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Industry SectorRail Operations, Train Conductor, Locomotive engineer jobs
LocationsLafayette, Rail jobs in USA
Contract TypePermanent
Date Posted06 March 2013

Job Description


Job Summary

Supervise train crews on a freight train and coordinate switch engine crews. Place cars to facilitate loading and unloading and the makeup and breakdown of trains in a rail yard, industrial plant, or similar locations.

Primary Activities and Responsibilities
•Ensure compliance with all train orders, signals, and railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
•Review instructions from dispatchers and yardmasters, and discuss with locomotive engineer and train crew
•Inspect all equipment on cars prior to departures
•Receive and transmit information by radio and telephone
•Read and understand bulletins, work orders, and switch lists
•Assist and instruct train crews to couple and uncouple cars, operate switches, and make minor repairs to railcars, including replacing heavy couplings or air brake hoses
•Work with customers to ensure accurate movement and placement of cars
•Maintain awareness of surrounding area and suspicious activity to ensure rail safety
•Operate locomotive equipment through the use of remote control device
•Quickly and repeatedly make precise adjustments in moving the controls of a machine or vehicle to exact positions
•Comprehend color and/or hand signals and systems

Pay Rate

USD 43,000 average first year earnings.

You will attend six weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute (REDI) in Atlanta, GA. CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals. You will complete an additional 8-22 weeks of on-the-job training at your assigned location as required by collective bargaining agreement.


Minimum Qualifications
•High School diploma/GED
•18 years of age or older
•Valid Drivers License
•2 years verifiable work experience and/or college

Preferred Qualifications
•Outside work experience
•Experience working on an on-call basis
•Experience working varying shift schedules
•Experience operating heavy equipment
•Mechanical experience

Physical Requirements
•Medium to Heavy Work, lifting up to 50 pounds occasionally and up to 83 pounds on a rare basis
•Work in cramped, confined, enclosed, or awkward places
•Ride on the outside of rail equipment for long periods of time
•Walk long distances over uneven terrain
•Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/inspection
•Must meet color vision requirements as described in the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Regulations

Basic Competencies
•Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communications--both general and technical)
•Communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions)
•Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)

Employment Conditions
•Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
•Wear protective equipment including hearing protection, safety-toe boots, or safety glasses
•Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, and various shift work, including on-call 7 days a week, 24 hours per day, with extended periods of time away from home and short rest between assignments in accordance with the hours of service regulation
•Work hours are based on seniority - new hires will work primarily nights, weekends, and holidays
•Must be able to report to work safely with two-hour notice
•Complete annual training and pass safety operating rules examination
•Federal regulations require random testing for drugs and/or alcohol

Must pass all required assessments

Must pass a background screening

•Strict disciplinary policy regarding inability to report to work within proper time frame, or failure to accept a call for work
•Advance to engineer position when required, based on seniority

This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement; membership is required

Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including drug and physical capabilities test that entails a 1.5 hour strength and cardiovascular fitness test. You will be required to travel up to 4 hours to testing center at your expense

Environmental Conditions

Work outside in all weather conditions at elevated heights up to 20 feet.

Safety Commitment

Safety is a way of life at CSX, encompassing every aspect of company operations. Guided by a policy of ensuring the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve, CSX works relentlessly to prevent accidents and injuries. Not only is it the right thing to do, but when a company puts safety first, everyone benefits: the employees and their families, the customers and the communities.

This is a safety sensitive position. The candidate selected for this position must successfully complete a full physical including a drug test. Passing results must be received prior to start date in new position. All candidates safety records will be reviewed and considered when evaluating the candidate pool.

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