Starring a life of constant traveling, the train conductor’s career looks very attractive from the outside. Find out the skills needed, the risks involved, and what the average salary for a train conductor is, in this article. A lot of what you’ll read will surprise you. A full review on life as a train conductor.
The Train Conductor’s Job Description:
Generally, a train conductor issues tickets to people traveling by rail and ensures they have a safe and comfortable trip. It is his duty to:
- Assess the carriages and confirm they are neat and ready for each new round of passengers.
- Confirm that all doors and equipment are in good working condition.
- Function as customer service for the duration of the trip, addressing passengers’ complaints and inquiries.
- Share relevant information with passengers via clear announcements.
- Handle emergencies calmly and call the attention of health officials as the need arises.
- Write detailed travel reports.
To become a train conductor, you’ll need to acquire the following soft skills:
- Proficiency in English and verbal communication.
- People skills i.e. being good at relating with people.
- A keen eye for details.
- Ability to remain rational and level-headed under pressure.
- Computer literacy.
- HSE skills
How Do You Become a Train Conductor?
Naturally, existing staff can be promoted or transferred from a platform assistant or a customer boarding role to a training conductor. So you can become a train conductor, after first working at a train station beforehand. However, you can also become a train conductor by training and direct application.
You can get this training by running a course in college or undergoing an apprenticeship with a train transport company. For any option you choose, you’ll need to at least have a good grade in English and Mathematics, and a high school diploma. Subject to your employer’s preference, the course/training program could take 5 to 6 weeks. At the end of the training, you would be awarded a certificate in Railroad Conductor Technology. Even after obtaining the certificate, if your application is accepted, you will be required to undergo a little extra training in an entry position. If you had any transport experience before your application, this training period could last for just 3 months. Of course, you would spend more time in training if you had no prior transport experience.
What to Expect When Applying For a Train Conductor?
The application process for a train conductor aspirant is as demanding as the job. You will be required to:
- Prepare a resume,
- Search for job postings and apply to them. www.hubforjobs.com is a great place to look.
- Participate in a skill evaluation test. If you meet the hiring requirements, you will be invited for an evaluation where your reading and mechanical problem-solving skills will be tested.
- Attend an interview. After acing the hiring test, you will be invited to an interview to test your soft skills. Here’s an article on the Top 7 things you should never say in an interview.
- Go for medical screening. After acing the interview, a medical examination will be done on you. The screening is done to ascertain that you are drug-free, and have a reliable medical history.
What Is the Average Salary For a Train Conductor?
In Nigeria, a train conductor earns between NGN71,000 and NGN168,000 per month, depending on location, transport company, and level of experience. The paid salary covers accommodation and other benefits.
Is a Train Conductor Job Profitable?
Train conductors typically work 40 hours a week, an average of 5 hours a day. On some days, however, the shifts could drag on for twice that amount of time. So if you like to have a lot of free time, becoming a train conductor might not be very profitable for you. But if you’re looking for a job that you can earn and still have all the excitement of traveling, becoming a train conductor will be very profitable for you.