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Locomotive Engineer Trainee

Job ID: 6864
Business Unit: Long Island Rail Road
Location: Jamaica, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Road Passenger Crews
Date Posted: Apr 3, 2024


Title: Locomotive Engineer Trainee
Department: Transportation Services
Repost Date: 04/02/2024
Close Date: 05/02/2024
Hay Point Evaluation: N/A
100% Hourly Rate of Pay: $49.917* (See Wage Progression Chart)
Position Classification: Safety Sensitive
Location: Various
Reports To: Road Foreman
Union Affiliation: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET)

Note: If you already applied to this position within the last 12 months there is no need to re-apply as your application is already under review.


Responsible for the safe and efficient movement of trains.


Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

-Ensure the safe and efficient movement of trains.
-Required to qualify and remain qualified on the Rules of the Operating Department, Timetable, Special Instructions and Physical Characteristics of the entire Railroad and Zone A (Amtrak) and NORAC, Air Brake Instructions, and all equipment including MU, Diesel and Dual Mode.
-Control the movement of trains under all operating conditions as well as instruct and supervise Engineer Trainees.
-Road trouble-shootall equipment and perform safety checks and tests before starting trips.
-Maintain customer safety and comfort at all times.
-Work effectively with all team members, especially train crews.
-Required to wear minimum Level D type protective clothing (as prescribed by OSHA regulations) which includes, but is not limited to, safety shoes and full length pants.


-A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent (GED or TASC) approved by a State's Department of Education or recognized accredited organization.
-Must demonstrate high motivation and initiative.
-Must possess strong customer service and communication skills.
-Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.

-Successful completion of the LIRR's Introduction to Operations Rules & Procedures Training class (Basic Skills).
-Prior supervisory or leadership experience.
-Demonstrated mechanical/electrical background.
-College degree or some college credits.

Training Program:
Phase 1: Training consists of a six (6) week non-compensated training program. Class days and times will be determined, in part, based on availability of class participants and instructors. For the duration of Phase 1, participating LIRR employees will remain in their current position and must attend training classes on their own time and NOT on Company time. Phase 1 training will include quizzes and examinations which must be passed in order to move on to the next phase of training.

Phase 2: Training consists of a minimum of 14 months full-time compensated training. Upon commencement of Phase 2, current LIRR employees will officially transfer to the position of Engineer Trainee. Phase 2 Training will include qualifying exams on the operating rules, physical characteristics of the LIRR Transportation Services Department, air brake, and train handling. Failure to obtain a passing grade on the mandatory exams will result in termination from the Training Program.

The representatives of the Trainingand Transportation Services Departments and the Locomotive Engineer Review Board will evaluate applicants throughout the program. Pre-established expectations and standards must be met in order to continue as a trainee. Successful completion of the Engineer Trainee Program is mandatory to commence employment as a Locomotive Engineer.

Pay &Benefits

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 for Employees Hired On or Before February 26, 2015:
(Rates as of November 11, 2022)
Until qualified 70% $34.942/Hour
Upon qualification 100% $49.917/Hour

New Wage Progression for Employees Hired After February 26, 2015:
(Rates as of November 11, 2022)
1st 365 days 60% $29.950/Hour
2nd 365 days 80% $39.934/Hour
3rd 365 days 90% $44.925/Hour
After 1,095 days 100% $49.917/Hour

Fully qualified Engineers who maintain unrestricted certification licenses will be allowed a ten-dollar ($10.00) certification allowance per tour of duty.


Upon successful completion of Phase 1 and entrance into Phase 2 of the Training Program, promotion to Locomotive Engineer and commencement of service as a Locomotive Engineer, employees will receive a one-time lump sum equivalent to the hours they attended Phase 1 of the training program at the applicable entrance rate of pay.

As per the "Filling of Represented Positions" Corporate Policy & Procedures, employees selected for the position and who revert to their former position for any reason (including during the probationary period) may not be considered for another position for two years after the date of their return to their former craft.

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, 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. Also, 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. A record of more than ten sick days without medical documentation in two of the last three years is considered unsatisfactory attendance. Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process. Amedical examination and safety sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required. All candidates must pass a physical abilities test to ensure ability to perform the job's essential functions.

Opt Out Exam-Candidates who are partially qualified on the Rules of the Operating Department, Timetable, Special Instructions and/or Physical Characteristics, will have the option to take an exam to waive participation in Phase 1 of the training program, if they successfully pass. Exam test and times will be determined.

Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities,including military service members, to apply.

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