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Railway Operations Crewmember Details


OVERVIEW
Railway operations crewmembers are primarily responsible for supervising and operating diesel-electric locomotives and related equipment. They also serve as a crewmember or brakeman in the makeup and movement of railway cars and trains.

JOB DUTIES
  • Execute instructions received from signal towers, switches, other trains and trainmen
  • Signal with fuses, hands, flags, lamps and engine whistles
  • Perform car coupling and uncoupling operations
  • Check lashing and bracing to assure safe hauling of cargo
  • Administer lubrication orders on railway cars and make minor running repairs
  • Verify seals and seal numbers on freight cars


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 5 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Advanced Individual Training: 5 weeks

REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 92

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with privately owned national railway chains or government-operated railroad companies.