Freightliner Qualified and Trainee Jobs

 
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Hi All

Came across this company yesterday advertising for Trainee Locomotive Drivers (Newcastle Depot). Anyone know much about them? Their website states they are expanding worldwide from their UK base. Would like to know what it is like to work for them from any current employees.

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  car_fanatica Station Staff

Must have finished advertising yesterday. Nothing listed there now.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Must have finished advertising yesterday. Nothing listed there now.
car_fanatica
It appears so, only EOI's left advertised for qualified drivers.

For anyone interested in the EOI's or just to keep an eye on the jobs they advertise here's a link https://www.expr3ss.com/home.php?cc=rail&sd=rail
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Got a call from Freightliner HR asking me to complete online psych testing. Anyone have any experience with these? Any info would be helpful.

Thanks
  interail Station Master

Do yourself a favour there a bunch of wankers,the HR person is a control freak! It's just like PN!
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
I'm currently working in the private school system as a high school science teacher, am used to "control freaks" and high regulation when it comes to working with children. Have made it through the psych testing and have an interview with them next week.

I'd like to thank all those drivers and HR reps (Stuart from Asciano) who helped me on these forums to get to this stage with advice and info to put into my CV and cover letter.

I'll keep you updated of how I go.

Cheers
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
I'm currently working in the private school system as a high school science teacher, am used to "control freaks" and high regulation when it comes to working with children. Have made it through the psych testing and have an interview with them next week.

I'd like to thank all those drivers and HR reps (Stuart from Asciano) who helped me on these forums to get to this stage with advice and info to put into my CV and cover letter.

I'll keep you updated of how I go.

Cheers
Spiritman

Good luck! I'm sure I've said this to you before but concentrate on your safety, teamwork, leadership and initiative skills and have examples for each.

It'll be child's play compared to being a high school teacher (god, the amount of pain I put my science teachers through in HS... "take that out of the flame right now!" was a fairly common theme Razz)
  wally-wowser1 Train Controller

Location: overlooking the Mt vic washaway on Soldiers Pinch
Interail thats a bit harsh ,calling a heap of employees  wankers & the HR a power freak. Do you work for them or been a applicant & got  knock back, Im sure that there would be some who enjoy working there.

Wally.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Well done Spiritman on reaching the interview. I actually saw Freightliner advertising for "Entry Level train driver" positions who must have NSW safe working qualifications but no driving experience. I guess since you did the CERT 4 course in Rail Operations from Australia Rail Training, you are qualified and hence have made it to the stage that you are at now. Didn't specifically see any trainee positions from Freightliner though.  


This was the advertisement I was looking at:

Job DescriptionEntry Level Train Drivers
Excellent Career Path
Good terms and conditions
Entry Level Position

Freightliner Australia is an accredited rail operator providing coal haulage services to a number of Hunter Valley mine sites. We are seeking applications from holders of Network Rules and Procedures to join our growing business.
You will join our great team in Newcastle based at Sandgate, working with our existing team of qualified train crew who work on highly technologically advanced locomotives and rollingstock.
You will, in the first instance take an entry level role with a view to developing your skills and experience, so enable you to progress your career over time.
If you would like to work for a progressive and innovative rail operator, and currently hold safeworking qualifications, we would love to hear from you.
To succeed with us you will need to be flexible, enthusiastic, and have a great work ethic. You must have:
current safeworking competency (NSW Network Rules & Procedures);
the right to live and work in Australia;
a positive attitude and the ability to work safely in this highly regulated industry.

Please click on the “Apply Now” button to submit your application online.
Only applications from qualified persons will be considered. No Agency applications please.
No Recruitment Agencies please

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Although positions have now closed as someone had mentioned above, but that was a snapshot of the advertisement that I saw assuming that that was the one that you applied for.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Although positions have now closed as someone had mentioned above, but that was a snapshot of the advertisement that I saw assuming that that was the one that you applied for.
ChrisSun
Yes that was the one, but I don't have a cert 4, if you have one of those you are a qualified driver! I only have "Safeworking" qualifications from Southern Cross Rail Training. It doesn't become a Cert 3 (qualified 2nd person) until my future employer (whoever that may be, hopefully it will be Freightliner Smile) signs off on the competencies.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Good luck! I'm sure I've said this to you before but concentrate on your safety, teamwork, leadership and initiative skills and have examples for each.

