Engineer/Conductor - Refugio, TX
Watco Companies - Refugio, TX

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Successful applicant must possess one year of experience in operating under signaled territory.

1. Supervises and coordinates the activities of train crews.

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. Maintains records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched.

5. May coordinate activities of switching crew from locomotive cab, caboose, or control tower.

6. Raises coupling lever to couple or uncouple cars.

7. Throws track switches to facilitate shunting of cars and signals Engineer to move cars, using lantern, arm signals or radio.

8. 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.

9. Ties handbrakes.

10. Connects airhose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying up to 35 pounds of force.

11. May walk along tops of cars and peer down between them to inspect couplings, airhoses, and journal boxes.

12. 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.

13. Sits or rides in cab of locomotive to observe signals from other crew members.

14. May make minor repairs to couplings, airhoses and journal boxes, and report any equipment requiring major repairs.

15. May supervise and assist workers engaged in maintenance and repair of diesel locomotives.

16. May talk to Engineer via radio to give or receive switching information.

17. 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 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 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.

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Watco Companies (WCI) offers a wide-range of railcar services. Subsidiary Watco Transportation Services (WTS) runs 20-plus short-line...