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Subway and Streetcar Operators

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

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Monitor lights indicating obstructions or other trains ahead and watch for car and truck traffic at crossings to stay alert to potential hazards.
    • Direct emergency evacuation procedures.
    • Regulate vehicle speed and the time spent at each stop to maintain schedules.
    • Report delays, mechanical problems, and emergencies to supervisors or dispatchers, using radios.
    • Make announcements to passengers, such as notifications of upcoming stops or schedule delays.
    • Complete reports, including shift summaries and incident or accident reports.
    • Greet passengers, provide information, and answer questions concerning fares, schedules, transfers, and routings.
    • 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.
    • Record transactions and coin receptor readings to verify the amount of money collected.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Depth Perception

      The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • US Annual Salary $68,170/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage $32.78/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Vehicle horns
    • Streetcars or tramway cars
    • Rail switching systems
    • Electric passenger locomotives
    • Diesel passenger locomotives
    Technology