NOTE: Must have received, or be willing to receive, the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for employment. ARRC will consider accommodations for disability- and religious-based reasons.
Performs as a member of a train crew, operates track switches and derails, observes track conditions, applies/releases hand brakes and connects/disconnects air hoses and electrical connections. Assignments may be on freight trains (fuel, gravel, coal, miscellaneous freight), passenger trains, or in the rail yard. May work out of Anchorage, Seward, Whittier, Healy, or Fairbanks terminals. Employees are not guaranteed any home terminal.
To learn the trade of a Conductor/Locomotive Engineer. Once training has been successfully completed, trainees are on a career path that requires advancement to Brakeman, certified Conductor, then to a certified Locomotive Engineer (approximately two to five years, dependent on ARRC manpower needs). This is the mandatory entry point for those desiring a career as a Conductor/Locomotive Engineer. Most applicants will work on a seasonal basis (approximately May 1 - Oct 1). This is a seniority based position. Please note that training is expect to begin January 2022.
Examples of Duties:
Participates in job and safety briefings. Performs tasks involved in applying operational rules and safety practices. Participates in pre-trip "Job Briefing" reviewing all general orders, special instructions, authorities, track bulletins and notices, and in additional job briefings as situations change during the shift. Reviews bulletin board for all information pertinent to operation of train and safety information. Acts as part of a crew where communication and cooperation are critical to the safety and well-being of the crew, passengers, the general public, as well as the train. Obtains, receives, relays and/or acts upon written and verbal instructions. Observes, interprets, and relays hand, lantern, and other signals affecting movements. Delivers and picks up rail cars from customer facilities. Classifies rail cars in terminal operations. May work rail barges with extremely close clearances.
Operates various designs of track switches and derails in order to change the route of engines or cars in yards or on the road. Checks switch points to make sure switch is properly lined. Observes and monitors track conditions (i.e., broken rails, defective switches, weather-related problems).
Inspects train cars or other equipment before leaving the yard or when required. Applies and releases hand brakes. Inspects passing trains and reports results to appropriate personnel. Gets on and off equipment while train or engine is performing various types of switching activities to apply/release hand brakes or other duties. Rides moving equipment by maintaining three-points of contact with grab irons, handholds, or ladders for extended periods of time. Connects and disconnects air hoses and electrical connections. Determines the speed and clearance distance of cars.
Complies with operating rules, special instructions, airbrake and train handling rules, notices, bulletins, timetable, and special instructions. Complies with CTC and track warrant authority. Follows safety rules, regulations, instructions and security operations for the protection of passengers, personnel and property. Follows Alaska Railroad policies, procedures and practices applicable to train operations.
Acts in a positive and professional manner at all times while interacting with ARRC employees, customers, and the general public.
May be required to drive company vehicles.
Ensures compliance with all applicable FRA regulations covering, but not limited to, certification, locomotive inspections, hazardous materials, and air brake requirements.
The full position description and example of duties for this position is located under Class Specifications (enter position title in Search): https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs
High school diploma or GED required. One year verifiable work history in a paid or volunteer capacity is required Must be able to read, write, communicate and comprehend in the English language. Must be able to pass a pre-employment reading comprehension test and a physical agility demonstration. Must have a valid driver's license with a driving record that reflects no more than two violations and no DUIs within the last three years. Must have or obtain a Transportation Worker's Identification Credential (TWIC) within six months from date of hire.
Must be physically able to perform the duties of the Conductor Trainee as set forth in the Physical and Cognitive Requirements form for this position.
This position is subject to the federal Hours of Service Act and the employee is responsible for complying with all of its requirements. In addition, an employee holding a safety-sensitive position, such as this, is subject to FRA drug testing regulations (i.e. random drug testing) and ARRC Drug and Alcohol Policy.
Additional Required Information
The Alaska Railroad is hiring Conductor Trainees to learn the trade of a Conductor/Locomotive Engineer. Once training has been successfully completed, trainees are on a career path that requires advancement to Brakeman, certified Conductor, then to a certified Locomotive Engineer (approximately two to five years, dependent on ARRC manpower needs). This is the mandatory entry point for those desiring a career as a Conductor/Locomotive Engineer.
Most applicants will work on a seasonal basis (approximately May 1 - Oct 1). This is a seniority based position. The majority of new train service employees typically work on an "Extra Board" for the first several years of employment, dependent on seniority (regular assigned jobs are available but are usually occupied by senior employees). Extra Board positions have no scheduled days off or predictability as to when a call to work will be received. Employees in these positions must be available for a call to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless in a mandatory rest period following a working assignment. This position is subject to the Hours of Service Act, which requires specific hours of rest between shifts. Work schedules are irregular and are determined by business activities and the rotation of the Extra Board. Employees must have a telephone in order to be contacted for work.
