V/Line Trainee Driver intake

 
  jakar Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
V/Line are advertising for trainee driver positions again. These 'off the street' intakes don't happen very often so if you were ever wanting to give it a go now is your chance!

https://cho.tbe.taleo.net/cho02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=VLINE&cws=38&rid=7527

If you're not a fan of clicking random links on forums go to the V/Line webpage and look under careers.

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  ChoooChoo Chief Train Controller

Thanks for sharing. Rare indeed.

Just wondering what is expected with this criteria:

  • have basic mechanical and technical ability with literacy and numeracy skills


Any drivers able to share what that involves day to day?

How can one be able to claim technical or mechanical skills?

What is required numeracy wise?
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Able to read the speed boards?
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
Thanks for sharing. Rare indeed.

Just wondering what is expected with this criteria:

  • have basic mechanical and technical ability with literacy and numeracy skills


Any drivers able to share what that involves day to day?

How can one be able to claim technical or mechanical skills?

What is required numeracy wise?
ChoooChoo
I wouldn't say it's particularly rare, they've advertised for Trainee (and qualified) Driver's several times over the last 18 months or so IIRC. Which in and of itself is unusual. A colleague is still waiting for a start date with V/Line after being bumped due to lack of Driver Trainer's there...

Insofar as the mechanical skills question, if you can demonstrate you're at least able to understand gears and levers, torque and "what happens to gear X if lever Y is pulled?" type questions you should be able to satisfy those aspects. If you can explain how you changed the brake pads on your car, or installed heavier rear springs in your 4wd, even better.

Numeracy because a bit of the job involves, for example, working out fuel consumption expected vs fuel on board and (though not so much for V/Line) "Can I get over that hill with the power I have left?", "how many wagon's can we load given we had a loco shut down on the way to the mine?", followed by  "What's our trailing tonnage, with 56 of 91 wagons loaded?". They're real-world examples from coal working. It isn't algebra or calculus, just basic mathematics.
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Strange to say, but recent changes in training department have improved things. Currently more trainers than trainees, and several current trainees are in last few weeks, so plenty of capacity. First time ever.

Those interest might google “behavioral event interviews” and “Vienna tests”
  jakar Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I wouldn't say it's particularly rare, they've advertised for Trainee (and qualified) Driver's several times over the last 18 months or so IIRC.  
KRviator
All the recent intakes have been conversions or internals, been a few years since they've advertised for completely fresh externals with no rail experience.

Just wondering what is expected with this criteria: have basic mechanical and technical ability with literacy and numeracy skills
choochoo
There's nothing too extravagant but you will be dealing with speeds, pressures, lengths and distances and other basic mathematics. On the literacy side you really just need to be able to read and write to understand the documentation and communicate clearly. As a driver you need to have some degree of technical ability to understand diesel engines and braking systems etc. You are also required to fault find when things go wrong so you need to know what to isolate/turn off and the reason why you are doing it and what effect that has on other components or train handling and so on.

The other factor to the job is shift work. Shifts start and finish 24/7 and swap between mornings and afternoons each week. If you've never done it before you need to carefully consider if this is the job for you as it is a big lifestyle change. There's plenty of pros and cons for it, some people love it and make it work for them, others just can't handle things like not having weekends or public holidays or seeing their kids or partners as much as they've been used to.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
I wouldn't say it's particularly rare, they've advertised for Trainee (and qualified) Driver's several times over the last 18 months or so IIRC.  
All the recent intakes have been conversions or internals, been a few years since they've advertised for completely fresh externals with no rail experience.
jakar
Really? Shocked I'd have sworn I'd seen trainee's advertised. Oh well, guess time flies when you're having fun!

Interesting they can't crew their roster with sufficient qualified people though...
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I'm so...  One of the referees that I provided changed her phone number, and when I wanted to change that, it prompted me with the personal information page.  Since there is nothing there that I wanted to change, I clicked "save", then it returned to the very same personal information page with no access to the referee's section.  They really should get Marcus Wong to do the webpage design if he cares to take up the job.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
How long before the Trainees become the Trainers?
  ausstricker Station Staff

Location: Victoria
I wouldn't say it's particularly rare, they've advertised for Trainee (and qualified) Driver's several times over the last 18 months or so IIRC.  
All the recent intakes have been conversions or internals, been a few years since they've advertised for completely fresh externals with no rail experience.
Really? Shocked I'd have sworn I'd seen trainee's advertised. Oh well, guess time flies when you're having fun!

Interesting they can't crew their roster with sufficient qualified people though...
KRviator
Hi KR

i believe the last time trainees was 2017 i made the second last cut before being culled.

They advertised qualified and depot drivers since

regards Shane

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