It'll be child's play compared to being a high school teacher (god, the amount of pain I put my science teachers through in HS... "take that out of the flame right now!" was a fairly common theme Razz)
Typhon
Cheers mate...thanks for your help, will have good examples of each and an answer to the inevitable "Why do you want this job?" question.

PS: The first question you get from students when they walk into class "are we using the Bunsen burners today"? What it is with kids and burning stuff lol.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Yes that was the one, but I don't have a cert 4, if you have one of those you are a qualified driver! I only have "Safeworking" qualifications from Southern Cross Rail Training. It doesn't become a Cert 3 (qualified 2nd person) until my future employer (whoever that may be, hopefully it will be Freightliner Smile) signs off on the competencies.
Spiritman

Oh, okay, I must have got it mixed up with the other training organisation. The Safeworking from SCRT certainly helped you get to the online testing and interview, since they specifically asked for that. Once you applied they probably stopped advertising as they have found the person that they are looking for, which means you are almost there.

I have a feeling that Freightliner provides crew for Xstrata Coal so you would be driving the UGL Rail built c44aci Xstrata locomotives also known as the XRN class. They have a fleet of 30 of those locomotives.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Oh, okay, I must have got it mixed up with the other training organisation. The Safeworking from SCRT certainly helped you get to the online testing and interview, since they specifically asked for that. Once you applied they probably stopped advertising as they have found the person that they are looking for, which means you are almost there.

I have a feeling that Freightliner provides crew for Xstrata Coal so you would be driving the UGL Rail built c44aci Xstrata locomotives also known as the XRN class. They have a fleet of 30 of those locomotives.
ChrisSun
There was probably many others, 5 more blokes did the course with me last February who could have applied as well, the Safeworking quals helps them cull applicants to a manageable level. In saying that they are the only operator that has used the training I did as a prerequisite, PN and Aurizon the 2 biggest operators make u do it again in their own training schools and don't use it as an essential criteria to have.
  interail Station Master

580 applied 75 got interviews 6 got jobs,cert 4 training you will have to do the practical side of things as you only done the theory!
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Hi all

Attended the interview today. Surprisingly I was interviewed by only two H/R reps and after the initial get to know you and your motivation for applying, I was going to be asked 3-10 situational questions which I had to answer with examples preferably from jobs that I've had. Well.... I got asked 3 and I think I answered well enough to be in contention (gauging from their positive manner to my responses).

A bit about the company, they are not publicly listed and are owned privately by a bank in Bahrain. They claim to be focused on safety, family, multi-skilling and learning, and innovation through challenging the norm. So new employees are sought that fit into that culture and not so much for their technical ability (as this can be learned up to the employee's own ability).

So if you think you can demonstrate that you can fit into their culture you will be in with a good chance of getting employed by them when they next advertise. Smile

Edit: No response yet, even though they flagged Sept 23 as being the day that an outcome should be known. Wish HR dpts would just let people know either way so candidates can move on.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Hi All

Got my thanks for "applying with us but we will not be progressing further" email, I'm a little bit disappointed of course but wasn't expecting much being my first interview for a job in 10 years. Treating it as a learning experience which I will be better for next time.

Anyone get an offer of employment yet?
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Hello All

Just a last postscript to Freightliner's recruitment process, I asked for some feedback as an unsuccessful candidate and was told no feedback is forthcoming. I find this attitude really unprofessional, applicants put a lot of time an effort into an interview and the least HR dpts can do is to provide you with constructive feedback so you can better your performance next time.

Is this an industry wide policy/attitude? Have any other applicants here on this forum experienced this after an interview?


Edit: If you would like the style of questions they ask just PM me.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
Freightliner currently advertising for qualified crew for Sandgate depot Newcastle http://www.seek.com.au/job/25448272

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