Watco Terminal and Port Services is currently seeking a safety conscious and team oriented individual to bring on board as an Engineer/Conductor for our Fryburg, ND Terminal. Experience in the rail industry is preferred; however, we will thoroughly train the right candidate to perform this level of work.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Inspects locomotive prior to shift, with regular checks throughout shift, to ensure the locomotive is in well functioning order relative to safety standards and general operating procedures;
Obtains and follows guidance from any designated personnel assisting with train operations, primarily Local Leadership and the assigned Conductor;
Observes radio and hand signals on site and operates locomotive in accordance with rules and regulations;
May assist workers with switch operations (exerting up to 100 pounds of force) or perform other activities involved when performing switching operations;
Turns hand brake wheel or ratchet type brake, as needed, which requires exerting 75 to 100 pounds of force;
Observes track to detect obstructions and/or safety hazards;
Inspects locomotive after run to detect damaged or defective equipment;
Prepares reports to explain accidents, unscheduled stops, or delays;
Completes preventative maintenance of moving parts as needed;
Supervises and coordinates the activities of train crews;
Receives oral or written instructions from Manager or Customer indicating car movement;
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;
Climbs ladder to top of car, rides atop cars, and turns handwheel to set brakes or to control the speed of the car when it has been shunted;
Connects air hose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying up to 35 pounds of force;
May walk along tops of cars and peer down between them to inspect couplings, airhoses, and journal boxes;
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, airhoses and journal boxes, and report any equipment requiring major repairs;
Lubricate switch stands, switch plates, and rail joints with oil to enhance component operation; and,
Performs other duties as requested or required
High school education or general education development (GED).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of and skills in using various hand tools, including sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, measuring tapes, etc.
Knowledge of and skills in performing basic mechanical repairs and maintenance.
Ability to read and comprehend written safety rules, procedure and safety manuals, government regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, memos and other work-related information.
Ability to apply common sense 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 problems.
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.
Ability to make independent judgments using sound reasoning skills and knowledge base.
Ability to think and act quickly in responding to emergency and non-emergency situations.
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.
Ability to pass training and required testing.