Becoming a conductor for MBCR

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Becoming a conductor for MBCR

Postby CRail » Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:13 pm

What steps can be taken to better insure the chances of getting a job on the commuter rail? What is required (other than high school) to work as a conductor? And finally, where do you submit your resume?
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Postby CSX Conductor » Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:52 pm

prior customer service and money handling is usually preferred. as with any railroad, a candidate must pass a physical, a drug screen, and background check.

resumes can be faxed to MBCR (I think it's 617-222-1007, not sure) or via MBCR.net.

http://www.mbcr.net and click on "Jobs" for the latest job postings as well as information on where/how to submit resumes.
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Postby SnoozerZ49 » Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:30 pm

Good Points CSX:

Also as a side note. Assistant Conductors are usually hired in groups of 12. Currently there are 2 classes of twelve each "in the pipe line". Like CSX says, keep an eye on the MBCR web site. They are very good about posting jobs in a timely manner.

No prior railroad experience is required. Most MBCR Assistant Conductors can barely tell the difference between a marker and a headlight anyways. :wink:
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Postby CRail » Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:31 pm

Well i work at Shaw's now as a cashier. Do you think that would help? How about being CPR Certified and the president of the Fire Explorers in Ashland MA (for the safety aspect). Do you think that would improve my chances of getting on? Ill start as senior in hs next year so i have some time but i still want to be ready.
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Postby CRail » Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:43 pm

To confirm the fax number; all is right except its 8007 instead of 1007
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Postby SnoozerZ49 » Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:07 pm

Well, all I could suggest is to keep up on you studies. It always is good to show you have the discipline to see a job through. Handling cash at Shaw's is a great way to show you are responsible. I handle up to $900 a day in on board ticket sales and keeping track of all the cash is a very important task. Knowing CPR is a good sign of your maturity.

I would suggest that when you are ready, have a good dependable car ready, make sure your living situation is cheap ( stay with your folks if you can) and be ready to give up a lot of your free time.

You don't want to talk about being a railfan and someone your age is going to have to go a long way to understanding that you are a responsible person. THe company is probably concerned with you men being very irresponsible when it comes to showing up for work on time. You have to make sure everyone knows you are ready for the commitment.

Good Luck and feel free to drop me a message if I can help.
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Postby CRail » Sun Jul 04, 2004 8:31 pm

thanks a lot snoozer. I will ask any question i have on this post. i will also post more when the time comes to go and get a job.
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