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Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
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: Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location. Confer with conductors and other workers via radio-telephones or computers to exchange switching information.
 
Signal crew members for movement of engines or trains, using lanterns, hand signals, radios, or telephones.
 
Observe and respond to wayside and cab signals, including color light signals, position signals, torpedoes, flags, and hot box detectors.
 
Drive engines within railroad yards or other establishments to couple, uncouple, or switch railroad cars.
 
Inspect engines before and after use to ensure proper operation.
 
Apply and release hand brakes.
 
Read switching instructions and daily car schedules to determine work to be performed, or receive orders from yard conductors.
 
Inspect the condition of stationary trains, rolling stock, and equipment.
 
Observe water levels and oil, air, and steam pressure gauges in order to ensure proper operation of equipment.
 
Spot cars for loading and unloading at customer locations.
 
Inspect track for defects such as broken rails and switch malfunctions.
 
Ride on moving cars by holding onto grab irons and standing on ladder steps.
 
Operate track switches, derails, automatic switches, and retarders to change routing of train or cars.
 
Receive, relay, and act upon instructions and inquiries from train operations and customer service center personnel.
 
Couple and uncouple air hoses and electrical connections between cars.
 
Report arrival and departure times, train delays, work order completion, and time on duty.
 
Pull knuckles to open them for coupling.
 
Provide assistance in aligning drawbars, using available equipment to lift, pull, or push on the drawbars.
 
Drive locomotives to and from various stations in roundhouses to have locomotives cleaned, serviced, repaired, or supplied.
 
Record numbers of cars available, numbers of cars sent to repair stations, and types of service needed.
 
Perform routine repair and maintenance duties.
 
Operate and control dinkey engines to transport and shunt cars at industrial or mine sites.
 
Operate flatcars equipped with derricks or railcars to transport personnel or equipment.
 
Provide assistance in the installation or repair of rails and ties.
 
Operate switching diesel engines to switch railroad cars, using remote controls.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
 
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.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
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.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
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.
 
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).
 
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 
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.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
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.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
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.
 
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).
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
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.
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
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.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
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.
 
Peripheral Vision The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Car Barn Laborer
Car Mover
Car Repairman
Coal Tram Driver
Coal Trammer
Conductor
Diesel Dinkey Engineer
Diesel Dinkey Operator
Dinkey Driver
Dinkey Engine Operator
Dinkey Engineer
Dinkey Locomotive Engineer
Dinkey Locomotive Operator
Dinkey Motor Operator
Dinkey Operator
Dinkey Skinner
Dump Motor Operator
Dump Motorman
Engine Hostler
Engineer
Equipment Operator
Goat Driver
Haulage Engine Operator
Ingot Buggy Operator
Ingot Car Operator
Larriman
Larry Car Operator
Locomotive Engineer
Mine Motor Engineer
Mine Motor Operator
Rail Equipment Operator
Railcar Switcher
Railroad Engineer
Slag Motor Operator
Switch Crew Supervisor
Switchman
Train Operator
Transportation Specialist
Work Car Operator
Yard Engineer
Yard Hostler
Yard Motor Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
 
 
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