Railroad Brake, Signal, & Switch Operators
Also called: Brakeman, Railroad Switchman, Terminal Carman, Trainman
In the Army: Railway Specialist (USAR only)
In the Marine Corps: Railway Specialist (USAR only)
What they do: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.
On the job, you would:
- Signal locomotive engineers to start or stop trains when coupling or uncoupling cars, using hand signals, lanterns, or radio communication.
- Pull or push track switches to reroute cars.
- Observe signals from other crew members so that work activities can be coordinated.
Safety and Government
Engineering and Technology
Hand and Finger Use
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:
Expert system software
Route navigation software
Time accounting software
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