CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Locomotive Firers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Firers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Monitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run. Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to yard engineer in railroad yard. Monitor oil, temperature, and pressure gauges on dashboards to determine if engines are operating safely and efficiently.
 
Monitor trains as they go around curves to detect dragging equipment and smoking journal boxes.
 
Observe tracks from left sides of locomotives to detect obstructions on tracks.
 
Observe train signals along routes and verify their meanings for engineers.
 
Receive signals from workers in rear of train and relay that information to engineers.
 
Signal other workers to set brakes and to throw track switches when switching cars from trains to way stations.
 
Check to see that trains are equipped with supplies such as fuel, water, and sand.
 
Inspect locomotives to detect damaged or worn parts.
 
Operate locomotives in emergency situations.
 
Start diesel engines to warm engines before runs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Firers
 
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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Firers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Firers
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
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.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Firers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Firers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistant Engineer
Assistant Passenger Locomotive Engineer
Diesel Locomotive Firer
Diesel Locomotive Firer/Fireman
Dinkey Engine Firer
Dinkey Engine Firer/Fireman
Donkey Engine Firer/Fireman
Electric Locomotive Firer/Fireman
Engineer Assistant
Fireman
Firer
Locomotive Engineer
Locomotive Firer/Fireman
Passenger Locomotive Engineer
Railroad Firer
Railroad Firer/Fireman
Roundhouse Firer/Fireman
Shop Firer/Fireman
Steam Locomotive Firer/Fireman
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Railroad
Benchmark Title: Locomotive Firers
 
 
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