The conductor/engineer position will be to control and coordinate the train movements while switching railcars whether in the yard of a railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to facilitate the unloading and loading of railcars in a safe and efficient manner to service our customers. This position is a manual labor position which requires that the individual become proficient in the following skills, duties, and requirements within a prescribed training and introductory period.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
· Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
· Follow written and verbal directions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.
· Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.
· Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment
· Inspects locomotive before run to verify specified fuel, sand, water, and all FRA requirements.
· Reads switching orders from designated person.
· Observes radio and hand signals in yard or in cab and operates locomotive in accordance with railroad rules and regulations.
· Observes arm or lantern signal and moves controls to move locomotive backwards or forwards to switch and couple cars; or receives starting signal and moves control; such as throttle and air brakes to operate locomotive.
· Reads and interprets wayside signals, track warrants and bulletins, and railroad rules and regulations to operate locomotive, following safety rules and regulations and time schedule.
· Talks to crew or other yard workers via radio to give or receive switching information.
· Confers with train dispatcher via radio to issue or receive information or instructions concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
· May assist workers to throw switches or perform other activities involved when performing switching operations.
· Turns hand brake wheel or ratchet type brake and tie handbrakes.
· Observes track to detect obstructions.
· Inspects locomotive after run to detect damaged or defective equipment.
· Maintains records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched.
· May coordinate activities of switching crew from locomotive cab, caboose, or control tower.
· Raises coupling lever to couple or uncouple cars.
· Throws track switches to facilitate shunting of cars and signals Engineer to move cars, using lantern, arm signals or radio.
· Climbs ladder to top of car, rides atop cars, and turns hand wheel to set brakes or to control the speed of the car when it has been shunted.
· Connects air hose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying force.
· May walk along tops of cars and peer down between them to inspect couplings, air hoses, and journal boxes.
· May set warning signals, such as flares, flags, lanterns, or torpedoes at front of and at rear of train during emergency stops to warn oncoming trains.
· Sits or rides in cab of locomotive to observe signals from other crew members.
· May make minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and journal boxes, and report any equipment requiring major repairs.
· Performs other duties as requested or required
Requirements and Experience:
· High school education or general education development (GED).
· Conductor certifications valid through FRA.
· At least 1-year job-related experience; or equivalent of education and experience.
· Ability to pass training and required testing.
· Must be 18 years of age or older.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
· Must have the ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out written and oral instructions.
· Must have the ability to write legibly.
· Must be able to perform duties that require heavy lifting.
· Must be willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions.
· Must be able to have a flexible work schedule.
· Must have the ability to recognize problems.
· Must have knowledge of Roadway Protection Rules.
· Must have a broad understanding of railroad operations.
· The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
· The team member is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.
Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used:
· Hammers, ratchets, chisel, pry bar, wrenches, and brushes.
· PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, FR clothing, gloves, steel toed boots.