Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, & Hostlers


Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.
Also called: Conductor, Engineer, Railcar Switcher, Railroad Engineer

Knowledge:

    Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
    Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Communications
  • telecommunications

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving
    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
    Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
    Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence

Technology:

    Facilities management software
  • Railcar inspection management software
    Internet browser software
  • Web browser software
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Railyard management software RMS

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
    some college
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