Railroad Brake, Signal, & Switch Operators


Operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.
Also called: Brakeman, Railroad Switchman, Terminal Carman, Trainman

Knowledge:

    Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
    Business
  • customer service
    Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
    Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
    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
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
    Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
    Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality:

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

Technology:

    Expert system software
  • Electronic train management systems ETMS
    Route navigation software
  • Route mapping software
    Time accounting software
  • Time tracking software

Education:

    high school diploma/GED
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