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Career Details :: Railroad Yard Workers
Perform a variety of activities such as coupling railcars and operating railroad track switches in railroad yard to facilitate the movement of rail cars within the yard.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Connects air hose to car, using wrench.
- Throws track switches to route cars to different sections of yard.
- Opens and closes chute gates to load and unload cars.
- Opens and closes ventilation doors.
- Signals engineer to start and stop engine.
- Receives oral or written instructions indicating which cars are to be switched and track assignments.
- Raises lever to couple and uncouple cars for makeup and breakup of trains.
- Attaches cable to cars being hoisted by cable or chain in mines, quarries, or industrial plants.
- Rides atop cars that have been shunted and turns handwheel to control speed or stop car at specified position.
- Watches for and relays traffic signals to start and stop cars during shunting, using arm or lantern.
- Crane and Tower Operators
- Hoist and Winch Operators
- Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
- Logging Tractor Operators
- Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons
General Work Activities
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Controlling Machines and Processes
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Frustrating Circumstances
- Job-Required Social Interaction