Curious on path to engineer

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AndoSteel

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Hello,

I was curious. I have been working in finance all my life and have been successful in the field. After ten years of grinding away I now am VP of a major branch. I went to school for finance but it was really just for the sake of a money making career.

That being said, I have kind of felt burnt out in the past couple years. Realistically seeing numbers all day after day is just getting to me and the stress of the market is always there.

I was thinking of a career change working more directly and trains/planes had always interested me.

Son my question is, How long does it take to become an engineer with no experience in the field? I am currently 30 and hold a Bachelors if that helps.

I know the money won’t be the same but life is more than that.
 

JoeyJoJo

New Member
Hello,

I was curious. I have been working in finance all my life and have been successful in the field. After ten years of grinding away I now am VP of a major branch. I went to school for finance but it was really just for the sake of a money making career.

That being said, I have kind of felt burnt out in the past couple years. Realistically seeing numbers all day after day is just getting to me and the stress of the market is always there.

I was thinking of a career change working more directly and trains/planes had always interested me.

Son my question is, How long does it take to become an engineer with no experience in the field? I am currently 30 and hold a Bachelors if that helps.

I know the money won’t be the same but life is more than that.
The best advice that I can offer you right now is to stay where you are now. The reason I say that is if your looking for a class 1 railroad like UP, BNSF, NS etc you'll have to start from the bottom and work your way up. In many cases many years and many furloughs.
It took just over five years to promote as an engineer. Even then is not guaranteed you'll stay one. If you pass the six month training and pass an initial check ride then a certification ride. If you fail the last one you have no job after a second attempt.
Since you have a degree you have a better chance at becoming a manager with a railroad instead. I hope this answers your question. If you have anymore send me a message.
 




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