Subway and Streetcar Operators

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Vehicle Operator
  • Trolley Operator
  • Trolley Car Operator
  • Transit Operator
  • Trammer
  • Tram Operator
  • Train Operator
  • Trackmobile Operator
  • Track Car Operator
  • Switchman
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What They Do

  • Record transactions and coin receptor readings to verify the amount of money collected.
  • Collect fares from passengers, and issue change and transfers.
  • Attend meetings on driver and passenger safety to learn ways in which job performance might be affected.
  • Greet passengers, provide information, and answer questions concerning fares, schedules, transfers, and routings.
  • Complete reports, including shift summaries and incident or accident reports.
  • Make announcements to passengers, such as notifications of upcoming stops or schedule delays.
  • 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.
  • Direct emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Monitor lights indicating obstructions or other trains ahead and watch for car and truck traffic at crossings to stay alert to potential hazards.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $50,440 with most people making between $32,500 and $62,980

Outlook

3.33%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 30 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 30 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 1 replacement openings for approximately 1 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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