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TrainNo815 Chief Commissioner

Location: Thomastown, Melbourne, Australia, Earth

There was an ad in the Herald-Sun for those interested in becoming train drivers. They can apply for it on http://www.careerfocus.com.au/connexmelbourne and it will take you to a questionnaire.

Sorry if there's something on this already, but search was not my friend today.[/url]

 
Station_Mutt Locomotive Fireman

Location: Near the Cafeteria of the Adelaide Parklands Terminal!

Wonder if its worth it, having the possibility of being hit on the noggin, while you go about doing your job going from A end to B end at an end station one late night.

 
Bigwato Chief Commissioner

Location: Craigieburn Victoria

Thanks for that TrainNo815. I have been waiting to see this come up again. I applied last time but stuffed the online physchometric test. A word of advice for anyone doing this, be relaxed and alert. Do not do it at 11.30 PM like i did last time. I was an idiot, and have learnt a valuable lesson here. I wish all who apply the best of luck. Very Happy

 
bluesousa Junior Train Controller

Location: Alamein Line

Hi,

Does anyone have any idea what the salary range of a train driver is?

 
Ned Ludd Assistant Commissioner

Location: Touched by the noodly appendage

Here we go again! But as search is definitely NOT our friend, Bluesousa here is a run-down as I understand it:

If you start as a trainee you will be paid $15.70-ish for the first three months. As you go through the training system this increases to about $23 per hour (this is made more complex by the introduction of scheduled pay rises). Once qualified, if you started training now, you would be on approx $35 per hour. All this is calculated on  a 38 hour week, with a DDO in the second fortnight of each roster cycle.

Time and a half is paid on Saturdays; double time Sundays, and double time and a half pubic holidays. Shift loading is paid on many shifts. In addition overtime is available so many drivers work 12 shifts a fortnight.

Shift length varies according to roster. Most shifts count for eight hours, though there are a few that are longer. There is  an arrangement in place that you can be worked for up to six hours without a meal break (there is a 20 min personal needs break required) providing you then go home and are paid for the full eight hours.

How much a year is this?

If you only do day shift and ten shifts a fortnight you will get about $70k. The average driver I am told earns about $85k. The money chasers are reputed to get about 100k.

Hope this helps.

 
73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs

Hmmm... I'm kinda looking for work at the moment, wondering if this is worth applying for....

Steve

 
Ned Ludd Assistant Commissioner

Location: Touched by the noodly appendage

That's a decision only you can make. There's no harm in applying - you can always knock the job back. But where else can you get that kind of money with a year 10 education, and for only eight hours work a day?

 
skidsteer Chief Train Controller

Location: In the country

That's a decision only you can make. There's no harm in applying - you can always knock the job back. But where else can you get that kind of money with a year 10 education, and for only eight hours work a day?

- Ned Ludd

And never have to take any of your work home with you. As long as you know what time to front up tomorrow, you're set. Its a great job

 
hansonator Chief Commissioner

Location: Strathmore, Victoria

Its now year 11 education

 
grunter Station Master

Location: Free of room #120!

Hi,

Does anyone have any idea what the salary range of a train driver is?

- bluesousa

l'll give you an idea about trainee driver wages, in the last financial year (being a trainee driver) l've made almost $50000 before tax. The money's just ok for the first couple of months, it's in stage 7 when the money starts to roll in, your able to do overtime. l know of a couple of drivers who have made over $120,000 a year. 8)

 
ZoomRail Chief Train Controller

Wow, and that's in training. When my dad was junior software engineer at Ericsson (now defunct in Australia) he only made about $36k b/tax.

 
73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs

That's a decision only you can make. There's no harm in applying - you can always knock the job back. But where else can you get that kind of money with a year 10 education, and for only eight hours work a day?

- Ned Ludd

And never have to take any of your work home with you. As long as you know what time to front up tomorrow, you're set. Its a great job

- skidsteer

I like the leave work at work thing.  8)

Steve

 
KRviator - Moderator Moderator

Location: Up the front

For those of you who consider applying, I suggest you have a quick read through of the previous posts regarding Career Focus and how much they can c*ck-up the recruiting of Driver's...So don't be discouraged if you hear nothing or whathaveyou.

