Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, & Hostlers
Also called: Conductor, Engineer, Railcar Switcher, Railroad Engineer
In the Army: Railway Section Repairer (RC)
In the Marine Corps: Railway Section Repairer (RC)
What they do:Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.
On the job, you would:
- Confer with conductors and other workers via radiotelephones or computers to exchange switching information.
- Signal crew members for movement of engines or trains, using lanterns, hand signals, radios, or telephones.
- Observe and respond to wayside and cab signals, including color light signals, position signals, torpedoes, flags, and hot box detectors.
Safety and Government
Arts and Humanities
Hand and Finger Use
Hearing and Speech
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
You might use software like this on the job:
Facilities management software
Internet browser software
Data base user interface and query software
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