MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Jml61989 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:38 pm

Hi group,


I have a question maybe someone can answer. I have applied to numerous postings for metro north and some of jobs I applied for my disposition status went from "applied" to nothing at all. I was wondering if anyone knows what that means? Or if it's a good or bad thing? I'm kind of new to applying for jobs because I've recently got out of the Navy after 8 1/2 years of service so any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time!!
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby crunch704 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:40 pm

Speculation only... based on using the MTA/MNR site since Oct 2015 to get a job... it means nothing. I have been rejected for some jobs; I have not been contacted for others; I am in a pool for one, where I took the Physical Agility Test last month. In ALL cases, the status you mention doesn't reflect anything in reality (at least anything I can see).
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Steamboat Willie » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:01 am

Walbeb wrote:I have a question for someone that works for Metro North or may possibly know the answer. I currently work for a class 2 freight railroad as a conductor. I've been there for a year and was thinking of making the switch based off assumptions that may or may not be false.

I imagine that I would be home almost everyday as the 3-4 nights a week in a hotel are starting to takes it toll, I don't mind the long hours and really love my job but being physically away from home is not for everyone. Looking to see if I'm correct or wrong on that.

I'd also think that since 'peak time' is during the day that overnight shifts aren't as common. Being in the freight business you're looking at 10+ years of seniority before you're able to work half during the day half at night, but I'd assume most trains run during the day on the Metro so day shifts are much more common.

Also, will my freight experience help or hurt me? I don't know if they like hiring conductors from other railroads or if they like fresh off the street newbies so they don't bring any bad habits over. How long should I wait before applying, I know I've only been at my current place for a year and I don't want to give the impression that I'm jumping ship for no reason, which is why I'm asking these questions here.


Thanks in advance everyone.


Walbeb, most of the people in the T&E ranks at MN from a prior passenger/freight road are exceptional employees. We have a few people who were promoted to supervisory roles as well who came from prior railroads as well. With the exception of a few yard jobs, we do not have many road jobs that work overnight.
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Walbeb » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:07 am

Thanks for the help, not to pry but are most shifts 12 hours as well or is there availability for 8 and 10 hour shifts?

I'm used to the 12 everyday but working a few 8 hour days would be nice once in a while. Sadly I don't know anyone working at Metro so this seems to be the best place for info.
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby DutchRailnut » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:40 am

a standard shift at Metro North is 8 hours, anything beyond is overtime.
In T&E(Train & Engine) you can write your own paycheck by bidding a job, that either only works 8 hour or less, or you can bid longer job based on seniority and what days off.

when you first hire out, you take what you can get, as your choices are very limited till you gain some seniority.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Walbeb » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:01 am

Ah ok, a standard shift for us IS 12 hours (we work to the max under the federal hours of service law), for my current company, you're looking at 5-15 years of seniority before you get a somewhat decent schedule and possible 8 hour day. The specific days off don't bother me (right now I get Tues and Wed off) but hearing that 8 hours is the standard shift is very cool.

I know I may not even get hired but just wanted to ask a few questions before I even applied so I have a rough idea of what I'm getting into. I guess there's a reason it's hard to get into MN. Seems like a great company.

Thanks again for your help.
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby HalMallon » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:01 pm

Has anyone been contacted for the most recent Conductor posting?
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Conrail4evr » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:09 am

Does anyone know when the next RTC class might start? Thanks in advance...
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Railroadjunkie45 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:02 am

General question, because all I have been doing is psyching myself out. I am currently in the process of getting hired for a managerial position with metro north. Long story short last year I got a dwi, which was pledto a dwai. I am not applying for an engineer job or conductor job and I do not believe it involves driving. Last week I filled out the background and up to and including this part no where did it ask for criminal history. I ended up disclosing it to the HR person just because I was freaking out. Does anyone hvr any insight if this is a auto disqualified, she said it wasent. I have all the paperwork in the world that I completed classes and drug/alcohol tests from my current job. Help!
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby briandiana » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:27 pm

What managerial position did you apply to?
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Nintendo22 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:58 pm

Hi to all!
I have a quick question.
I had an interview for a coach cleaning position on like august 15th. After the interview they thanked me and said please be patient and we'll get in touch with you on the next steps in the process, that the interviews are being held for positions in 2018.
What i was wondering is do you think they were being truthful or maybe was that a way of letting me down politely?
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby briandiana » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:27 pm

1st congratulations on having an interview. To answer your question, I would say they were being truthful. I wouldn't look at it any other way. The glass is half full..... Good luck!!
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Nintendo22 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:39 pm

Thank you so much for the response! I'm trying to remain as positive as possible. Patience is a virtue but sometimes can be nerve racking!
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby briandiana » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:57 am

When did you 1st apply for this position?
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Re: MTA Metro-North Railroad Hiring Process

Postby Nintendo22 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:45 pm

Ive applied so many times. I thibk the first time was in like 2015
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