To work as a subway or streetcar operator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- complete a formal training program; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Subway and streetcar operator trainees are selected from the ranks of other subway or streetcar system workers. Once selected, you complete a formal training program that lasts from a few weeks to six months. Training includes classroom instruction and hands-on training. At the end of the training, you must pass written and practical exams. The subway company provides training.
This is not an entry-level job. Most subway and streetcar operators start out as a laborer or conductor. Once promoted to operator, you usually train for an additional two to six months.