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Driving a BTS train
- Published: 25 Mar 2012 at 10.25
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Here are a few things you might not know about a career that a lot of young people would like to have.
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Here's a long excerpt from a story that appear yesterday on what it's like to be a driver for the skytrain (BTS), Thailand's first-ever electric train service, which came into operation 12 years ago. You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/GZxz9Z
BTS driver Nichakul Ruomtham checks out the instrumentation in the control compartment of one of the skytrains. She is one of 14 female drivers in the Bangkok skytrain network. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN
Driving a BTS train
Chanchai Rungruang, the BTS's training specialist, has been working for the electric train service for 13 years. He started out as a driver. A year later, he was promoted to supervisor.
After four years in that job, he became the BTS training specialist responsible not only for training drivers but helping to screen applicants.
Mr Chanchai, or Ouan, 40, said he first worked as finance officer for a construction firm after graduating. He spotted an advertisement for skytrain drivers in a newspaper and decided to go for it.
"I can drive a car and so I thought driving an electric train might be easier. When I got the job, I felt honoured and proud at being part of history."
Skytrain drivers must have a bachelors degree in any field and be between 27 and 35 years old. Applicants sit a written test and after passing they are extensively interviewed.
There is also what is known in the trade as a "safety mind test", the most important test for electric train drivers, before they undergo health checks, Mr Chanchai said.
"The safety mind test will gauge your emotional stability. It will check whether one exhibits a tendency to cut corners or bypass steps."
Skytrain drivers are responsible for many lives.
Drivers are prohibited from working for more than four consecutive hours.
"This job is not limited to men. Female drivers are also accepted. The BTS currently has 14 women drivers," Mr Chanchai said.
Explaining a misconception about steering the trains, he said they are not always on "automatic pilot". Drivers do more than push buttons to open or close the train doors.
In fact, drivers drive the trains manually from the BTS's Mor Chit depot to Mor Chit station, from which point the trains are automatically engaged.
Driver Mongkol Subwichai, 39, said he had worked for the elevated train system for 11 years. He worked for a construction firm for six years before quitting and going into the garment business for about a year before applying to become a BTS driver. "I take pride in what I do. It's different from other jobs," he said.
Mr Mongkol said the job affords him a dramatic view of the city.
But safety takes utmost priority. Drivers must be cautious, particularly during rush hour.
They must see that no passengers are caught between doors when the train leaves the station while keeping to schedule.
Nichakul Ruomtham, 30, one of the 14 female drivers, said she has been in the job for four years. While a political science student, she was a trainee in BTS's human resources division. After graduating, she was employed on permanent staff at the BTS Siam Square station. After three years, she was recruited as a skytrain driver.
"This job is challenging. I was among 40-50 applicants applying for four driver positions and I passed the test,"she said.
Ms Nichakul said she did not tell her parents she was a train driver for the first two years. She was afraid they would think the job was dangerous for a woman.
However, when she broke the news to her parents, it was surprisingly well received. "Dad called me one day and said to send him a photo of me driving the train. It turned out his friends didn't believe I drive the skytrain and he needed proof,"she said.
excerpt – a part of a longer story, speech, song, text, etc. บทคัดย่อ
promoted – moved to a job at a higher level เลื่อนตำแหน่ง
supervisor – someone who is in charge of an activity, a place, or a group of people such as workers or students ผู้ควบคุมดูแล, หัวหน้างาน
responsible for – to have a duty to do something มีความรับผิดชอบ, มีความรับผิดชอบ
screen – to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something สครีน, คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก
applicant – someone who applies for something, such as a job or a loan of money ผู้สมัคร,ผู้แจ้งความจำนง,ผู้ขอ
financial – involving money เกี่ยวกับเงิน, ทางการเงิน
construction – the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
firm – a business or company บริษัท
spot – to see or notice สังเกตเห็น
honoured – feeling pleased or proud because people are showing you great respect รู้สึกเป็นเกียรติ
proud – feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with ภูมิใจ
bachelor’s degree – the first degree that you get when you study at a university. Bachelor’s degrees include Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) ระดับปริญญาตรี
extensively – in considerable detail; thoroughly อย่างกว้างขวาง
interview – to ask someone questions in a meeting สัมภาษณ์
trade – business
undergo – to experience a process of change เผชิญกับ, ประสบ
gauge – to make a judgment or guess about a situation, action or person based on the information that you have
emotional – related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general อารมณ์
stability – the quality or state of being steady and not changing or being disturbed in any way (= the quality of being stable) ความมุ่งมั่นอยู่กับสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง, ความทนทาน
exhibit – to show clearly that you have or feel a particular feeling, quality or ability แสดงให้เห็น
tendency – likely to behave or act in a particular way นิสัย, ท่าทาง
cut corners – to do something in the easiest, cheapest or quickest way, often by ignoring rules or leaving something out ทำสิ่งที่ง่ายที่สุด ถูกที่สุดหรือเร็วที่สุด
bypass – to avoid dealing with someone or something หลีกเลี่ยง
prohibit – to not allow; to ban ห้าม
consecutive – following one after another in order ติดต่อกัน
limited – intended only for certain people who have been given special permission/qualification ที่จำกัด
automatic pilot – a device in an aircraft, ship or vehicel that keeps it on a fixed course without the need for a person to control it ระบบการควบคุมการบินอัตโนมัติ
misconception – a belief or an idea that is not based on correct information, or that is not understood by people ความเข้าใจผิด
steer – to control the direction in which something or someone moves นำทาง ถือพวงมาลัย
manually – by hand ด้วยมือ
depot – a building where supplies or vehicles are kept คลัง
elevated – raised above the ground, or higher than the surrounding area ซึ่งอยู่ในระดับที่สูงกว่าสิ่งอื่น
garment – a piece of clothing เสื้อผ้า, เครื่องแต่งกาย
pride – a feeling of respect for yourself ความภาคภูมิใจ
afford – to provide somebody with something ให้
dramatic – exciting and impressive ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ
utmost – as much as possible: used for emphasizing a quality or feeling สุดขีด, อย่างมาก
priority – something important that needs to be done first or needs more attention than anything else สิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุดเป็นอันดับแรก
cautious – careful to avoid danger ระมัดระวังไม่ให้เกิดขึ้น
rush hour – a time of the day when large number of people are either going to or coming from work ช่วงเวลาเร่ิงด่วน (อันที่จริงในภาษาไทยที่ดีไม่มีคำว่า ช่วงเวลาเร่งด่วน คำนี้ควรกล่าวว่า ช่วงเวลาที่มีการสัญจรไปมามากกว่าช่วงเวลาอื่น)
to schedule – at the planned time ตามตาราง
human resources – people's skills and abilities, seen as something a company, an organisation, etc. can make use of ทรัพยากรมนุษย์
permanent – happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future ถาวร
recruit – to persuade someone to join in something จัดหาคนใหม่
challenging – difficult, in a way that tests your ability or determination ที่ท้าทายความสามารถ
break the news – to tell someone for the first time เปิดเผย
proof – information, documents, etc. that show that something is true การพิสูจน์