Railroad Brake, Signal, and 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.

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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $48,150.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 452
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) -8.56 %

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Skills Profile



Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Oral Communication
Professionalism
Customer Service
Following Directions

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Don/Doff construction, extraction, or mining related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Connect hoses to equipment or machinery
Control equipment that regulates vehicle traffic
Operate track switches
Couple/Uncouple railroad cars
Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Signal directions or warnings to coworkers
Communicate directions using railroad signals
Observe signals from other crewmembers
Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor railroad vehicle or equipment operation
Monitor equipment or instrument gauges and displays
Monitor loading processes to ensure procedural compliance
Relay traffic signals

Performing General Physical Activities

Climb ladders or vehicles to perform duties
Set flares, flags, or lanterns during emergency stops
Climb ladders, scaffolding, and structures to reach work
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Load/Unload passenger luggage or cargo

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment

Operate pneumatic tamper to patch pavement or tamp earth
Operate power or hand tools in construction, extraction, or mining environments
Operate locomotives, dinkey engines, or other rail vehicles


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