Watco Companies L.L.C. Conductor/Engineer- Wolfforth, TX in Wolfforth, Texas

Location: Wolfforth, Texas (US-TX) 79382

The conductor/engineer position will be to control and coordinate the train movements 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:​

  • 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.
  • May assist workers to throw switches or perform other activities involved when performing switching operations.
  • 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.
  • Maintains records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched.
  • May coordinate activities of switching crew from locomotive cab, caboose, or control tower.
  • Raises coupling lever to couple or uncouple cars.
  • Throws track switches to facilitate shunting of cars and signals Engineer to move cars, using lantern, arm signals or radio.
  • Climbs ladder to top of car, rides atop cars, and turns hand wheel to set brakes or to control the speed of the car when it has been shunted.
  • 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.
  • May set warning signals, such as flares, flags, lanterns, or torpedoes at front of and at rear of train during emergency stops to warn oncoming trains.
  • Sits or rides in cab of locomotive to observe signals from other crew members.
  • May make minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and journal boxes, and report any equipment requiring major repairs.
  • Performs other duties as requested or required

*Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used: *

Hammers, ratchets, chisel, pry bar, wrenches, and brushes.

PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, FR clothing, gloves, steel toed boots

Requirements:

High school education or general education development (GED).

Ability to pass training and required testing.

Frequency Scale: *N* = Never, S *= Seldom (1-10 %, up to 48 min), *O = Occasional (11-33%, 48 min. – 2 hr 25 min), F = Frequent (34-66%, 2 hr 26 min – 5 hr 35 min), C = Constant (67-100%, more than 5 hr 35 min)

N

S

O

F

C

Climbing

X

Climbing ladders, stairs, slopes

Balancing

X

Climbing on and off equipment, ability to withstand quick start/stop jolts

Stooping / Bending

X

Inspecting train, looking at brakes,

Twisting*

X

X

Pulling uncoupling levers, tying handbrakes, looking out back window at train

Squatting / Kneeling

X

Connecting air hoses, Inspecting Locomotive

Crawling

X

Foot Controls

X

Use foot controls on flat car staff brakes when applicable

N

S

O

F

C

*Reaching *Forward

(Level)

Below Waist

Above Shoulder

X

Reaching as a function of climbing and tying handbrakes, operating controls of locomotive

X

Connecting air hoses, uncoupling levers, picking items off the ground

X

Climbing ladders, handbrakes, operating controls over the head

Handle/Grasp

X

Switches, pin lifers, ladder rungs, ETDs, handbrakes, FRED

Fine Finger Manipulation

X

Typing or writing lists

Hand Controls

X

Arming ETD & FRED

Repetitive Motion

X

Body part:

Hands

Cycles/hr.

Vibratory Tasks**

X

Operating controls, sitting within cab of locomotive, slack action

N

S

O

F

C

Talking

X

Hearing

X

DOT vision/hearing exam requirements