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Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

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Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators

Operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.

Key Competencies
* Dependability
* Attention to Detail
* Self Control
* Stress Tolerance
* Cooperation
* Adaptability/Flexibility
* Concern for Others
* Independence
* Initiative
* Leadership

Representative Tasks
* Signal locomotive engineers to start or stop trains when coupling or uncoupling cars, using hand signals, lanterns, or radio communication.
* Pull or push track switches to reroute cars.
* Inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and handbrakes to ensure that they are securely fastened and functioning properly.

Industry
Transportation and Warehousing

Job Family
Transportation and Material Moving

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