- High school diploma or GED
Location : Newberry , Michigan (US-MI) 49868
The locomotive engineer position will be to operate diesel-electric locomotives using throttle and brakes while switching railcars whether in the yard of a railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to facilitate the unloading and loading of railcars in a safe and efficient manner to service our customers. This position is a manual labor position which requires that the individual become proficient in the following skills, duties, and requirements within a prescribed training and introductory period.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Operates Diesel-Electric locomotive using throttle and brakes.
Monitors and maintains performance of locomotive through use of throttle and brakes, and understanding of amperage, air pressure, train make-up, track conditions, etc.
Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
Follow written and verbal directions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.
Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.
Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment
Inspects locomotive before run to verify specified fuel, sand, water, and all FRA requirements.
Reads switching orders from designated person.
Observes radio and hand signals in yard or in cab and operates locomotive in accordance with railroad rules and regulations.
Observes arm or lantern signal and moves controls to move locomotive backwards or forwards to switch and couple cars; or receives starting signal and moves control; such as throttle and air brakes to operate locomotive.
Reads and interprets wayside signals, track warrants and bulletins, and railroad rules and regulations to operate locomotive, following safety rules and regulations and time schedule.
Talks to crew or other yard workers via radio to give or receive switching information.
Confers with train dispatcher via radio to issue or receive information or instructions concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
Turns hand brake wheel or ratchet type brake and tie handbrakes.
Observes track to detect obstructions.
Inspects locomotive after run to detect damaged or defective equipment.
Connects air hose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying force.
May walk along tops of cars and peer down between them to inspect couplings, air hoses, and journal boxes.
Sits or rides in cab of locomotive to observe signals from other crew members.
Performs other duties as requested or required
Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used:
PPE; vest, safety glasses, gloves, steel toed boots
Education and Experience:
High school education or general education development (GED).
Ability to pass training and required testing.