Switchman
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. - Courtland, AL

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Receives, relays or acts upon oral, written or radio instructions from customer or customer service representative or other personnel indicating the switch movement, placement or delivery of railroad cars and/or a train.
  • Conducts the movement of rail cars and train movements.
  • Observes, interprets and relays arm, lantern or radio signals and all other indications affecting movement of a train.
  • Operates track switches (visually checks switch condition and route) to change the direction of the engine or cars within yard limits or on the main track; may apply or release hand brakes to switch or perform other duties.
  • Reads and understands the book of rules, timetables, bulletins, train orders, waybills, placards, safety instructions, and other written or printed material.
  • Prepares required daily reports; switch lists - manually or with a computer.
  • Inspects the condition of the train and equipment in movement and while stationary.
  • May couple air and electrical connections between locomotives when making up trains
Required Skills
  • Understanding oral communications.
  • Recognizing sounds/changes in sounds
  • Recognizing colors
  • Understanding printed/written information
  • Making oneself understood orally
  • Judging speed and/or distance of moving objects/parts
  • Understanding visual displays
  • Taking actions and/or making decisions affecting security and well being of others
  • Recalling information required from work activity
  • Climbing and balancing
  • Judging condition or status of objects/parts * Exercising physical strength and/or endurance
Required Experience High School Diploma or GED Required, Associate's degree preferred.

2 years work experience/or equivalent training required, experience in a 24/7 work environment with exposure to outside weather conditions preferred.

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Genesee & Wyoming (GWI) once relied on the salt of the earth -- hauling salt on a 14-mile railroad for one customer. Now, however, the...