Railroad conductors or yardmasters are responsible for coordinating train activities on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of facilitating the delivery and unloading of different items. Some of their main responsibilities include completing railroad switching tasks on time.
They should also pay close attention to detail, in order to minimize delays during transportation. They work well with other conductors or yardmasters to facilitate communication and share important project information. One of their main duties are inspecting train engines, railroad conditions, fuel, and speed gauges before allowing trains to proceed. Railroad conductors or yardmasters should also keep accurate logs of load numbers, destinations, and tracking records for future reference. These professionals should be able to stand on their feet for long periods of time to connect air hoses, climb ladders, and perform minor repairs. They use protective gear and common tools, such as hammers and wrenches. These conductors work in a fast-paced environment and should be able to multitask with ease on different activities. Conductors or yardmasters follow strict safety procedures to prevent accidents or lose loads while moving. They work well in a team environment, but they can also perform effectively by themselves.
At least a high school diploma is usually required for this position. Conductor training is necessary for this job. Conductor and safety certifications are a plus. As a management position, years of experience is usually required.
Railroad Conductor or Yardmaster Tasks
Communicate train and rail movement or switches with crew.
Operate track switches, inspect, couple and un-couple rail cars.
Coordinate movement of trains and rail cars.
Maintain accurate, clear documentation of train movement.