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CSX Interviews on Waycross Campus

Ten students in the locomotive electrical and locomotive mechanical technical certificate programs at Okefenokee Technical College had the opportunity recently to interview with CSX Transportation representatives. Jim Neddo, operations manager for the Waycross Rice Yard, and Bobby Young, professional recruiting manager from CSX headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, tested and interviewed the candidates. Mr. Steve Arnold, the utility worker local union chairman, also attended to speak with the candidates about union participation and expectations at CSX.  Most of the new hires will be hired as utility workers before moving to another trade or specialty within the company.   CSX Interview

OTC recently renewed an agreement with CSX to guarantee an interview to students who complete the locomotive electrical or locomotive mechanical Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) program in the Electronics Technology/Industrial Systems Technology department. The interviews take place twice a year at OTC’s Waycross campus.  The locomotive programs take approximately twelve months to complete and consist of classes for developing electrical and mechanical troubleshooting, design, and maintenance skills.  Day and evening courses are available to provide students with scheduling options, and students can begin either program any quarter. Competencies that students in the programs will acquire include electrical fundamentals, AC/DC circuitry, AC/DC motor control, magnetic starters and braking, industrial mechanics, fluid power, blueprint reading, pumps/piping systems, basic engine theory, and introduction to rail systems.

“I am very proud of the students that are graduating the Locomotive Electrical/Mechanical Program and the direction that the program is taking here at Okefenokee Technical College.  I feel that the graduating students will be a great asset to CSX and to all of the other companies that hire from these programs.  I want to give special congratulations and thanks to [the students who interviewed] for their hard work,” says Thomas Wesley, the Electronics/Locomotive Electrical Instructor.

“Our students have done an outstanding job preparing for this important day.  They researched the company and came to the interview looking and feeling confident.  We look forward to working with CSX to place more of our smart, skilled students in the future,” says Laura Mock, an instructor for the program.

Students had to pass a one-hour exam covering math and reading comprehension before continuing on to an interview.  Ninety percent of the students who tested progressed to the interview.

For more information about programs at Okefenokee Technical College, go online to www.okefenokeetech.edu or call (912) 287-6584.

Photo: Jim Neddo (second from left), operations manager for the Waycross Rice Yard, and Bobby Young (second from right), professional recruiting manager from CSX headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, tested and interviewed OTC students in the locomotive mechanical and electrical programs recently. Thomas Wesley (left) and Laura Mock (center), OTC instructors for the programs, along with OTC Career Services Director, Charlie Gibson (right), welcomed them to the Waycross campus.

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