Locomotive Engineers:

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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $56,140.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,419
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 3.52 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Oral Communication
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor railroad vehicle or equipment operation
Monitor equipment or instrument gauges and displays
Monitor variables affecting route activities
Relay traffic signals
Monitor loading processes to ensure procedural compliance
Observe track to detect obstructions

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Signal directions or warnings to coworkers
Communicate directions using railroad signals
Observe signals from other crewmembers
Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement
Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards
Perform installation, maintenance, or repair related safety inspection
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Inspect vehicle to detect malfunctions or maintenance needed
Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment

Operate locomotives, dinkey engines, or other rail vehicles
Transport cargo
Transport passengers

Getting Information

Review switching or train orders
Read operating, service, or repair manuals associated with the maintenance of electrical or mechanical equipment
Review arrival or departure schedules

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Client Base Retention
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Freight Transportation
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Welding Equipment
Safety Training

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