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Conductor/Engineer

The conductor 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.
Requirements
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.
Reads switching orders from designated person.
Supervises and coordinates the activities of train crews.
Receives oral or written instructions from Manager or Customer indicating which cars are to be switched.
Notifies engineer of switching orders and, whereby, which cars are to be moved to specified locations of yard, using radio, telephone, verbal or hand signals.
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.
Gives instructions to throw track switches and to couple and uncouple cars.
May assist workers to throw switches or perform other activities involved when performing switching operations.
Turns hand brake wheel or ratchet type brake as well as apply and release handbrakes.
Observes track to detect obstructions.
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.
Connects air hose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying force.
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, and air hoses and report any equipment requiring major repairs.
May talk to Engineer via radio to give or receive switching information.
Performs other duties as requested or required
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
Education and Experience:
High school education or general education development (GED).
Ability to pass training and required testing.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Frequency Scale
Strength
Work Pattern
N = Never
Full-time
S = Seldom (1-10 %, up to 48 min)
O = Occasional (11-33%, 48 min. - 2 hr 25 min)
Medium
F = Frequent (34-66%, 2 hr 26 min - 5 hr 35 min)
Heavy
10-12
Hours Per Day
C = Constant (67-100%, more than 5 hr 35 min)
5
Days Per Week
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
FREQUENCY
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION
N
S
O
F
C
Varies between location and circumstances
Sitting
X
Riding in locomotive or vehicle; doing paperwork
Standing
X
Waiting on engine to clear switch; directing train movements
Walking
X
Inspecting cars; Performing air tests; Positioning self in safe area
Lifting
floor - waist
N
S
O
F
C
lbs.
50 lbs- Occasionally
Up to 85 lbs seldom
X
X
Lifting
waist-shoulder
N
S
O
F
C
lbs.
20-40 lbs.
X
Lifting
above shoulder
N
S
O
F
C
lbs.
up to 40 lbs.
X
Carry
(Dist.)
N
S
O
F
C
lbs.
Up to 40 lbs.; up to 100ft.- Frequently
Up to 40 lbs.; 100 ft. to 1000 ft. - Occasional
X
X
Pushing/
Pulling
N
S
O
F
C
Minimal
20- 40 lbs
X
lbs force
N
S
O
F
C
Climbing
X
Climbing ladders, stairs, slopes
Balancing
X
Climbing on and off equipment, ability to withstand quick start/stop jolts
Stooping / Bending
X
Inspecting train, looking at brakes,
Twisting
X
Pulling uncoupling levers, tying handbrakes, looking out back window at train
Squatting / Kneeling
X
Connecting air hoses, Inspecting Locomotive
Crawling
X
Foot Controls
X
Use foot controls on flat car staff brakes when applicable
N
S
O
F
C
Reaching Forward
(Level)
Below Waist
Above Shoulder
X
Reaching as a function of climbing and tying handbrakes, operating controls of locomotive
X
Connecting air hoses, uncoupling levers, picking items off the ground
X
Climbing ladders, handbrakes, operating controls over the head
Handle/Grasp
X
Switches, pin lifers, ladder rungs, ETDs, handbrakes, FRED
Fine Finger Manipulation
X
Typing or writing lists
Hand Controls
X
Arming ETD & FRED
Repetitive Motion
X
Body part:
Hands
Cycles/hr.
Vibratory Tasks
X
Operating controls, sitting within cab of locomotive, slack action
N
S
O
F
C
Talking
X
Hearing
X
Hearing/Visual:
DOT vision/hearing exam requirements
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
FREQUENCY
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
FREQUENCY
N
S
O
F
C
N
S
O
F
C
Exposure to Weather
X
Noise Intensity
X
Extreme Cold
X
Atmospheric Conditions
X
Extreme Hot
X
Exposed Heights
X
Wet and / or Humidity
X
Exposure to Electricity
X
Proximity to Moving Mechanical Parts/Equipment
X
Exposure to Toxic / Caustic Chemicals
X
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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