Subway & Streetcar Operators

Subway Operator

Subway and streetcar operators drive buses or trains on fixed routes
Subway Operator
Ever wanted to know how people in the biggest cities in the world get from place to place? Subway operators keep cities moving!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

1. Flexible work schedule 2. Competitive pay 3. Medical, dental, and vision insurance

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Combined Rail Operator, Light Rail Operator, Light Rail Train Operator, Light Rail Vehicle Operator (LRV Operator), Rail Operator, Rapid Transit Operator (RTO), Streetcar Operator, Train Operator, Transit Operator, Trolley Operator

Operate subway or elevated suburban trains with no separate locomotive, or electric-powered streetcar, to transport passengers. May handle fares.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Combined Rail Operator, Light Rail Operator, Light Rail Train Operator, Light Rail Vehicle Operator (LRV Operator), Rail Operator, Rapid Transit Operator (RTO), Streetcar Operator, Train Operator, Transit Operator, Trolley Operator
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Your Typical Day:

  • Monitor lights indicating obstructions or other trains ahead and watch for car and truck traffic at crossings to stay alert to potential hazards.
  • Operate controls to open and close transit vehicle doors.
  • Drive and control rail-guided public transportation, such as subways, elevated trains, and electric-powered streetcars, trams, or trolleys, to transport passengers.
  • Report delays, mechanical problems, and emergencies to supervisors or dispatchers, using radios.
  • Regulate vehicle speed and the time spent at each stop to maintain schedules.
  • Make announcements to passengers, such as notifications of upcoming stops or schedule delays.
  • Direct emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Complete reports, including shift summaries and incident or accident reports.
  • Greet passengers, provide information, and answer questions concerning fares, schedules, transfers, and routings.
  • Attend meetings on driver and passenger safety to learn ways in which job performance might be affected.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
  • Monitor traffic signals.
  • Monitor vehicle movement or location.
  • Drive passenger vehicles.
  • Notify others of emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
  • Collect fares or payment from customers.
  • Provide transportation information to passengers or customers.
  • Direct emergency management activities.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 85/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 73/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 67/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 55/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 45/100

  • Telecommunications

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. 40/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 39/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 38/100

  • Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 33/100

  • Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. 31/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Vehicle horns
  • Streetcars or tramway cars
  • Two way radios
  • Intercom systems
  • Rail switching systems
  • Door openers
  • Diesel passenger locomotives
  • Train defrosting or defogging systems
  • Train braking systems
  • Electric passenger locomotives
  • Public address systems
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Wheelchair ramps
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