Streetcar Operators

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Streetcar Operators

Streetcar Operators - Preparation

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.

On-the-job 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.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.