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Old 06-02-2017, 01:06 AM   #21
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I live in coram and work in Mineola.


How long does it usually take you to commute to the job site?


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Old 06-02-2017, 01:17 AM   #22
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About 15min to get to Ronkonkoma and the train to Mineola takes like 45min. A little longer on the way home cause I have to wait for the 420pm train plus transfer at Hicksville. On Saturdays i just drive to Mineola since there's no traffic.
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About 15min to get to Ronkonkoma and the train to Mineola takes like 45min. A little longer on the way home cause I have to wait for the 420pm train plus transfer at Hicksville. On Saturdays i just drive to Mineola since there's no traffic.


Is the commute hard to get used to? That's definitely one thing I'm nervous about is commuting as I know it's not for everyone


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Nah I actually enjoy it. I jump on the 656am, read my paper, putz around on my phone and next thing ya know I'm there. Almost miss my stop sometimes cause it goes by so quick. Going home sometimes sucks but ive been catching rides with a co-worker so he can use the HOV, gets us both home a little earlier.
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I see. I'm definitely gonna look into and most likely apply. My uncle is actually on the railroad and I think he is just finishing up some requirements to become an engineer in a few weeks. He's been there for around 3 or 4 years, said he would put in a good word for me


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And also a friend that I played sports with his dad is a general Forman so I might talk to him as well


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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 🤷🏼*♂️🤷🏼*♂️


I wanted to touch on this a bit. Guys in my department come from all different backgrounds, commercial, resi, former contractors, military....hell some weren't even electricians! But they had the electrical theory down that was needed to pass the test.

Some tests are easier than others but they all have a common theme, they cover the basics in theory. Crack some books and learn it if you haven't already and you should be fine. There is a thread in General here with recent hires discussing their experience with testing into M of E. They work on train equipment.

The whole process is just to find people capable of learning. Most who get hired in subststions know little about them. We beat you over the head day after day with tons of info on what you need to do and little by little you pick it up. Some take longer than others but eventually you get it.
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So how exactly does it work? I just take a test for a job opening as soon as one comes out? Obviously after applying of course. And then say I get into a department just so I'm already apart of the RR and then work until more tests come out that I wanna do? Such as linework, or what you do or anything related to electric really.. I'm sure there's multiple things I'd enjoy doing


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Apply online, pass test interview and drug screen, each dept varies slightly on the process. Once you're hired and finish 1 year probation, you can apply for any job you see online. You'll go thru their process to get hired, same as someone off the street. Several guys have left here for M of E, since they get more OT. They even had to go through the 2 week orientation all new hires get, even if they had worked here 10 years.
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Apply online, pass test interview and drug screen, each dept varies slightly on the process. Once you're hired and finish 1 year probation, you can apply for any job you see online. You'll go thru their process to get hired, same as someone off the street. Several guys have left here for M of E, since they get more OT. They even had to go through the 2 week orientation all new hires get, even if they had worked here 10 years.


Only thing I'd have a concern on is my drivers license... I'm thinking it won't matter but I might as well ask.. I got a 86 in a 55 on sunrise highway and hopfully I get that speeding ticket knocked down with no points. But say I do have points on my driving record will that hinder me at all? And just for the hell of it I also have my CDL permit if that Helps me in any departments



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Don't think a speeding ticket would hurt. Not sure if the CDL would help but definitely mention it on your resume. Just be honest about your record, medical stuff, anything that's documented. If they find out you knowingly lied that's a problem.
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