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Switchman

Company: Watco Companies, Inc.
Location: Prattville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Are you looking for a career in a fast-paced environment in the most exciting industry in the world where the opportunities for growth and learning are endless?

If your answer is yes, then come be a part of the Watco team!

Not only do we offer industry leading benefits, competitive pay, vacation and 401k, we also have a top of the line training program, Watco University, to educate our team members and help them to grow their career to the next level.

Description:

Show measurable improvement toward achieving and/or exceeding the performance expectations outlined by Location Manager.The Switchman will work with crews to perform the safe switching of railcars, using locomotive power, based on customer requests. Switch crews are responsible for performing jobs efficiently and following all company and customer safety rules and completing corresponding paperwork at the end of every shift.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance
  • Follow written and verbal directions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.
  • Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment
  • Inspects locomotive before run to verify specified fuel, sand, water, and all other requirements.
  • Reads switching orders from designated person.
  • Observes radio and hand signals in yard or in cab and operates locomotive in accordance with company and customer rules and regulations.
  • Observes arm or lantern signal and moves controls to move locomotive backwards or forwards to switch and couple cars; or receives starting signal and moves control; such as throttle and air brakes to operate locomotive.
  • Talks to crew or other yard workers via radio to give or receive switching information.
  • May assist workers to throw switches or perform other activities involved when performing switching operations.
  • Turns hand brake wheel or ratchet type brake as well as apply and release handbrakes.
  • Observes track to detect obstructions.
  • Inspects locomotive after run to detect damaged or defective equipment.
  • Maintains records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched.
  • May coordinate activities of switching crew from locomotive cab, or other on-site location.
  • Raises coupling lever to couple or uncouple cars.
  • Throws track switches to facilitate shunting of cars and signals
  • Move cars, using lantern, hand signals or radio.
  • Connects air hose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying force.
  • Sits or rides in cab of locomotive to observe signals from other crew members.
  • May make minor repairs to couplings, and air hoses and report any equipment requiring major repairs.
  • Performs other duties as requested or required

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used:

  • Hammers, ratchets, chisel, pry bar, wrenches, and brushes.
  • PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, FR clothing, gloves, steel toed boots

Education and Experience:

  • High school education or general education development (GED).
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Frequency Scale

S = Seldom (1-10 %, up to 48 min)

O = Occasional (11-33%, 48 min. - 2 hr 25 min)

F = Frequent (34-66%, 2 hr 26 min - 5 hr 35 min)

C = Constant (67-100%, more than 5 hr 35 min)

N = Never

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

FREQUENCY

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

N

S

O

F

C

Varies between location and circumstances

Sitting

X

Riding in locomotive or vehicle; doing paperwork

Standing

X

Waiting on engine to clear switch; directing train movements

Walking

X

Inspecting cars; Performing air tests; Positioning self in safe area

Lifting

floor - waist

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

50 lbs- Occasionally

Up to 75 lbs seldom

X

X

Lifting

waist-shoulder

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

20-40 lbs.

X

Lifting

above shoulder

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

up to 40 lbs.

X

Carry

(Dist.)

N

S

O

F

C

lbs.

Up to 40 lbs.; up to 100ft.- Frequently

Up to 40 lbs.; 100 ft. to 1000 ft. - Occasional

X

X

Pushing/

Pulling

N

S

O

F

C

Minimal

20- 40 lbs

X

lbs force

N

S

O

F

C

Climbing

X

Climbing ladders, stairs, slopes

Balancing

X

Climbing on and off equipment, ability to withstand quick start/stop jolts

Stooping / Bending

X

Inspecting train, looking at brakes,

Twisting*

X

Pulling uncoupling levers, tying handbrakes, looking out back window at train

Squatting / Kneeling

X

Connecting air hoses, Inspecting Locomotive

Crawling

X

Foot Controls

X

Use foot controls on flat car staff brakes when applicable

N

S

O

F

C

Reaching Forward

(Level)

Below Waist

Above Shoulder

X

Reaching as a function of climbing and tying handbrakes, operating controls of locomotive

X

Connecting air hoses, uncoupling levers, picking items off the ground

X

Climbing ladders, handbrakes, operating controls over the head

Handle/Grasp

X

Switches, pin lifers, ladder rungs, ETDs, handbrakes, FRED

Fine Finger Manipulation

X

Typing or writing lists

Hand Controls

X

Arming ETD & FRED

Repetitive Motion

X

Body part:

Hands

Cycles/hr.

Vibratory Tasks

X

Operating controls, sitting within cab of locomotive, slack action

N

S

O

F

C

Talking

X

Hearing

X

Hearing/Visual:

  • Baseline vision/hearing exam requirements

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

FREQUENCY

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

FREQUENCY

N

S

O

F

C

N

S

O

F

C

Exposure to Weather

X

Noise Intensity

X

X

Extreme Cold

X

Atmospheric Conditions

X

Extreme Hot

X

Exposed Heights

X

Wet and / or Humidity

X

Exposure to Electricity

X

X

Proximity to Moving Mechanical Parts/Equipment

X

Exposure to Toxic / Caustic Chemicals

X

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The team member is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Keywords: Watco Companies, Inc., Montgomery , Switchman, Other , Prattville, Alabama

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