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Amtrak A/C Positions

Postby HammerJack » Fri May 12, 2017 4:00 pm

Hello everyone,

I know someone who is interested in pursuing a career as a conductor with Amtrak. I figured this board would be a good place for some information. We understand the Assistant Conductor is the entry level position. He is currently 27 years old, has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and has spent 4 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force as a maintenance officer. As far as work experience besides the military, just a few summer part-time jobs here and there.
I understand that Amtrak tries to hire veterans, so would being a veteran boost his chances? About how competitive are the job opening for A/C? And could someone explain the hiring process? How qualified do you think he is for this position?

Thanks!
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Re: Amtrak A/C Positions

Postby Acela150 » Fri May 12, 2017 8:30 pm

HammerJack

Check your PM's.
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Re: Amtrak A/C Positions

Postby Lefty33 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:55 pm

HammerJack wrote:
About how competitive are the job opening for A/C? And could someone explain the hiring process? How qualified do you think he is for this position?



I know this is a bit late but hopefully my answers can help you out.

The process is simple:

* Apply
* If they like you you'll get an email from an HR rep with a link to take their culture fit assessment online.
* If you pass that then you need to go for the testing session.
* If you pass that then you go for the strength test.
* If you pass that then you get an interview.
* If you pass that then you're off to Wilmington, DE for 8-10 weeks of training.

I've been a sucker and have applied for maybe six or seven A/C jobs over the last seven or so years. Out of that I've gotten to the interview stage three times. The last time I did this (within the last year) the person from HR mentioned that several thousand people applied for the job and I was apart of two small groups that were going to test for the job.

The CFA and the testing session are both super super easy and Amtrak has been using the same testing materials for several years now. What could stand in your way more than anything is that Amtrak obviously (from what I've heard) gives a lot of weight to current employees looking to get into this or any craft and you will seemingly always find multiple current employees at the testing sessions. I've seen everyone from station cleaners to call center reps to coach cleaners. In my mind if you're in a testing session of fifteen and half the group are current employees you're more or less cooked. Also note that a fair amount of time will pass between each step and you need to be very flexible. Example being that when you get a call with the testing date (usually start at 8 or 9am on a Tuesday or Wednesday) if you can't make it you're done. When you get the call from the 3rd party company that handles the strength test you need to be wherever this takes place (80 minute drive each way for me) at the time they assign to you or you're done. You might have a little flexibility with the interview regarding the time but not the date.

The person you're referencing is to me probably over qualified for the job. Best of luck and hopefully you get there but if you do it won't be easy and the process is a real PIA.
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