Trainmaster (TERR)

Position Summary

Supervises and coordinates activities of train crew engaged in switching railroad cars within yard of railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to facilitate loading or unloading of cars or making up and breaking up of trains; and/or switches railroad cars within yard of railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to load and unload cars or to make up or break up trains in a safe and efficient manner, by performing the following duties. Also supervise and coordinate the activities of passenger related train crews.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and coordinates the activities of train crews, including passenger service crews.
  • Receives oral or written instructions from Manager or Customer indicating which cars are to be switched.
  • Notifies train crew of switching orders and, whereby, which cars are to be moved to specified locations of yard, using radio, telephone, verbal, or hand signals.
  • Manage cars online through various RMI reports.
  • Must ensure daily train lists are accurate as generated by the customer service department, and accurate as completed by the train crews within his/her territory.
  • Must ensure all reporting is done accurately and timely, including daily crew work sheets and weekly operational reporting.
  • Approve all man hours under his/her area of responsibility and forward these hours to the necessary personnel or department on a timely basis.
  • Initiate and provide an accurate, complete, and timely investigation of all accidents and incidents, including causes, remedial action, and recommended solutions.
  • Understand the quantitative factors contributing to the major costs on the railroad and understand the extent of their effect toward financial performances.
  • Adjust locomotive consist requirements based on HP and trailing tons daily, with a goal to minimize locomotive fuel and maximize locomotive utilization.
  • Understand all outstanding track conditions within his/her territory, including slow orders, and their effect on productivity/efficiency.
  • Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
  • Knowledge of and skills in applying basic federal railroad regulations, guidelines, and rules.
  • Ability to read and comprehend written safety rules, procedure and safety manuals, government regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, memos, and other work-related information.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and/or to apply principles of logic to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; and/or to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems.
  • Ability to effectively communicate instructions, directions, processes, procedures, safety rules and regulations to co-workers, supervisors, and others in written, oral, diagrammatic and schedule form.
  • Ability to train switch crews and other yard personnel to perform job-related duties; and to provide training related to federal and company regulations, rules, safety guidelines and preventive maintenance.
  • Ability to make independent judgments using sound reasoning skills and knowledge base.
  • Ability to think and act quickly in responding to emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Ability to talk to and effectively communicate with co-workers, yard personnel, switching crew, engineers, railroad officials and others in a clear, concise, courteous, efficient, and professional manner.
  • Promote and facilitate company safety initiatives and instill a culture of safety
  • Manages the operational testing program by observing, documenting, and evaluating safe work practices and rules compliance
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.
  • Performs other duties as requested or required

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used: 

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

Education and Experience:

  • High school education or general education development (GED), and minimum of 6 months job-related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.

Certificates and Licenses:

  • Must possess a current locomotive engineers and conductor’s certification, or the ability to obtain an engineer’s certification.
  • Must hold a valid state driver’s license

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.


Note:  The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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