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Old 05-29-2017, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Anyone on the Long Island rail road as an apprentice?

Just looking to explore my options.. if anyone is on can you share what the starting wages are?


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Old 06-01-2017, 11:38 AM   #2
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There is really not an apprenticeship per se. Some departments have helper positions, like 3rd rail. Basically you just apply for positions you see online, take a test and have an interview. Once in you are on probation for a year. After that you can apply for positions in other departments when they post. Full wage right now for most electricians is 36.91. You'd start at 70% of that, about 26/hr. Takes like 7 years to reach top pay, 70,70,75,80,90,95 and then 100%, I think. Overtime depends, some departments get tons, others not so much. If you're hungry for money you'll find your way to one of the ones with heavy OT.
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There is really not an apprenticeship per se. Some departments have helper positions, like 3rd rail. Basically you just apply for positions you see online, take a test and have an interview. Once in you are on probation for a year. After that you can apply for positions in other departments when they post. Full wage right now for most electricians is 36.91. You'd start at 70% of that, about 26/hr. Takes like 7 years to reach top pay, 70,70,75,80,90,95 and then 100%, I think. Overtime depends, some departments get tons, others not so much. If you're hungry for money you'll find your way to one of the ones with heavy OT.
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When I was looking at the positions online (newsday) they have all the positions and salaries dating back to 2009. The positions say "lineman cable splice apprentice" "lineman cable splicer" and "lineman cable splice truck driver".


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There is really not an apprenticeship per se. Some departments have helper positions, like 3rd rail. Basically you just apply for positions you see online, take a test and have an interview. Once in you are on probation for a year. After that you can apply for positions in other departments when they post. Full wage right now for most electricians is 36.91. You'd start at 70% of that, about 26/hr. Takes like 7 years to reach top pay, 70,70,75,80,90,95 and then 100%, I think. Overtime depends, some departments get tons, others not so much. If you're hungry for money you'll find your way to one of the ones with heavy OT.


Are you saying there is no apprenticeship? Or that's basically what the apprenticeship is?


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There is really not an apprenticeship per se. Some departments have helper positions, like 3rd rail. Basically you just apply for positions you see online, take a test and have an interview. Once in you are on probation for a year. After that you can apply for positions in other departments when they post. Full wage right now for most electricians is 36.91. You'd start at 70% of that, about 26/hr. Takes like 7 years to reach top pay, 70,70,75,80,90,95 and then 100%, I think. Overtime depends, some departments get tons, others not so much. If you're hungry for money you'll find your way to one of the ones with heavy OT.


And full wage is 36 an hour for the rail road? Or 36 an hour in general for electricians


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I'd just Google mta jobs and try to find something directly related to the RR. Forget the site but it posts all MTA stuff, LIRR, TA, Metro North, etc.
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There is really not an apprenticeship per se. Some departments have helper positions, like 3rd rail. Basically you just apply for positions you see online, take a test and have an interview. Once in you are on probation for a year. After that you can apply for positions in other departments when they post. Full wage right now for most electricians is 36.91. You'd start at 70% of that, about 26/hr. Takes like 7 years to reach top pay, 70,70,75,80,90,95 and then 100%, I think. Overtime depends, some departments get tons, others not so much. If you're hungry for money you'll find your way to one of the ones with heavy OT.


Are you saying there is no apprenticeship? Or that's basically what the apprenticeship is?


Every department is different and I don't know much about the others, I'm in the Substation dept and we're kind of isolated, don't really work with other depts often. I know M of E when you get the job it's like a 6 month class mixed with OJT. Pretty sure there's no official NJATC apprenticeship. We've hired numerous guys halfway through their Local 25 or 3 apprenticeship. Basically if you can pass the test you're one of us, we'll teach ya!
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Are you saying there is no apprenticeship? Or that's basically what the apprenticeship is?


Every department is different and I don't know much about the others, I'm in the Substation dept and we're kind of isolated, don't really work with other depts often. I know M of E when you get the job it's like a 6 month class mixed with OJT. Pretty sure there's no official NJATC apprenticeship. We've hired numerous guys halfway through their Local 25 or 3 apprenticeship. Basically if you can pass the test you're one of us, we'll teach ya!


What is the test on? I'm really hoping I can try and apply to be a lineman some but it sounds like it doesn't work that way :/


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And that 37/hr will likely be getting a small bump. We're currently working off the old contract that expired in December. So when the new one gets finalized we get back pay. TA just got 2.5% so im guessing we'll get something similar.
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Every departments test is different, some are easier than others. But if being a lineman is your goal you want to be in the High Tension department. But don't sit around and wait for them to post a job. Can't stress this enough, get a job in ANY department you can, even completely unrelated to electrical work, you can move after a year, when a job is posted. It may take longer but in the meantime you never know what you'll find. I'm really happy where I am but I could of taken several shots at jobs that pay more, some in management roles, and seemed pretty interesting. If I were a younger man I may have done that. But at the current time I couldn't imagine liking a job better than the one I have.
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Also the Communications dept has lineman too. So that's another option once you are here.
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Also the Communications dept has lineman too. So that's another option once you are here.


What kind of work do you do in your department? My father is a master electrician and I work as a helper for him just doing what ever needs (running home runs, running wires, wiring up outlets, switches or anything really) <~~ just thought it'd be cool to know that 🤷🏼*♂️🤷🏼*♂️


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I'm sure that work has nothing to do with what you do so Im sure I'd have to do some learning but that's the fun in it!!!


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I started in Local 25 as a telecom tech, 7 years. Then switched to their A construction electrical division. Did the 5 year apprenticeship, mostly worked in commercial new construction/renovations. Never cared for it much, Was a hard worker but average in skill/knowledge/speed, at best lol. Which translated to intermittent employment.

Got the job with the LIRR 5 years ago. We maintain, repair and sometimes rebuild the 100+ substations that provide power to the 3rd rail for train movement. Also supply power for the signal system. I love it and am a good, valued employee of something that's vital for Long Island/NYC. The island would literally collapse without it, despite what our idiot detractors spew online about it. Kick myself in the ass at least once a month for not applying here 5 years sooner!
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I started in Local 25 as a telecom tech, 7 years. Then switched to their A construction electrical division. Did the 5 year apprenticeship, mostly worked in commercial new construction/renovations. Never cared for it much, Was a hard worker but average in skill/knowledge/speed, at best lol. Which translated to intermittent employment.

Got the job with the LIRR 5 years ago. We maintain, repair and sometimes rebuild the 100+ substations that provide power to the 3rd rail for train movement. Also supply power for the signal system. I love it and am a good, valued employee of something that's vital for Long Island/NYC. The island would literally collapse without it, despite what our idiot detractors spew online about it. Kick myself in the ass at least once a month for not applying here 5 years sooner!


That sounds really cool! Being apart of something that you know is helping the world stay working every day haha. How often do you go off the island? Or into the city? And how long are your shifts generally?


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Most of the jobs in my dept are 8-4, M-F. We have a few night guys from 4-12 and a few weekend positions. I have one of them and am off Sun/Mon, could be M-F if I wanted but I like the weekend gig. Work mostly in Nassau and Queens but occasionally get sent anywhere and everywhere.
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Most of the jobs in my dept are 8-4, M-F. We have a few night guys from 4-12 and a few weekend positions. I have one of them and am off Sun/Mon, could be M-F if I wanted but I like the weekend gig. Work mostly in Nassau and Queens but occasionally get sent anywhere and everywhere.


What part of the island are you on?


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