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Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Signal engineers to begin train runs, stop trains, or change speed, using telecommunications equipment or hand signals.
 
Receive information regarding train or rail problems from dispatchers or from electronic monitoring devices.
 
Direct and instruct workers engaged in yard activities, such as switching tracks, coupling and uncoupling cars, and routing inbound and outbound traffic.
 
Keep records of the contents and destination of each train car, and make sure that cars are added or removed at proper points on routes.
 
Operate controls to activate track switches and traffic signals.
 
Instruct workers to set warning signals in front and at rear of trains during emergency stops.
 
Direct engineers to move cars to fit planned train configurations, combining or separating cars to make up or break up trains.
 
Receive instructions from dispatchers regarding trains' routes, timetables, and cargoes.
 
Review schedules, switching orders, way bills, and shipping records to obtain cargo loading and unloading information and to plan work.
 
Confer with engineers regarding train routes, timetables, and cargoes, and to discuss alternative routes when there are rail defects or obstructions.
 
Arrange for the removal of defective cars from trains at stations or stops.
 
Inspect each car periodically during runs.
 
Observe yard traffic to determine tracks available to accommodate inbound and outbound traffic.
 
Document and prepare reports of accidents, unscheduled stops, or delays.
 
Confirm routes and destination information for freight cars.
 
Supervise and coordinate crew activities to transport freight and passengers and to provide boarding, porter, maid, and meal services to passengers.
 
Supervise workers in the inspection and maintenance of mechanical equipment to ensure efficient and safe train operation.
 
Record departure and arrival times, messages, tickets and revenue collected, and passenger accommodations and destinations.
 
Inspect freight cars for compliance with sealing procedures and record car numbers and seal numbers.
 
Collect tickets, fares, or passes from passengers.
 
Verify accuracy of timekeeping instruments with engineers to ensure trains depart on time.
 
Instruct workers to regulate air conditioning, lighting, and heating in passenger cars to ensure passengers' comfort.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Automated equipment identification AEI software Industrial control software
 
Bourque Data Systems YardMaster Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
 
Freight reservation software Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
 
Inventory tracking software Inventory management software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Positive train control PTC systems Expert system software
 
RailComm DocYard Industrial control software
 
SAIC Integrated AEI Software Industrial control software
 
Softrail AEI Automatic Yard Tracking System Industrial control software
 
Softrail AEI Rail & Road Manager Inventory management software
 
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Automatic container locks Lockout devices
 
Bridge plates Dock plates
 
Cable sheath cutters Wire or cable cutters
 
Car pullers Winches
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Intercom systems Intercom systems
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Locking ratchet wrenches Ratchets
 
Mainframe computers Mainframe computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Portable bar code scanners Bar code reader equipment
 
Portable satellite communications systems Location based messaging service platforms
 
Radio frequency identification RFID devices Radio frequency identification devices
 
Starter punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Switch adjusting wrenches Specialty wrenches
 
Switching system controls Rail switching systems
 
Terminal wrenches Specialty wrenches
 
Tie-down winches Tie down anchors
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Ultra high frequency UHF radio communication systems Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
 
Uncoupling levers Rail couplers
 
Weigh-in-motion scales Truck or rail scales
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agent
Brakeman
Car Chaser
Car Dispatcher
Car Distributor
Car Spotter
Centralized Traffic Control Operator (CTC Operator)
Conductor
Dispatch Manager
Dispatcher
Engineer
Freight Conductor
Locomotive Engineer
Motor Boss
Operations Manager
Passenger Car Conductor
Passenger Conductor
Pullman Conductor
Railroad Conductor
Railroad Dispatcher
Road Conductor
Road Freight Conductor
Roadmaster
Sleeping Car Conductor
Supervisor, Engines, Road
Switch Operators Supervisor
Switchman Supervisor
Ticket Collector
Traffic Control Operator
Train Conductor
Train Dispatcher
Trainman
Trainmaster
Trains Dispatcher Supervisor
Transportation Supervisor
Yard Conductor
Yard Manager
Yard Pilot
Yard Supervisor
Yardmaster
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
 
 
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