About This Career Path
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.
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Projected job openings through 2024
Interpret train orders, signals, or railroad rules and regulations that govern the operation of locomotives.
Confer with conductors or traffic control center personnel via radiophones to issue or receive information concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
Receive starting signals from conductors and use controls such as throttles or air brakes to drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas turbine-electric locomotives.
Monitor gauges or meters that measure speed, amperage, battery charge, or air pressure in brakelines or in main reservoirs.
Observe tracks to detect obstructions.
Call out train signals to assistants to verify meanings.
Operate locomotives to transport freight or passengers between stations or to assemble or disassemble trains within rail yards.
Check to ensure that brake examination tests are conducted at shunting stations.
Respond to emergency conditions or breakdowns, following applicable safety procedures and rules.
Inspect locomotives to verify adequate fuel, sand, water, or other supplies before each run or to check for mechanical problems.
Common knowledge, skills & abilities needed to get a foot in the door.
Public Safety and Security
Education and Training
Customer and Personal Service
Operation and Control
Transportation, Logistics & Distribution