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Monitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run. Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to yard engineer in railroad yard.

    Work Activities
    • Observe train signals along routes and verify their meanings for engineers.
    • Monitor trains as they go around curves to detect dragging equipment and smoking journal boxes.
    • Receive signals from workers in rear of train and relay that information to engineers.
    • Observe tracks from left sides of locomotives to detect obstructions on tracks.
    • Operate locomotives in emergency situations.
    • Inspect locomotives to detect damaged or worn parts.
    • Signal other workers to set brakes and to throw track switches when switching cars from trains to way stations.
    • Check to see that trains are equipped with supplies such as fuel, water, and sand.
    • Monitor oil, temperature, and pressure gauges on dashboards to determine if engines are operating safely and efficiently.
    • Start diesel engines to warm engines before runs.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

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

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay
    • US Annual Salary $63,820/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage $30.69/hr
    • US 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:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Train braking systems
    • Railway or tramway maintenance or service vehicle
    • Rail switching systems
    • Electric freight locomotives
    • Diesel freight locomotives
    Technology
    • Time accounting software
    • Route navigation software
    • Data base user interface and query software