Switchman - Refugio, TX
Watco Companies 20 reviews - Refugio, TX

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This is a TRANSLOAD terminal.

Responsibilities include switchman and transload operation responsibilities.

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

•Coordinates the activities of train crews.

•Receives oral or written instructions from Manager or Customer indicating which cars are to be switched.

•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.

•Maintains records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched. Document, add/remove seals

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

• 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.

•Ties handbrakes.

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

• Assist with loading process

•Open gate with pneumatic opener.

•Open hopper hatches

•Identify product inventory

•Assist Utility team with repairs/adjustments throughout the facility.

•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.

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

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

•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.

Physical Demands:
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 time.

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 communication equipment.

Physical Dimensions:
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.

Work Environment:
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.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job may train, supervise and coordinate the activities of train crew.

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