matawanaberdeen wrote:I have testing with a class 1 RR this week for Carman position. Being the new guy is it something where I'd be stuck working 2nd and 3rd shift for years, like 5 years? Also same question with working weekends? What is the job like in general, and is there overtime to get? Can you work your day off for OT or anything like that? Are new Carman on-call or do they get a schedule? Thanks for any info.
No one can tell you that: it goes by seniority. Depends on your own terminal. Each one is different and there so many factors involved: number of employees, number of job positions, how big/busy the terminal, retirements and so on. If you are looking for a 7-3:30 gig, don't expect to get it all that soon. It could be YEARS; it could be months.
A bunch of guy could retire at once, allowing you to bid up. Assuming the worst, and assuming the 1st trick is the most popular one at your terminal, you would start on the 3rd trick and work up thru 2nd trick, THEN, after years of "paying yer dues", acquiring "whiskers" (seniority), you would stand for 1st trick. You could be on a "bad" shift for 15 or 20 years. You could bid in a better job, only to have it abolished, get bumped or rolled back to 3rd or 2nd. It can be a roller coaster. Railroads are notorious for abolishing jobs. People are constantly bidding on positions, "rolling" others off their existing positions, etc.
Such is life on the railroad. Expect the worst and appreciate it when things move along to where you want to be. Again no one can say how it will work out for YOU. If you can't hack the "bad" shifts, then I wouldn't take the job. if you are willing to "pay your dues", then it will work out all right for you. And I wish the best for you!