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Discussion in 'Jobs & Careers' started by mondexyota, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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    mondexyota

    mondexyota [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I work for a railroad contractor called XO Rail outta Jacksonville Florida, we are contracted out to FEC, Norfolk Southern, CSX & other Rail Roads to install new signals & crossings.
     
  2. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    I was looking into getting into this kinda work, maybe even working on an engine after awhile.
     
  3. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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    Trapper6speed

    Trapper6speed Hacksaw engineer

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    I have a friend from HS. He got on with BNSF. And he loves his job.
     
  4. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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    taco4x4

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    I work for CSX in Hamlet NC. Been on the railroad for 12 years now. I'm a Locomotive Engineer..
     
  5. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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    85yote09taco

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    I have considered being a conductor the last couple of weeks interested to see what people have to say!
     
  6. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM
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    85yote09taco

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    did you start out as a conductor?
     
  7. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:13 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    What did you do before engineer? And how did you get on?
     
  8. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    taco4x4

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    I hired out as a conductor. After bout 5 years they sent me to engineer school. You can go on www.csx.com and view and apply for jobs. You will have to go to conductor school for 6-8you weeks in Atlanta but you get paid to go and they pay for your motel.
     
  9. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM
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    whippersnapper02

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    I'm :jellydance: of anyone that works in this field.
     
  10. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    85yote09taco

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    how was the conductor position? tough? Currently I work in the road construction field as a job foreman, makes for long hours and a lot of time away from home. Is this what I should expect as a conductor?

    I'm not afraid to work just a little tired is all...haha
     
  11. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    IDtrucks

    IDtrucks Just out for a rip are ya bud?

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    agreed, i think it would be pretty fun.
     
  12. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    85yote09taco

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    I'm currently updating my resume and was going to submit it to CSX as well as NS, I just want a better idea of what I should expect before taking the dive
     
  13. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    taco4x4

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    The work is not hard at all. A lot of train riding and long days and yes a lot of time away from home but it pays real good. Excellent benefits!!
     
  14. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    Warhorseforever

    Warhorseforever Will The Thrill

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    Lay tracks in the middle of June in SC and see how jelly you are. I've laid tracks before and it wasn't much fun that's the only real experience I have with rail lines and trains, I got to blow the horn once that was pretty fun. :D
     
  15. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    85yote09taco

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    I'm well aware of the great benefits and pay but I'm getting to that point in life where I may even be willing to take a pay cut for a little home life....No offense but being that it is union I didn't think the work would be all that hard. Right now a typical day for me is 12-15 hours average, longest being nearly 23hrs!!!

    Now that you are an engineer, do you get more time at home as compared to your previous conductor position?

    Sorry to blow this thread up but this is really something that has been on my mind...
     
  16. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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    taco4x4

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    No I'm gone just as much. I will have to admit I love doing what I do but the hours suck. I'm on call 24/7 with the exception of being off 2 days every 2 weeks. When I leave I'm usually gone anywhere from 12 hours to 3 days.
     
  17. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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    85yote09taco

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    Hey man I really appreciate the input, this really helps! To look on the bright side I imagine you'll be able to retire way before casual workers.

    I'm still going to be back in forth with my decision for a while....
     
  18. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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    mondexyota

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    Looks like I started up some good conversation lol
     
  19. Feb 7, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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    taco4x4

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    No problem dude. Glad I could help. If you have any other questions you can pm me.
     
  20. Feb 8, 2012 at 3:35 AM
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