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.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the
following. Other duties may be assigned, as requested or
1. Supervises and coordinates the activities of train
2. Receives oral or written instructions from Manager or
Customer indicating which cars are to be switched.
3. 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.
Gives instructions to throw track switches and to couple
and uncouple cars.
4. Manage cars online through various RMI reports.
5. 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
6. Must ensure all reporting is done accurately and
timely, including daily crew work sheets and weekly
7. Download and effectively read a locomotive event
8. Clearly understand car hire and demurrage.
9. Approve all man hours under his/her area of
responsibility, and forward these hours to the necessary
personnel or department on a timely basis.
10. Initiate and provide an accurate, complete, and
timely investigation of all accidents and incidents,
including causes, remedial action, and recommended
11. Understand the quantitative factors contributing to
the major costs on the railroad, and understand the
extent of their effect toward financial performances.
12. Adjust locomotive requirements to consists based on
HP and trailing tons on a daily basis, with a goal to
minimize locomotive fuel and maximize locomotive
13. Understand all outstanding track conditions within
his/her territory, including slow orders, and their
affect on productivity/efficiency.
14. Other duties as requested or required.
High school education or general education development
(GED), and minimum of 6 months job-related experience;
or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certificates and Licenses:
Must hold, and continue to hold, a current locomotive
engineers and conductors certification
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of and skills in applying basic federal
railroad regulations, guidelines and rules.
2. Ability to read and comprehend written safety rules,
procedure and safety manuals, government regulations,
operating and maintenance instructions, memos and other
3. Ability to apply commonsense 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
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Ability to make independent judgments using sound
reasoning skills and knowledge base.
7. Ability to think and act quickly in responding to
emergency and non-emergency situations.
8. 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.
9. Ability to pass training and required testing.
The physical demands described here are representative
of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job.
Specific vision abilities with this job require close
vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less); and distance
vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more); and peripheral
vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up
and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed
on a given point); and depth perception (three
dimensional vision, ability to judge distances); and
ability to adjust focus; and ability to identify and
distinguish colors in order to perform switching duties,
read railroad or yard traffic signals, hand signals,
lantern signals, and track obstructions and observe
other activities within railroad or yard traffic 100% of
Must be able to talk and/or hear well enough to
communicate with co-workers, engineers, train crew, yard
crew, and customers 100% of time.
Must be able to climb and balance well enough to climb,
hold onto, and balance on ladder attached to side of
car; and/or climb ladder attached to side of car and
balance on top of car while turning brakewheel; and/or
climb steps on locomotive from level or uneven ground;
and/or climb on/off moving equipment 35% of time.
Must be able to stand and walk on level or uneven ground
70% of time.
Must be able to bend, twist, stoop 10% of time.
Must be able to push, pull, and/or lift, exerting up to
100 pounds of force, 10% of time.
Must be able to sit in cab of locomotive 20% of time.
Must be able to reach with hands and arms; and/or use
hands to feel or handle 60% of time.
Must be able to write legibly and use radio and
The employee is required to exert up to 125 pounds of
force occasionally; and/or up to 100 pounds of force
frequently; and/or up to 75 pounds of force regularly.
The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the essential functions of this job the
employee is regularly exposed to a high noise level,
vibration, high and precarious places, heavy equipment,
weather conditions, heat from equipment/machinery,
sitting in semi-confined spaces for extended periods,
and exposure to fumes from oil, grease, and fuel.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the
general nature and level of work being performed by
employees 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.