DB Cargo Mobile Operative

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  1. olivergeorget

    olivergeorget Member

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    Hi all, I've been offered an interview for the above job. Anyone on here got any information on exactly what this job entails, work conditions, hours etc. Struggling to find any more information aside from their careers site.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Atishyou

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    It's a groundstaff position. Depending on where you are applying for, the role will include controlling shunting movements (may also include driving in yards in the near future), preparing trains, controlling movements in yards and possibly some work on customer sites and on some engineering sites. Working hours are 12 hour shifts with some good time off, quite a bit of overtime currently available. Wage is around 27k I believe with shift allowance.
     
  4. Macca89

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    Hi guys, thought I'd bump this old thread instead of starting a new one

    But I've recently seen DB are advertising for this role again and I've got an interview (east mids)

    Ultimately I want to be a driver in the future, so is this role realistically another/good route in achieving that goal?? Correct me if I'm wrong but Depot Driving seems to be the most popular route in becoming a Train Driver, this role DB are advertising looks like its one step down from that, which to me still sounds like a good step in the right direction.

    From what little info I've found on the net, this role although purely a groundsman role, can lead to being trained into the Junior Driver (depot driver) and then eventually mainline as a natural course for "moving up", would that be correct??

    We all know how difficult it is becoming a Train Driver, I could just keep trying for actual Trainee Driver positions and cut out this role altogether but that could take a few short months or years, but I feel with this Job at DB, its like I'm putting a foot in the door now (if i'm successful of course)

    I'm waffling now but if anyone knows anything about this role with DB, is it a good option to becoming a driver eventually?

    Thank you
     
  5. Atishyou

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    It's a groundstaff job. It all depends on your ability to be honest. There's a few groundstaff in some hubs who have gone on to be both mainline and now junior drivers.

    I believe new recruits are being retained in their positions for 2 years before being allowed to apply for other jobs, but it'll give you a sound understanding of the role and the railway too.

    Good luck.
     
  6. 142094

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    It much depends on what depot you are applying to - some depots are taking on Junior drivers and a lot of these applicants will be coming from the groundstaff role. From what I've heard, at certain depots where there is a demand for qualified drivers, the Junior drivers will only be doing yard work for a few months before they are invited to apply for the full mainline role.
     
  7. Macca89

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    Cheers for that guys

    Unfortunately I didn't pass, 3 tests today and I just fell below the pass line in one test which in a way was a bitter pill to swallow, especially when I didn't feel well out of my depth, they were difficult, but I left feeling I could have passed.

    But it was a good experience for a 1st railway job applied for, its probably a lot different to actual Trainee Driver stage 1 tests, buts its a start.

    Although this role was a way in to eventual driving, a foot in the door, and I'd have loved to have got it, I now feel totally committed to pouncing on any Trainee Driver positions
     
  8. Tony*1

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    hi
    Can anybody tell me what percentage the shift allowance is for a groundstaff position?
    Also what shift patterns are worked?
    Any help would be great,
     
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    TS4 mobile operative salary is about 25k all in. Shift patterns may vary on location, but the ones I know of are 7-7 with some 0700-12pm and some 0600-1700
     
  10. Danny21212

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    Mobile operative salary is £28,540 fully trained for 35hr week. Operation supervisor is around 3k a year more. Maximum turn 12hrs minimum 5hr.
     
  11. Atishyou

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    Apologies, I didn't read my reply. Should have said 28k all in. Danny has given you the correct figures.
     
  12. Tony*1

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    Thank you,

    How far in advance are he rota’s?
     
  13. Atishyou

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    Think they're done on a weekly basis, but you'll know what your rest days are when links are changed.
     
  14. Lew0291

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    What were the tests you had to do for this role?
     
  15. TagJet

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    Where about is the east mids depot? Can’t find it anywhere.
     
  16. Dave Tasty

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    Probably Toton.
     
  17. TagJet

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    Thanks for that. When I googled DB cargo on maps it was only coming up with Doncaster. I guess that’s where the office is. Nottingham is quite far for me so I guess I’ll be withdrawing my application.
     
  18. Macca89

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    3 Tests

    Numeracy - 36 Questions in 18 mins
    Mechanical Comprehension - 30 Question 20 mins
    Technical Reasoning - You get 5 Scenarios, each Scenario is written up in a paragraph and you get like 4-5 questions per scenario

    All tests are multiple choice

    East Mids Main Depot I believe is Toton, but theres several other Depots to work in, If successful I'd have been working out of Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Immingham and Goole
     
  19. Tony*1

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    Hi you get a company van or do you use your own Car?
    And I guess it’s based in an area rather than a particular yard?
     
  20. Danny21212

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    I’m based at a yard. If I need to go to other yards or out on a ballast turn a van is provided or you can use your own car and claim mileage
     
  21. Danny21212

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    Roster I’m in is a 5 man link with 1 G.P line. So you know what your doing for for 4 weeks then G.P is annual leave and sickness cover
     
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    Hi guys, sorry to bring up this old post - I've got an assessment day at Wigan on 23rd November for this position, anybody else re applied? or offer any advice for the assessment day? I've got some basic practice tests to look through which they sent. I applied for the Cheshire region, does anyone know what kind of typical working week to expect?
     
  23. GJL9916

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    I've got an assessment possibly interview for this position on Friday at Wigan, i've asked to be Cheshire based. Anyone else going for it?
     

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