Advances in employee development
In 2015, the company advanced efforts to enhance training and career development opportunities for new hires and seasoned employees.
Following are the most significant accomplishments.
Norfolk Southern Training Center:
Located in McDonough, Ga., the facility provides centralized technical training for newly hired craft employees and advanced training programs for veteran and supervisory employees. In March, NS completed a new classroom addition that doubled instructional space to 50,000 square feet and equipped the facility with the latest in digital learning technologies, including touchscreens, smart boards, tablets, and customized computer simulations.
The upgrade also enhanced environmental sustainability:
The center’s new virtual welding lab, for example, enables NS to teach the basics of freight car welding virtually instead of consuming stacks of metal burn plates. The computer-simulated welder training provides physical, auditory, and visual feedback and actually accelerates training.