Switchman - #8272850


Date: Sep 28, 2021
City: Prattville, AL
Contract type: Full time
Location: Prattville, Alabama (US-AL) 36067

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers. Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career. And you’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work. In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits that include health insurance and a company-match 401(k) plan. Come to Watco and join a team where you’ll leave each day knowing you’ve made a difference.

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.

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