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"Locomotive Engineer"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge

 

Job Duties and Tasks for: "Locomotive Engineer"

1) Confer with conductors or traffic control center personnel via radiophones to issue or receive information concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.

2) Inspect locomotives to verify adequate fuel, sand, water, and other supplies before each run, and to check for mechanical problems.

 

3) Interpret train orders, signals, and railroad rules and regulations that govern the operation of locomotives.

4) Monitor gauges and meters that measure speed, amperage, battery charge, and air pressure in brakelines and in main reservoirs.

5) Observe tracks to detect obstructions.

 

6) Operate locomotives to transport freight or passengers between stations, and to assemble and disassemble trains within rail yards.

7) Receive starting signals from conductors, then move controls such as throttles and air brakes to drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives.

8) Call out train signals to assistants in order to verify meanings.

9) Check to ensure that brake examination tests are conducted at shunting stations.

10) Check to ensure that documentation, including procedure manuals and logbooks, is in the driver's cab and available for staff use.

11) Drive diesel-electric rail-detector cars to transport rail-flaw-detecting machines over tracks.

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12) Inspect locomotives after runs to detect damaged or defective equipment.

13) Monitor train loading procedures to ensure that freight and rolling stock are loaded or unloaded without damage.

14) Prepare reports regarding any problems encountered, such as accidents, signaling problems, unscheduled stops, or delays.

 

15) Respond to emergency conditions or breakdowns, following applicable safety procedures and rules.

Job Description for "Locomotive Engineer" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Activities
Part 3
Skills
Part 4
Abilities
Part 5
Knowledge


"Locomotive Engineer"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  R-C-I        SOC:  53-4011.00


 

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