This position is responsible for operating electric,
diesel-electric, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives; interpreting
train orders, signals, and rules and regulations; transporting
freight; timely and correct switching and placement of rail
II. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Inspects locomotive before operating to verify specified fuel,
sand, water, and other supplies.
- Receives starting signal from foreman or helper and moves
controls, such as throttle and airbrakes, to move locomotive.
- Interprets train orders, train signals, and rules and
regulations to operate locomotive, following safety regulations,
operating procedures, and switching schedule.
- Assists crew leader in training new employees.
- Observes track to detect obstructions.
- Prepares reports to explain accidents, unscheduled stops, or
- Lubricates moving parts of locomotive.
- Handle train equipment in a safe manner using independent or
- Must wear required personal protective equipment
- Other duties as assigned.
- Operation of hand or ground throw switches, derails, gates,
- Control movement of equipment by radio, hands, and
- Apply and release hand brakes to secure or move equipment.
- Handling air hoses, wheel chocks, coupling and uncoupling of
- Must wear required personal protective equipment.
- Other duties as assigned.
The qualifications listed below represent the credentials
necessary to perform the essential duties of this position. To be
successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
A. Education and/or Experience
High School diploma (or equivalent)
Military experience helpful
Must be extremely dependable and punctual in attendance; must
have reliable transportation to work every day.
Good communication skills; Must be comfortable engaging in a
variety of different communicative modes (verbal, non-verbal, and
written) and being attuned to others through strong active
Ability to assess multiple tasks and develop a plan to complete
them in a timely manner.
Must have the ability to work well with others as part of a
C. Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules,
operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to
speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business
information, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure
manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to
questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the
D. Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of
measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and
interpret bar graphs. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such
as discounts, proportions, percentages.
E. Reasoning Ability
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out
instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability
to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of
concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization
exists. Ability to interpret instructions in written, oral,
diagram, or schedule form.
F. Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally
required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance;
stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy weights.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth
perception, and ability to adjust focus.
E. Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
This incumbent regularly works in an outdoor environment, in
various weather conditions. While performing the duties of this
job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne
particles and toxic chemicals. The employee is frequently exposed
to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to
wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work
environment is usually moderate.
We are an equal opportunity employer.