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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters

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Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.

    Work Activities
    • Signal engineers to begin train runs, stop trains, or change speed, using telecommunications equipment or hand signals.
    • Confer with engineers regarding train routes, timetables, and cargoes, and to discuss alternative routes when there are rail defects or obstructions.
    • Instruct workers to set warning signals in front and at rear of trains during emergency stops.
    • Receive information regarding train or rail problems from dispatchers or from electronic monitoring devices.
    • Receive instructions from dispatchers regarding trains' routes, timetables, and cargoes.
    • Direct and instruct workers engaged in yard activities, such as switching tracks, coupling and uncoupling cars, and routing inbound and outbound traffic.
    • Operate controls to activate track switches and traffic signals.
    • Keep records of the contents and destination of each train car, and make sure that cars are added or removed at proper points on routes.
    • Observe yard traffic to determine tracks available to accommodate inbound and outbound traffic.
    • Arrange for the removal of defective cars from trains at stations or stops.
    • Direct engineers to move cars to fit planned train configurations, combining or separating cars to make up or break up trains.
    • Supervise workers in the inspection and maintenance of mechanical equipment to ensure efficient and safe train operation.
    • Inspect each car periodically during runs.
    • Review schedules, switching orders, way bills, and shipping records to obtain cargo loading and unloading information and to plan work.
    • Confirm routes and destination information for freight cars.
    • Supervise and coordinate crew activities to transport freight and passengers and to provide boarding, porter, maid, and meal services to passengers.
    • Verify accuracy of timekeeping instruments with engineers to ensure trains depart on time.
    • Document and prepare reports of accidents, unscheduled stops, or delays.
    • Record departure and arrival times, messages, tickets and revenue collected, and passenger accommodations and destinations.
    • Inspect freight cars for compliance with sealing procedures, and record car numbers and seal numbers.
    • Collect tickets, fares, or passes from passengers.
    • Instruct workers to regulate air conditioning, lighting, and heating in passenger cars to ensure passengers' comfort.
    Skills
    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Monitoring

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

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • Transportation

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

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $61,990/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $29.80/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Wire or cable cutter
    • Winches
    • Specialty wrenches
    • Rail switching systems
    • Dock plates
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    Tags
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.