National Signals Consortium Courseware Well Received in Sound Transit Pilot Class

Posted April 2018

Joining in November of 2016, Sound Transit of Seattle, WA is the most recent of 23 locations to join the National Signals Training Consortium. Since then, they have been very involved in the Consortium by attending live meetings and appointing Subject Matter Experts that have been engaged in both creating and reviewing courseware within this nationally recognized, standardized training program.

On April 12 and 13, 2018, Sound Transit participated in their first pilot, and overall use of Signals Consortium Training materials. Two new Sound Transit instructors taught   Course 205: Inspection and Maintenance of Cab and Wayside Signals to a class of eight signal maintainers with varying degrees of experience from new hire to having nine years experience. To help orient the new hire, Course 100: Orientation and   Course 105: Introduction to Cab and Wayside Signaling were supplied before the class. These courses helped lay a strong foundation for the training class. Despite the mix of experience level, reasonably new instructors, and a couple attendees that came in to the class after a graveyard shift, the course was very well received. In fact, the two maintainers that came from the graveyard shift were wide-awake and engaged in the class.

The course went so well that Sound Transit is already planning a pilot of the next course in the series, Course 305: Troubleshooting and Repair of Signaling Equipment .

For more information on the National Signals Training Consortium:
*    Courseware Samples on Transit Training Network
*    The Center’s Facebook Page
*    Contact Center Program Manager of Instructional Design      
    Julie Deibel- Pundt

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