Houston- Conductor
Summary
Title:Houston- Conductor
ID:Houston04
Department:Field
Job Category:Transportation
Job Type:Non-exempt (hourly)
Salary Range:DOE
Description
Summary:    Operates track switches, couples and uncouples cars and performs other duties associated with the movement of trains, cars and engines in rail yards and on the main railroad. Receives, relays or acts upon oral, written or radio instructions from dispatcher, yardmaster, or other personnel indicating the switch movement, placement or delivery of railroad cars and/or a train.
Typical Duties:
Typical duties will include but not be limited to the preparation and/or modification of the following:
 
  • Responsible to perform safety inspections of locomotives and railcars.
 
  • Works with Locomotive Engineer with adding/supplying fuel, water, oil and sand to locomotive.
 
Essential Functions:
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
 
  • Conducts the movement of rail cars and train movements; signals crew member(s) for movement of the engine or train using lantern, hand and/or flag signals or radio to indicate when to start, stop, back-up or set or release air brakes.
 
  • Responsible to perform safety inspections of locomotives and railcars.
  • Observes, interprets and relays arm, lantern or radio signals and all other indications affecting movement of a train.
  • Operates track switches (visually checks switch condition and direction) to change the direction of the engine or cars within yard limits or on the main railroad; may apply or release hand brakes to switch or perform other duties.
 
  • Works with Locomotive Engineer with adding/supplying fuel, water, oil and sand to locomotive.
 
  • Must be able to ascertain nature of mechanical failures to locomotive and/or railcars and make necessary repairs.
 
  • Must be able to make repairs or adjustments to equipment in order to maintain operation of locomotive and/or railcars.
 
  • Must be able to replace knuckles in couplers requiring use of tools and physical exertion.
 
  • Uncouples loaded cars at their destination or uncouples and distributes empty cars to siding or to loading areas.
 
  • Moves switches to route cars and signals Locomotive Engineer to start or stop cars.
 
  • Must be able to operate railcar handbrakes and rail track switches.
 
  • Opens and closes doors or hatches on railcars.
 
  • Opens or closes chute gates or positions railcars on track to load or unload cars.
 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with the Locomotive Engineer through use of hand signals or two-way radio.
 
 
Supervisory Responsibilities:                                                        
 
Carries out leadership responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Based on Supervisor’s directions responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Assumes the duties of the Supervisor when required.
 
 
 
Skills and Special Requirements:
 
  • Knowledge and skills in applying FRA regulations, guidelines and rules.
  • Ability to read and comprehend safety rules, procedure and safety manuals, government regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, memos and other work-related information.
  •  Ability of effectively communicate instructions, direction, processes, procedures and safety rules and regulation to co-workers and others in written, oral or schedule form.
  • related to federal and company regulations, rules, safety guidelines and preventive maintenance.
  • Ability to talk and effectively communicate with co-workers, yard personnel, switching crew, engineers, railroad officials, and others in a clear concise, courteous, efficient and professional manner.
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.
  • Ability to think and act quickly in responding to emergency and non-emergency situations.
 
Education and/or Experience:                                                      
 
 High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to six months of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
                               
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s driver license and have the willingness to use personal and/or company vehicle in the course of employment. Must possess Safety training/certification as required by customers to work in their facilities and as required by TGS at all TGS locations.
 
 
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
 
 
Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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