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How Do I Become a Motorman?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Operators on street cars, light rail systems, subways, trams, and other moving cars are usually thoroughly trained to do their jobs, so if you want to become a motorman who operates such vehicles, you should prepare to undergo a fair amount of training. It is also highly likely that you will need to first complete a high school education, as well as some post-secondary training, in order to become a motorman in certain applications. Research some job openings for jobs you would consider in order to get a better understanding of the steps you need to take to pursue this career.

Before you can become a motorman, you will need to work in the transportation industry in order to gain valuable experience that employers will look for on your resume. You should be prepared to start with an entry-level position and work your way up to become a motorman over the course of several years. You might start out as a ticket taker, or even as a conductor, before you can be considered for any motorman training, and it is likely that you will need to work in such positions for a year or more before being qualified for motorman training.

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Once you have built your resume by gaining experience in the industry, you may be given the opportunity to take part in a motorman traineeship that will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to become a motorman. Most motorman positions are not advertised publicly; only existing employees of a specific transport company will be considered for these positions, so as you gain experience in the industry, try to stick with one company and demonstrate your ability to work hard and meet goals. When motorman positions open up, you will need to fill out an application in order to be considered for the job. It is best to build your credentials so you can beat out other candidates for the job.

A traineeship period can vary in duration depending on the complexity of the transport system and a company's specific requirements. During this period of time, you will work under the guidance and supervision of a more experienced motorman who can teach you the skills necessary to be successful in the position. You will end up doing a lot of observing at first, but as the traineeship progresses, you will be entrusted with more complex duties. Be prepared to take and pass certification exams that may be required by a certain company or local government.

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