PRN - Locomotive Engineer
Transportation Technology Center, Inc.
Pueblo, CO

Transportation Technology Center, Inc., is seeking a capable, highly motivated, and experienced Locomotive Engineer to support and participate in all aspects of railroad and track testing at our 52-square-mile facility at the Transportation Technology Center.

About TTCI

TTCI is home to world-renowned experts in all facets of railway technology. Our mission is to provide highly effective and efficient railway research, testing, training, and technical support — and our people are at the heart of that mission. Every day, our team works together in a culture of respect, integrity, and family spirit to improve the future of rail. Join us!

TTCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Primary Duties

This position, based at Transportation Technology Center, Inc., in Pueblo, Colorado, requires the operation of various rail equipment vehicles such as diesel-electric locomotives, dual-mode locomotives, transit vehicles, and existing or prototype high-speed trainsets safely and efficiently. Willing and able to operate equipment to specific test requirements and specifications and provide input to test personnel and customers to meet objectives. Required to perform duties as a switchman and locomotive engineer safely and efficiently. Will be required to perform daily inspections of locomotives and rail vehicles as needed.

Individuals in this role will also be required to cross-train as an Operations Controller, Test Controller, and work in other support areas as needed. Additional support areas may include mechanical maintenance, heavy equipment operations, or other site support activities. Required to quickly learn acronyms, naming conventions and the operational and functional layout of the site.

Responsibilities include:
Perform locomotive operations, including the operation of light locomotives to very long and heavy train consists and every combination of power and cars in between
Perform switching and yard service with various equipment and cars
Efficiently and effectively operate freight and passenger locomotives and equipment as needed
Operate trains for prescribed test programs according to rigidly and specifically defined test parameters
Inspections and documentation of locomotives and train consists as necessary
Maintain accurate and timely diary and logs as required
Cross-train and provide additional support as needed

Minimum Qualifications:
5+ years of railroad certified locomotive operations, including switching and yard service experience and line-haul operations
Good understanding of locomotive and train air brake systems and train handling techniques
Light and heavy train experience with Distributed Power operations and an understanding of in-train forces
Knowledgeable and conversant with standard railroad operating and safety rules, and practices
Must be a self-starting, team player capable of working with minimal supervision with other team members
Ability to read standards, rules, directions, instructions and be able to follow them
Must be able to interpret standards, rules, directions, instructions; and data, as presented, and make decisions using common sense and sound judgement
Must demonstrate excellent attention to detail and ability to comply with all paperwork requirements
Must hold a valid driving license and maintain an acceptable driving record
Must have a demonstrably excellent safety record

Preferred Qualifications:
10+ years of railroad certified locomotive operations
Experience in mechanical trades or Heavy Equipment Operations
Operational knowledge and experience with both freight and passenger equipment
Degree or education in a technical field, trade and/or engineering field

Working Environment and Level of Physical Activity:
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • Environment: Railroad environment: exposure to noise, grease, fumes, gases, electrical energy, toxic materials, and inclement weather conditions.
  • Physical: Sufficient physical ability to perform moderate to heavy lifting (up to 50 lb.). Heavier lifting may be required, but only with proper assistance, bending, stooping, kneeling; climbing ladders and working at height; diagnosing equipment maintenance needs through listening and feeling machine surfaces; working in confined spaces.
  • Travel: Moderate travel (5 to 20 percent) may be required. Domestic and international air travel as well as over the road travel is highly likely and required when necessary.
  • Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment — ability to discern between colored wires and color wiring diagrams.
  • Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.