ironken wrote:one tip is to be cool when you come out of class. I get the joy of working with 1 year seniority old heads on occasion. They usually end up tying a bunch of brakes, being told to stand at the switch, or told to stay on the second unit. In class you may get a false sense of rules understanding. That will go away once you get called as the "skipper," and have to rely on your hogger to get you thru what will seem like the longest shift of your life. Being able to define a rule on paper and being able to apply it are two different things. Be cool to them and they will usually carry you. Work the yard for awhile when you come out to get familiar with switching where you will have a foreman or helper to guide you (yes, you may get called off of the extra board as a foreman on your first day marked up or even forced to a job. That is if you are in a location with a yard). This job may seem fun now, but, it begins to suck after awhile......RRing is the crappyest job that I've ever loved.... go figure.
Interceptor wrote:I'm a little nervous about the IPCS exam. I take that on Monday.
The info sheet I received says it's used to measure the force producing capabilities of your muscles. It's not a test of absolute strength They use an isokinetic machine to check the major muscle groups around the shoulders and knees.
I'm not a weightlifter and I don't consider myself super strong guy. I'm just average.
What exactly are they looking for?
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