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Locomotive Engineers
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: Locomotive Engineers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations. Monitor gauges or meters that measure speed, amperage, battery charge, or air pressure in brakelines or in main reservoirs.
 
Observe tracks to detect obstructions.
 
Interpret train orders, signals, or railroad rules and regulations that govern the operation of locomotives.
 
Receive starting signals from conductors and use controls such as throttles or air brakes to drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas turbine-electric locomotives.
 
Confer with conductors or traffic control center personnel via radiophones to issue or receive information concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
 
Operate locomotives to transport freight or passengers between stations or to assemble or disassemble trains within rail yards.
 
Respond to emergency conditions or breakdowns, following applicable safety procedures and rules.
 
Check to ensure that brake examination tests are conducted at shunting stations.
 
Call out train signals to assistants to verify meanings.
 
Inspect locomotives to verify adequate fuel, sand, water, or other supplies before each run or to check for mechanical problems.
 
Prepare reports regarding any problems encountered, such as accidents, signaling problems, unscheduled stops, or delays.
 
Check to ensure that documentation, such as procedure manuals or logbooks, are in the driver's cab and available for staff use.
 
Inspect locomotives after runs to detect damaged or defective equipment.
 
Drive diesel-electric rail-detector cars to transport rail-flaw-detecting machines over tracks.
 
Monitor train loading procedures to ensure that freight or rolling stock are loaded or unloaded without damage.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Engineers
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Engineers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
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.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Engineers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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.
 
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.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Peripheral Vision The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Engineers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Electronic train management systems ETMS Expert system software
 
Route mapping software Route navigation software
 
Time tracking software Time accounting software
 
Adjustable hand wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
 
Automatic track switching systems Rail switching systems
 
Car coupling devices Rail couplers
 
Claw hammers Hammers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Diesel freight engines Diesel freight locomotives
 
Diesel passenger engines Diesel passenger locomotives
 
Electric freight engines Electric freight locomotives
 
Electric passenger engines Electric passenger locomotives
 
Freight car air brakes Train braking systems
 
Gas-turbine-electric engines Electric freight locomotives
 
Locomotive air brakes Train braking systems
 
Manual rail switches Rail switching systems
 
On-board computers Thin client computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
 
Steam engines Steam engines
 
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Tape measures Tape measures
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Two-way end of train devices Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
 
Warning horns Vehicle horns
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Engineers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Engineers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Conductor
Diesel Engine Operator
Diesel Engineer
Diesel Locomotive Engineer
Engine Pilot
Engineman
Freight Engineer
Locomotive Engineer
Locomotive Operator
Lokie Driver
Lokie Engineer
Motor Driver
Motor Operator
Motor Runner
Motorman
Narrow Gauge Engineer
Narrow Gauge Operator
Operator
Passenger Locomotive Engineer
Pilot
Rail Car Operator
Rail Detector Car Operator
Railroad Engineer
Railroad Operating Engineer
Railway Engineer
Relay Motorman
Train Engineer
Train Operator
Trainman
Trainmaster
Transportation Specialist
Trip Motor Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Engineers
 
 
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