the birth of a new child effective 2017.

Train Operator Training can last close to 1 year and includes qualification on multiple lines and multiple different types of equipment. New Train Operators typically work a different line every day/week. Train Operators are guaranteed 2 consecutive days off per work week (even brand new extra list employees). Unlike many railroads, new extra operators are only assigned to one trick for fatigue and quality of life reasons. Train Operators may be qualified to operate Multiple Unit, Electric & Diesel-Electric locomotives and other work equipment. Train Operators may also be required to operate hand throw switches and pilot track equipment. Pension Time earned as a MTA New York City Transit "Train Operator" is transferable to many other New York City and State pension plans, including the MTA Long Island Railroad and MTA Metro-North railroad pension plans.

Applicants wishing to become a Train Operator MUST take a 3 hour written Civil Service Exam with 80 multiple-choice questions. Exams are offered to the general public once every 4 to 6 years. At the conclusion of the exam, a hiring list is created based on the score you receive. The list will stay in effect for a few years until the next exam is offered. The most recent exam was last held in 2009.

Train Operators do not receive railroad retirement benefits, however instead a generous city/state employee pension is provided as are lifetime retiree medical benefits.

To apply or for more information, visit the New York City Transit Exam section of the Employment webpage accessible via
Or google it !

Questions? Comments?
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Re: Train Operator - NYC Subway Hiring NOW

Postby matawanaberdeen » Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:45 am

That is a pretty awesome job, wow.
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Re: Train Operator - NYC Subway Hiring NOW

Postby jkell1234 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:38 pm

And will probably have 3000 or so applicants
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Re: Train Operator - NYC Subway Hiring NOW

Postby matawanaberdeen » Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:11 am

jkell1234 wrote:And will probably have 3000 or so applicants

I won't be one of them, but for those who make it, they got a great, great job.
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Re: Train Operator - NYC Subway Hiring NOW

Postby ParallelPhil » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:19 pm

Subway has +/- 4,000 train operators.

They will probably have 10,000 applicants.

5,000 will likely fail or miss the exam.
Another 2,500 won't be interested when the job calls up in a year or 2.
Another 1,000 will get called and fail the drug or medical test.
That'll leave 1,500 good applicants.

The last exam held in 2009 has had over 1,000 people hired off of its list.
Not bad odds if you do the math.
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