Passenger Conductor Trainee

Amtrak- Chicago, IL 60616 (Douglas area)
$15.75 an hour

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

Are you ready to join our team?


Works a variety of hours within a 24/7 transportation environment.
Assists the Conductor in the safe movement of trains by adhering to applicable operating rules/practices.
Assists the Conductor in the oversight of all on-train employees in service delivery by adhering to the Corporation’s service standards.
Ensures all revenue documents (cash, credit card receipts, proof of payment) are collected/verified in accordance with designated tariffs.
Ensures safety of passengers and crew by adhering to safety rules. Thinks and functions independently utilizing clear and effective verbal communication skills to interact with passengers, crew members, and others jointly responsible for safe and efficient train movements and customer service.
Works in either a passenger or non-passenger operation (including yard duty and work trains).
Secures movement orders and ensures clear understanding by operating crew.
Ensures pre-determined service requests are understood and carried out. Maintains understanding of operating characteristics and practices including physical characteristics, safety rules, air brake rules, electrical instructions, equipment trouble-shooting practices, and emergency procedures. Physically moves between and around train cars manipulating and lifting heavy air hoses and electrical cables.
Safely rides the side of train equipment, getting on and off equipment, as required.
Assists the Conductor in submission of various reports to record movement delays, unusual occurrences, passenger inconveniences, and mechanical defects.
Assists in boarding and detraining of passengers, baggage, express shipments, and mail.
Makes customer service announcements.
Provides information about train service to include passenger connections.
Makes special arrangements in case of service failure.
Ensures each passenger has the proper fare.
Ensures safe and orderly passenger conduct.
Must demonstrate an understanding of what makes up the elements of quality customer service.
Must be able to interact and communicate professionally with passengers and co-workers under all types of circumstances.
Must demonstrate a demeanor and well-groomed appearance that conveys to passengers a sense of competence and complete professionalism.
Must understand and totally comply with Amtrak’s Uniform & Grooming Standards when engaged in performing passenger service.


Some work experience exhibiting responsibility, initiative, and other leadership characteristics.
Satisfactory attendance and safe work record.


Some leadership/supervisory experience.
Some experience in a customer service role that includes cash handling, as well as a work history demonstrating the ability to adapt to variable work hours.
Some mechanical experience/knowledge.

Applicants for the position of Assistant Passenger Conductor must be willing and able to: Work in all types of weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, snow, and rain.
Perform duties in an environment requiring physical agility in order to easily get off/on train equipment, manipulate self between cars, bend, reach, stoop, easily and safely ride the side of trains, and lift a variety of equipment.
Report for work on short notice and work weekends and holidays.
Successfully complete a pre-employment medical examination and drug screening.
Submit to and pass periodic medical examinations as well as random drug and alcohol screenings.
Pass a pre-interview assessment to determine cash handling and customer service skills.

If selected, the incumbent will be required to successfully complete a seven- to eight-week training course including classroom instruction and fieldwork followed by extensive qualifying and on the job training associated with the assigned Crew Base. Must have a current valid drivers license; must have a good safety record and prior satisfactory job performance; must have either 2 years of full-time verifiable work history OR 2 years of full-time verifiable college work OR a combination of the two, equating a total of 2 years; and must live within 2 hours of Crew Base.

Training rate (currently $15.75 per hour straight time) applies until the completion of training. Thereafter, specific terms of Amtrak’s current schedule agreement with the United Transportation Union will apply.

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Candidates who apply to this posting may be contacted now or at a later date when a position becomes available.

Requisition ID:38661
Posting Location(s):Illinois
Personnel Area:IL11
Job Family/Function:Transportation
Relocation Offered:No
Education Requirements:High School/GED
Travel Requirements:Up to 100%
Employment Experience Requirements:Under 1 year of experience

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

POSTING NOTES: Transportation || Conductor

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