How thorough are railroad background checks?

I'm thinking about lying on my resume. Amtrak is hiring Locomotive Engineers in my city. The posting said experience highly preferred, though I have none. I was thinking about putting on my resume that I'm an Engineer for CSX or something. I'm curious to see if I can get an interview and maybe even get

I'm thinking about lying on my resume. Amtrak is hiring Locomotive Engineers in my city. The posting said experience highly preferred, though I have none. I was thinking about putting on my resume that I'm an Engineer for CSX or something. I'm curious to see if I can get an interview and maybe even get the job. I have heard of people getting their dream job by lying.

P.S. I wouldn't be lying just to be an ***, I just really want the job.

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Rico:
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Samurai Hoghead:
1. No one hires out as an engineer. The best bet is to enter train service as a brakeman/conductor, as these folks have preference when seeking to become an engineer, wherein accepting promotion to engineer is required, eventually. You get two shots at it. If you fail, you will be discharged from the service. No one gets to hang a around as a trainman having failed promotion.

2. You'll never be able to bluff with regard to claiming to have experience. There is truly nothing else on the planet like it so you will have zero frame of reference for your caper.

3. We of train and engine service are licensed by the FRA, and they are quite thorough in background checks, even after employment. Every three years they check your driving record, any criminal record that has started between certifications, a written exam on the operating rules as well as a ride along with your immediate supervisor and/or agent from the FRA.

Freight trains are not trolley cars but are more like rolling bombs and the requirements are stringent for those most directly in charge, such as a conductor or an engineer, both of whom are equally responsible for the safe conduct of the train.

Amtrak is no different but actually more stringent on certifying engineers.

So, I'd stick to the truth. You will be found out and all your time and effort will have been for nothing.

This is not a dream job. It is deadly serious business and I for one am glad for the restrictions in employment and promotion. I want the guy coming against me knows what they are doing. Go to U-tube and search for "train wreck @ Kismet" to see what I mean.

I wonder if the other guy lied on his way to the right hand side…

Andy:
You won't get away with that lie. The first thing they'd ask for is your FRA license to operate trains. Two minutes in an interview and they would know you don't know a thing about running a train.
The Chiel:
At the very least, I would think that the first thing that they will do is seek a reference from your imaginary previous employer!
micheal:
They will need a reference from CSX or something. Basically, you will need to make a web of lies that ultimately will cause you to either not get the job, or to get the job, and get fired due to lack of incompetence.