I am a 14 year old student at South Central Local Schools. My GPA is 3.62, so I need to keep my grades up and study more. I like to work with my hands and be moving around instead of sitting around looking at a screen. My dad and I like to work with trains, watch them, and model railroad with them. We like to build things that are useful for everyday life, as well as building things for our layout. I love being outside and traveling around to new places to explore. I want to be a locomotive engineer for the railroad.
For my future job, my employers will send me to a trade school to learn all of the necessary tools/skills that I need to know . I will definitely need to graduate high school, so I can get my diploma. A high school diploma is required for this job. The skills you are required to have are “Skills - Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, Active Listening.” Source Ohio Means Jobs. I will be able to accomplish these skills that they require you to know. The trade school will teach me how to drive a train, operate a train, and the hand signals. They will also teach me about public safety, so if I am on a passenger train, then I will know how fast to go and everything like that. I will be able to complete these skills because I pay attention in class, to my surroundings, and I turn in my homework on time. I always try to show up for school, so I do not get any tardies. I can control my stress, and I am very dependable on different things you might need (like a ride home).
To be an locomotive engineer, I will need to be able to listen to orders from the conductor. According to "Railroad Engineer." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. “An engineer is responsible for preparing equipment for service, checking paperwork and the condition of the locomotives. Their duties require that they control acceleration, braking and handling of the train underway.” I will need to hear clearly from what the conductor said. Like, if I am in control of a passenger train, then I need to hear them say “all clear” for the platforms and doors. There is a lot of responsibility that goes along with driving a locomotive, so this can lead to a lot of stress on the driver.
For my job, I would either stay in Ohio and get paid $46,000 yearly, or I would move to Kentucky and get paid $66,000 yearly. I would be doing this my whole entire career till I could not work anymore. I would retire around at least 65 maybe 70, depending on my health. According to Ohio Means Jobs “ Ohio Annual Salary$45,880/yr Ohio Hourly Wage$22.06/h” According to Salary.com, Site Built By: “ Locomotive Engineer - Salary $64,464, Louisville, Kentucky” I would retire when I cannot work anymore. The only way I’ll stop working is if I get tired of going to work, or I am in bad shape. I love trains alot, so I would not mind being around trains the rest of my life. I am fine with either staying in Ohio, or moving to Kentucky because I have family down in Kentucky. Although, I am thinking about staying up here in Ohio because all of my friends are up here. There might be a possibility that Norfolk and Southern might be busy with coal trains if Donald Trump starts to bring back more coal powered plants.
Career day helped me understand what I was doing with my money and how to spend my money. All of the research I discovered helped me understand what all I needed to do for this job and what education I need in order to make it. I know the necessary necessities of life, especially if you have kids and a wife. I understand what is going to happen when I get out and into the world without the help of my parents. I understand what my parents say when we cannot get this product right now. I have found out alot of things that I need to know in order to get this job.