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Tests - A new and innovative aptitude test to assess the essential ability of 'fault finding' in train drivers


LOROL leading the way in train driver assessment
The OPC collaborated with London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL) to develop the Driver Fault Finding Test (DFFT).  This is an innovative test that mimics the fault finding skills required by a modern day train driver, enabling you to make effective selection decisions by recruiting those who are likely to contribute to improved training success and job performance.  This exercise can also be used as a development tool for existing train drivers to identify development needs in relation to fault finding.

Measuring a key competency required by train drivers
The DFFT measures 'the aptitude to think logically and to find and solve faults efficiently and effectively when under time pressure'.  This is about identifying a candidate's potential for effective fault finding.  It also assesses decision making, following instructions and ability to check detail.

The DFFT is designed specifically for the train driver role, however this could be used with any driving role such as: depot drivers, tram operatives; light rail drivers; engne drivers; freight drivers; locomotive engineers; locomotive drivers; railroad engineers or any role within the rail industry that requires employees to find faults and think logically when under time pressure.

The DFFT mimics directly what a train driver has to fault find
With modern types of train and traction there is an increasing need for train drivers to identify and solve faults quickly, safely and effectively, employing logical thinking to do this successfully.  The DFFT is designed specifically for the rail industry and mimics the fault finding skills required by a train driver, candidates can therefore see the relevance of this test increasing the credibility of the recruitment process.

How does the DFFT work?
Candidates are presented with pictures representing a new and innovative train system and a display panel of dials and instruments for that particular train.  They are also presented with some technical information and must identify faults with the dials and instruments and prioritise the top two faults.  They must then indicate how these faults should be solved using information presented on a 'fault finder guide'.  Interpreting candidates' performance is simple, using an easy to use scoring and norming system.

Saving you time and resources
The DFFT can help you to identify and recruit those applicants who are able to fault find under time pressure, this could ultimately help your organisation save money on train delays, by recruiting those who are likely to get services up and running efficiently following a fault.