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CSX and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers–Transportation Division (SMART-TD) yesterday announced they've partnered to extend CSX’s conductor training program to five weeks from four to provide new hires with more hands-on experience before they begin on-the-job training (OJT).
The extra week of training at the CSX Training Center in Atlanta will focus on performing tasks in a field setting. This will increase trainees’ exposure to rail-car switching scenarios, radio communication, securement of equipment, brake tests and other fundamentals of the conductor’s role. The additional week will reinforce trainees’ comfort level by providing multiple opportunities to perform the tasks while operating on first and second shifts, CSX officials said in a press release.
CSX developed the extended training program in consultation with SMART-TD, which represents the Class I's train crew employees.
"We’re proud to continue working with CSX to improve the training curriculum for new hire trainmen, in the same spirit as we’ve worked together to increase compensation and expand our mentoring partnerships for trainees," said Jeremy Ferguson, president of SMART-TD. "More training directly translates to better safety for our members and demonstrates our shared commitment to the CSX safety culture."