Watco Companies L.L.C. Trainmaster - Kalamazoo, MI in MI, United States

Supervises and coordinates activities of train crew engaged in switching railroad cars within yard of railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to facilitate loading or unloading of cars or making up and breaking up of trains; and/or switches railroad cars within yard of railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to load and unload cars or to make up or break up trains in a safe and efficient manner, by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises and coordinates the activities of train crews.

  • Receives oral or written instructions from Manager or Customer indicating which cars are to be switched.

  • Notifies train crew of switching orders and, whereby, which cars are to be moved to specified locations of yard, using radio, telephone, verbal or hand signals.

  • Manage cars online through various RMI reports.

  • Must ensure daily train lists are accurate as generated by the customer service department, and accurate as completed by the train crews within his/her territory.

  • Must ensure all reporting is done accurately and timely, including daily crew work sheets and weekly operational reporting.

  • Approve all man hours under his/her area of responsibility, and forward these hours to the necessary personnel or department on a timely basis.

  • Initiate and provide an accurate, complete, and timely investigation of all accidents and incidents, including causes, remedial action, and recommended solutions.

  • Understand the quantitative factors contributing to the major costs on the railroad, and understand the extent of their effect toward financial performances.

  • Adjust locomotive consist requirements based on HP and trailing tons on a daily basis, with a goal to minimize locomotive fuel and maximize locomotive utilization.

  • Understand all outstanding track conditions within his/her territory, including slow orders, and their effect on productivity/efficiency.

  • Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.

  • Knowledge of and skills in applying basic federal railroad regulations, guidelines and rules.

  • Ability to read and comprehend written safety rules, procedure and safety manuals, government regulations, operating and maintenance instructions, memos and other work-related information.

  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and/or to apply principles of logic to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions; and/or to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems.

  • Ability to effectively communicate instructions, directions, processes, procedures, safety rules and regulations to co-workers, supervisors, and others in written, oral, diagrammatic and schedule form.

  • Ability to train switch crews and other yard personnel to perform job-related duties; and to provide training related to federal and company regulations, rules, safety guidelines and preventive maintenance.

  • Ability to make independent judgments using sound reasoning skills and knowledge base.

  • Ability to think and act quickly in responding to emergency and non-emergency situations.

  • Ability to talk to 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.

  • Performs other duties as requested or required

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

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

Education and Experience:

  • High school education or general education development (GED), and minimum of 6 months job-related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to pass training and required testing.

Certificates and Licenses:

  • Must hold, and continue to hold, a current locomotive engineers and conductor’s certification.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Frequency Scale

Strength

Work Pattern

N = Never

Sedentary

Full-time

S = Seldom (1-10 %, up to 48 min)

Light

Part-time

O = Occasional (11-33%, 48 min. – 2 hr 25 min)

Medium

Seasonal

F = Frequent (34-66%, 2 hr 26 min – 5 hr 35 min)

Heavy

10-12

Hours Per Day

C = Constant (67-100%, more than 5 hr 35 min)

Very Heavy

5

Days Per Week

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

FREQUENCY

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

N

S

O

F

C

Varies between location and circumstances

Sitting

X

Riding in locomotive or vehicle; doing paperwork

Standing

X

Waiting on engine to clear switch; directing train movements

Walking

X

Inspecting cars; Performing air tests; Positioning self in safe area

Lifting

floor – waist

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

50 lbs- Occasionally

Up to 85 lbs seldom

X

X

Lifting

waist–shoulder

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

20-40 lbs.

X

Lifting

above shoulder

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

up to 40 lbs.

X

Carry

(Dist.)

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

Up to 40 lbs.; up to 100ft.- Frequently

Up to 40 lbs.; 100 ft. to 1000 ft. - Occasional

X

X

Pushing/

Pulling

N

S

O

F

C

Minimal

20- 40 lbs

X

lbs force

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

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

Hearing/Visual:

DOT vision/hearing exam requirements

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

FREQUENCY

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

FREQUENCY

N

S

O

F

C

N

S

O

F

C

Exposure to Weather

X

Noise Intensity

X

Extreme Cold

X

Atmospheric Conditions

X

Extreme Hot

X

Exposed Heights

X

Wet and / or Humidity

X

Exposure to Electricity

X

Proximity to Moving Mechanical Parts/Equipment

X

Exposure to Toxic / Caustic Chemicals

X

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The team member is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.