Locomotive Engineers

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Operation and Control: 4.12
  • Operation Monitoring: 4
  • Monitoring: 3.75
  • Reading Comprehension: 3.5
  • Active Listening: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Critical Thinking: 3.12
  • Speaking: 3
  • Active Learning: 3
  • Learning Strategies: 3
  • Coordination: 3
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 3
  • Quality Control Analysis: 3
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3
  • Writing: 2.88
  • Time Management: 2.75
  • Mathematics: 2.62
  • Social Perceptiveness: 2.62
  • Instructing: 2.62
  • Troubleshooting: 2.62
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 2.5
  • Systems Analysis: 2.25
  • Systems Evaluation: 2.12
  • Service Orientation: 1.88
  • Negotiation: 1.75
  • Persuasion: 1.75
  • Equipment Maintenance: 1.38
  • Repairing: 1.38
  • Operations Analysis: 1.12
  • Management of Financial Resources: 0.88
  • Management of Material Resources: 0.88
  • Equipment Selection: 0.75
  • Science: 0.38
  • Technology Design: 0.25
CORE TASKS
  • Monitor gauges or meters that measure speed, amperage, battery charge, or air pressure in brake lines or in main reservoirs.
  • Observe tracks to detect obstructions.
  • Interpret train orders, signals, or railroad rules and regulations that govern the operation of locomotives.
  • Receive starting signals from conductors and use controls such as throttles or air brakes to drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas turbine-electric locomotives.
  • Confer with conductors or traffic control center personnel via radiophones to issue or receive information concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
  • Operate locomotives to transport freight or passengers between stations or to assemble or disassemble trains within rail yards.
  • Respond to emergency conditions or breakdowns, following applicable safety procedures and rules.
  • Check to ensure that brake examination tests are conducted at shunting stations.
  • Call out train signals to assistants to verify meanings.
  • Inspect locomotives to verify adequate fuel, sand, water, or other supplies before each run or to check for mechanical problems.
  • Prepare reports regarding any problems encountered, such as accidents, signaling problems, unscheduled stops, or delays.
  • Check to ensure that documentation, such as procedure manuals or logbooks, are in the driver's cab and available for staff use.
  • Inspect locomotives after runs to detect damaged or defective equipment.

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