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Locomotive Engineers

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Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.

    Work Activities
    • Interpret train orders, signals, or railroad rules and regulations that govern the operation of locomotives.
    • Confer with conductors or traffic control center personnel via radiophones to issue or receive information concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
    • Receive starting signals from conductors and use controls such as throttles or air brakes to drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas turbine-electric locomotives.
    • Monitor gauges or meters that measure speed, amperage, battery charge, or air pressure in brake lines or in main reservoirs.
    • Observe tracks to detect obstructions.
    • Call out train signals to assistants to verify meanings.
    • Operate locomotives to transport freight or passengers between stations or to assemble or disassemble trains within rail yards.
    • Check to ensure that brake examination tests are conducted at shunting stations.
    • Respond to emergency conditions or breakdowns, following applicable safety procedures and rules.
    • Inspect locomotives to verify adequate fuel, sand, water, or other supplies before each run or to check for mechanical problems.
    • Inspect locomotives after runs to detect damaged or defective equipment.
    • Prepare reports regarding any problems encountered, such as accidents, signaling problems, unscheduled stops, or delays.
    • Check to ensure that documentation, such as procedure manuals or logbooks, are in the driver's cab and available for staff use.
    • Monitor train loading procedures to ensure that freight or rolling stock are loaded or unloaded without damage.
    • Drive diesel-electric rail-detector cars to transport rail-flaw-detecting machines over tracks.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Response Orientation

      The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.

    Knowledge
    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $61,020/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $29.34/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Train braking systems
    • Screwdrivers
    • Rail switching systems
    • Electric freight locomotives
    • Diesel freight locomotives
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Time accounting software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Expert system software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.