Railroad Conductors & Yardmasters
Also called: Conductor, Freight Conductor, Railroad Conductor, Yardmaster
What they do:Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.
On the job, you would:
- Signal engineers to begin train runs, stop trains, or change speed, using telecommunications equipment or hand signals.
- Confer with engineers regarding train routes, timetables, and cargoes, and to discuss alternative routes when there are rail defects or obstructions.
- Receive information regarding train or rail problems from dispatchers or from electronic monitoring devices.
Safety and Government
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
People and Technology Systems
Ideas and Logic
Hearing and Speech
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
You might use software like this on the job:
Industrial control software
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
Inventory management software
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
This work is part of the green economy.
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