Locomotive Mechanic (MERR)

Position Summary

The Locomotive Foreman inspects, repairs, and maintains locomotives consistent with company polices. Team member will be required to perform Foreman related maintenance as required.

The ability to work with others to be productive is essential to the success of this position, the company, and all employees. All team members in the entire organization are to treat each other in the same manner that they would expect to be treated themselves.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: ​

  • Implementation of and compliance with the company safety plan.
  • Tolerate no less than a respectful workplace.
  • Develop and sustain an environment where all obstacles of success are constantly communicated to everyone affected.
  • Communications between all parties are concise and clear.
  • Constantly searching for both safe and productive ways of performance.
  • Compliance with confidentiality policy as stated in company employee manual.
  • Coordinate locomotive department functions with all other departments.
  • Comply with the guidelines set forth by the FRA on Personal Blue Signal Protection of Workers.
  • Work with customers to assure a level of customer service consistent with company goals.
  • Work with connecting railroads to assure efficient interchange of cars and locomotives.
  • Perform air tests, inspect, and repair locomotives or components for structural defects and wear according to FRA and manufacturing guidelines.
  • Rules compliance with all rules, regulations and programs including drug and alcohol.
  • Be proficient and knowledgeable on the interchange rules as they pertain to locomotives.
  • Possess working knowledge of the proper use of various wear limit gauges and testing equipment.
  • Must possess the ability to complete written forms and reports as well as necessary Federal Railroad Administration reports pertaining to machinist position responsibilities.
  • Must possess the ability to become a qualified locomotive inspector according to the FRA regulations.
  • Familiar with state and federal regulations as it relates to the railroad industry.
  • Must be able to perform emergency repairs and re-railing of railroad rolling stock.
  • Must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Must have a working knowledge of and be familiar with various types of tools and equipment such as, but not limited to, welders, torches, hammers, jacks, and various types of other Foreman, pneumatic, and hand tools pertaining to the construction and maintenance of locomotives.
  • Develop the skills of subordinate employee(s) to assure highly qualified successors are in place
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements and Experience:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have completed a three-year Railroad Apprenticeship or have four years railroad related experience or five years’ experience in some other Foreman field.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by company insurance provider to drive and operate company vehicles and equipment, as necessary. Must have or must be able to obtain a Class B CDL driver’s license.
  • Must have the ability to become a qualified Locomotive Service Engineer according to Federal Railroad Administration regulations and will be required to perform electrical duties as required.

Reading & Language Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and federal and state regulations. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of this organization. Ability to write and update rules and manuals to assure continuous compliance with all federal regulations.
  • The team member in this job must be able to pass Track Ground School, GCOR Written Test, Roadway Worker Protection Written Test, Fall Protection Written Test, Maintenance of Way Safety Written Test, MSHA/OSHA Training and Certification (if required on site).
  • High school education or general education (GED)
  • Must be 18 years 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 the guidelines set forth by the FRA on Personal Blue Signal Protection of Workers.
  • Must have a broad understanding of railroad operations.

Work Environment:

  • 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.

Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used:

  • PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, FR clothing, gloves, steel toed boots

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

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