For those who have been through the process, they can attest that CareerFocus isn't exatcly the shining star of the recruitment world...

 
madmac01 Chief Commissioner

Hmmm... I'm kinda looking for work at the moment, wondering if this is worth applying for....

Steve

- 73LJWhiteSL

If you do, get ready for 18 months of intense study and training, the easy part is driving the train, the hard part is learning all the rules and regs, special instructs, signals/safeworking and a whole lot more and of course learning freight is a very different ball game all together!

If you want just a job, don't bother applying....need to be serious about it.

 
MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....

I'm looking for a career change and thought, well why the heck not.

If I get anywhere, then I'd have to be on track to become the oldest "Trainee" the Connex ever took on!

$120K isn't bad either, I was looking at a 3 week FIFO which was paying 180K, (OK 180K is for 26 weeks work is much better, so I may have some hard decisions to make.)

It will be interesting to see if there is any age discrimination once they twig to my age?

Any of you youngies that have an interest should apply, just go easy on the survey and think about why you want to work for Connex and why you want to be a Trainee. The rest is easy...

 
Knowitall Banned

Location: Banned

MOM how old are you if you don't mind me asking...

They have taken all age groups in the past my class a few years ago, had a age range of about 22 - 50.

 
Jason R Chief Commissioner

Location: Socialist People's Republic of Yarra.

It will be interesting to see if there is any age discrimination once they twig to my age?

- MOM



You might want to have a look at the RTBU Loco Division's newsletter, which is published online at their website. There are photographs there of most groups of trainees as they graduate, so you can see the sort of people that made it through in the recent past. The rest of the newsletter might be of interest as well, as a bit of an 'insider's view'.

 
MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....

MOM how old are you if you don't mind me asking...

They have taken all age groups in the past my class a few years ago, had a age range of about 22 - 50.

- Knowitall

All in due course, after all you might be from Career-Focus!

 
MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....

It will be interesting to see if there is any age discrimination once they twig to my age?

- MOM



You might want to have a look at the RTBU Loco Division's newsletter, which is published online at their website. There are photographs there of most groups of trainees as they graduate, so you can see the sort of people that made it through in the recent past. The rest of the newsletter might be of interest as well, as a bit of an 'insider's view'.

- Jason R

And the website is?

 
Jason R Chief Commissioner

Location: Socialist People's Republic of Yarra.

And the website is?

- MOM



I thought you might be able to find that one by yourself!

http://www.rtbuvicloco.com.au/

 
Stu49 Junior Train Controller

Hmmm... I'm kinda looking for work at the moment, wondering if this is worth applying for....

Steve

- 73LJWhiteSL

If you do, get ready for 18 months of intense study and training, the easy part is driving the train, the hard part is learning all the rules and regs, special instructs, signals/safeworking and a whole lot more and of course learning freight is a very different ball game all together!

If you want just a job, don't bother applying....need to be serious about it.

- madmac01

You forgot to mention the stage 2, 4, 6 and 8 exams and also the stage 7.1,7.2,7.3,7.4,9.1,9.2,9.3,9.4,9.5,9.6 formative assessments. You basically need to pack your life up in a box and leave it there for 18 months

 
silvertachi Locomotive Driver

Location: 23M

I would join but I'm currently abroad. Will this stay open 'till Christmas? Laughing

Also, how old do you need to be? The website doesn't say.

 
philbert metaSHAFT Developer

Location: In the conservatory, with a candlestick

Also, how old do you need to be? The website doesn't say.

- silvertachi



To paraphrase a classic line:


    Wink

     
    Clinty Boy Junior Train Controller

    Location: Sydney

    Also, how old do you need to be? The website doesn't say.

    - silvertachi



    Like most positions of responsibility, I'd assume it's 18yo.

     
    Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

    Location: Lilydale, Vic

    I would join but I'm currently abroad. Will this stay open 'till Christmas? Laughing

    Also, how old do you need to be? The website doesn't say.

    - silvertachi

    It's a bit like Disneyland. There's a black line painted on the wall and you have to be taller than the line to go on the ride.

     

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