Freight Conductor
CSX - Nashville, TN

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Job Summary

Supervise train crews on a freight train and coordinate switch engine crews. Place cars to facilitate loading and unloading and the makeup and breakdown of trains in a rail yard, industrial plant, or similar locations.

Primary Activities and Responsibilities

Ensure compliance with all train orders, signals, and railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Review instructions from dispatchers and yardmasters, and discuss with locomotive engineer and train crew

Inspect all equipment on cars prior to departures

Receive and transmit information by radio and telephone

Read and understand bulletins, work orders, and switch lists

Assist and instruct train crews to couple and uncouple cars, operate switches, and make minor repairs to railcars, including replacing heavy couplings or air brake hoses

Work with customers to ensure accurate movement and placement of cars

Maintain awareness of surrounding area and suspicious activity to ensure rail safety

Operate locomotive equipment through the use of remote control device

Quickly and repeatedly make precise adjustments in moving the controls of a machine or vehicle to exact positions

Comprehend color and/or hand signals and systems

Pay Rate

$43,000 average first year earnings.


You will attend six weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute (REDI) in Atlanta, GA. CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals. You will complete an additional 8-22 weeks of on-the-job training at your assigned location as required by collective bargaining agreement.


Minimum Qualifications

High School diploma/GED

18 years of age or older

Valid Driver's License

2 years verifiable work experience and/or college

Preferred Qualifications

Outside work experience

Experience working on an on-call basis

Experience working varying shift schedules

Experience operating heavy equipment

Mechanical experience

Physical Requirements

Medium to Heavy Work, lifting up to 50 pounds occasionally and up to 83 pounds on a rare basis


Work in cramped, confined, enclosed, or awkward places

Ride on the outside of rail equipment for long periods of time

Walk long distances over uneven terrain

Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/inspection

Must meet color vision requirements as described in the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Regulations

Basic Competencies

Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communications--both general and technical)

Communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions)

Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)

Employment Conditions

Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries

Wear protective equipment including hearing protection, safety-toe boots, or safety glasses

Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, and various shift work, including on-call 7 days a week, 24 hours per day, with extended periods of time away from home and short rest between assignments in accordance with the hours of service regulation

Work hours are based on seniority - new hires will work primarily nights, weekends, and holidays

Must be able to report to work safely with two-hour notice

Complete annual training and pass safety operating rules examination

Federal regulations require random testing for drugs and/or alcohol

Must pass all required assessments

Must pass a background screening

Strict disciplinary policy regarding inability to report to work within proper time frame, or failure to accept a call for work

Advance to engineer position when required, based on seniority

This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement; membership is required

Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including drug and physical capabilities test that entails a 1.5 hour strength and cardiovascular fitness test. You will be required to travel up to 4 hours to testing center at your expense

Environmental Conditions

Work outside in all weather conditions at elevated heights up to 20 feet.

Safety Commitment

Safety is a way of life at CSX, encompassing every aspect of company operations. Guided by a policy of ensuring the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve, CSX works relentlessly to prevent accidents and injuries. Not only is it the right thing to do, but when a company puts safety first, everyone benefits: the employees and their families, the customers and the communities.

This is a safety sensitive position. The candidate selected for this position must successfully complete a full physical including a drug test. Passing results must be received prior to start date in new position. All candidates' safety records will be reviewed and considered when evaluating the candidate pool.

Company Profile

CSX Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, is a multi-modal freight transportation company serving customers across North America. Through its primary subsidiary, CSX operates the largest railroad in the eastern United States with operations in 23 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX also includes an integrated intermodal company which serves customers with its own truck and terminal operations as well as a dedicated domestic container fleet. Other CSX subsidiaries provide technology and real estate support to the company. These subsidiaries combine to allow CSX to deliver efficient freight alternatives to customers in a variety of industries, including coal, chemicals, automobiles, metals, agricultural and forest products, food and consumer goods.

CSX Transportation is the largest company in the CSX family employing approximately 30,000 management and union employees. CSXT's primary focus is the operation, maintenance and management of the largest railroad in the eastern United States.

Closing Statement

At CSX, two of the company's core values are People Make The Difference and Safety Is A Way of Life. We are committed to offering our team members the most competitive compensation and benefits package available, unlimited opportunities for development and growth throughout an exciting and rewarding career, and the safest work environment possible.

CSX is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that supports diversity in the workplace.

Primary Location


United States-TN-Nashville

Relocation Available



Tax Status


Railroad Retirement

Overtime Status



Closing Date


May 1, 2013, 10:59:59 PM