Employees are subject to extensive travel requiring them to be away from home on a constant basis, depending on the needs and requirements of the Extra Board. Employees normally will have 2 hours from the time of a call to report to work. Extra Board employees are subject to work nights, weekends, and holidays. Shifts are varied around the clock and the preponderance of work is performed outdoors. Being on call is not a voluntary situation. If called or when scheduled, employees must report for work at the designated time and location. Employees may be required to be away from home for extended periods of time and then home for shorter periods of time before being called again. Employees may be force assigned to Healy, Fairbanks, Whittier, Seward, or other locations. Employees are not guaranteed any particular home terminal.
Note: Applicants should consider the long-term effects of the above lifestyle on their personal and/or domestic life.
PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE ANY REQUIRED AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS IN YOUR APPLICANT PROFILE OR RESUME.
If using work experience not already documented in your application or resume, then please provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment and whether full- or part-time. Your application and resume will be closely reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant will not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.
NOTE: If you are selected for an interview, then you MUST submit a copy of a current driving record that reflects the last three (3) years of driving history. The driving record must be dated within four months of the closing date of the job bulletin.
The State of Alaska DMV Driving Records are available online: https://online.dmv.alaska.gov/onlinedrivingrecords
Applicants may either attach a copy of their driving record to the application, or fax it to the Alaska Railroad Human Resources Department, (907) 265-2542. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
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Alaska Railroad Human Resources Department
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 107500, Anchorage, AK 99510-7500
Street Address: 327 West Ship Creek, Anchorage, AK
Fax Number: (907) 265-2542
Alaska Railroad Corporation is an equal opportunity employer
Alaska Railroad Corporation BenefitsThe following briefly describes the main benefits available to regular employees of the Alaska Railroad Corporation. Actual benefits differ by bargaining unit. Retirement PlansARRC Pension Plan – Participation is mandatory. You are automatically enrolled in the Plan when you meet the eligibility requirement of your bargaining unit. Employees contribute 9% of their Earnings on a pre-tax basis. The Railroad is exempt from participation in Social Security; however, Medicare Tax is withheld. Participants vest with 5 years of eligible Vesting Service which entitles one to receive a pension benefit at retirement age.A new tier of benefits was added for new hires in the ARW and TCU represented unions and for non-represented employees July 1, 2015.Tier 1 DescriptionNormal Retirement Age is age 62. The formula for a monthly Normal Retirement Benefit is the sum of: 2% x Final Average Earnings x all Credited Service, PLUS0.5% x Final Average Earnings x Credited Service earned after 2005 and after completing 10 years of Credited Service.(Final Average Earnings are computed from the 3 highest consecutive years of Earnings.) Tier 2 DescriptionNormal Retirement Age is age 65. The formula for a monthly Normal Retirement Benefits is 2% x Final Average Earnings x all Credited Service.Early retirement, survivor and disability benefits are available for vested participants, although the benefit levels differ for Tier 1 and Tier 2 participants.401(k) Tax Deferred Savings Plan – Participation is optional. You may enroll once you meet the eligibility requirement of your bargaining unit. Depending on the bargaining unit, there may be an employer match. 457 Deferred Compensation Plan – Participation is optional for non-represented employees. Insurance and Flexible Spending Plans All plans are optional except the RR Dental Plan for bargaining unit employees. Health Insurance PlanA comprehensive health insurance plan, self-insured by the ARRC and administered by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, with medical, prescription drug, dental, vision and hearing components. Coverage is also available for the employee's spouse and dependent children. ARRC and the participant share the premium cost. Eligibility after 90 days for bargaining unit employees, and date of hire for non-represented employees. RR National Dental: mandatory dental-only plan for bargaining unit employees (covers dependents also). Employee paid. Life Insurance: Basic, AD&D, Supplemental and Dependent Life. Employee paid. Flexible Spending Accounts: health care and dependent care. Employee paid. Paid Leave & Holidays Vacation Leave –accrual per bi-weekly pay period: Represented Employees0-3 Years of Service = 4 Hours>3-15 Years of Service = 6 Hours>15 Years of Service = 8 Hours Non-Represented Employees0-3 Years of Service = 6 Hours>3-15 Years of Service = 8 Hours>15 Years of Service = 10 Hours Sick Leave: accrues at 4 hours (Represented) or 2 hours (Non-Represented) per pay period. 10 Paid holidays For additional information regarding these benefits, please go to www.alaskarailroad.com