About Pioneer Railcorp
We are a team dedicated to creating advantage for our customers and developing economic vitality in the communities in which we operate. We own, operate and develop critical supply chain infrastructure for industry; that promotes new economic development, community investment, and primary job creation. Over three decades we have consistently delivered unique solutions founded on extensive research, analysis, creative out-of-the-box thinking, due diligence, and collaboration. We have a proven track record of providing safe and reliable service while finding solutions and opportunity where others are not looking.
Pioneer Railcorp owns and operates 16 short-line railroads and several other railroad related businesses. Pioneer operates in 12 states and safely and effectively serves 100+ customers transporting a variety of commodities including: Agricultural Commodities, Food Products, Iron and Steel, Plastics, Chemicals, Building and Forest Products; operating over 600 miles of track. Pioneer Railcorp was founded in 1986, and acquired by BRX Transportation Holdings, LLC (“BRX”), an entity formed by Brookhaven Rail Partners, Related Infrastructure and Stephens Capital in 2019.
The Certified Train Conductor/Engineer will be located at the Keokuk Junction Railway in Keokuk, IA.
While a train conductor/engineer’s day-to-day duties and responsibilities are determined by where they work, there are many core tasks associated with the role. Based on our analysis of job listings, these include:
Load and Unload Cargo
Train conductors/engineers, particularly those who work on freight trains, oversee the loading and unloading of cargo. In some cases, they push, pull, and lift the cargo themselves.
Perform Train Movement Operations
Although train conductors/engineers do not actually operate the train, some of them perform train movement operations. They couple and separate train cars, operate track switches to direct the train’s movement, and signal the engineer to start, stop, and reverse the train.
Train conductors/engineers work with engineers and other crew members to ensure compliance with safety rules and procedures established by both the federal government and the rail company that owns and operates the train.
Train conductors/engineers must understand regulations, demonstrate common sense, and be aware of their surroundings to keep passengers, crew themselves, other team members and cargo safe. Pioneer Railcorp – Keokuk Junction Railway is looking for the following skill set:
- Knowledge of railway procedures – it’s the conductor/engineer’s job to know ticket-taking procedures and follow Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) rules and regulations related to train safety and operation
- Leadership skills – many train conductors work in a supervisory capacity; they oversee other crew members, delegate tasks, and set project goals and expectations
- Hearing ability – train conductors must listen for buzzers, alarms, and other warning signals and then respond accordingly
- Hand-eye coordination – train conductors/engineers must observe, interpret, and relay signals; this requires keen observation skills and manual dexterity
- Train conductors/engineers need a high school diploma or the equivalent.
- They typically receive on-the-job training. This often consists of a combination of classroom instruction and field training. During the training period, which lasts approximately six weeks, train conductors study FRA rules and regulations and acquire critical safety skills.
- High level of awareness associated with their day-to-day responsibilities.
- The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires train conductors to meet minimum federal safety standards. This requirement is designed to improve rail safety through the reduction of accidents and other potentially dangerous incidents. The FRA enforces this law by requiring certification for conductors who work for regional, national, and commuter railroads. Railroads provide certification programs, and train conductors receive certification by passing an FRA designed and administered test.
Job Type: Full-time
- Conductor/Engineer: 1 year (Required)
- Conductor/Engineer (Preferred)
- Evening (Preferred)
- Mid-Day (Preferred)
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Retirement plan
- Paid time off
- Monday to Friday
- Weekends required
- Day shift
- Night shift