Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters:

Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within railroad yard, industrial plant, or similar location. Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight trains. Yardmasters review train schedules and switching orders and coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains and yard switching.

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Indiana Average Salary $55,890.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,605
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 2.77 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Oral Communication
Work Ethic
Resource Allocation
Written Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

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

Getting Information

Review switching or train orders
Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures
Read transportation or shipping related operating, service, or repair manuals
Review arrival or departure schedules

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct maintenance or repair activities
Direct passenger or freight transport activities
Direct emergency management activities
Supervise transportation, shipping, or material moving personnel

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor vehicle movement or location
Monitor railroad vehicle or equipment operation
Monitor loading processes to ensure procedural compliance
Relay traffic signals

Documenting/Recording Information

Record operational details of travel
Record transportation or material moving related production data
Prepare investigation, accident, or incident reports

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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
Freight Transportation
Handling of Crisis or Emergency Situations
Visual Displays
Over The Road
Forklift Operation
Inventory Management
Inventory Control
Rail Safety

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