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SOC: 53-4031 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
Conductors coordinate activities of train crew on passenger or freight train. Coordinate activities of switch-engine crew within yard of railroad, industrial plant, or similar location. Yardmasters coordinate activities of workers engaged in railroad traffic operations, such as the makeup or breakup of trains, yard switching, and review train schedules and switching orders.
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Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Signal engineers to begin train runs, stop trains, or change speed, using telecommunications equipment or hand signals. Confer with engineers regarding train routes, timetables, and cargoes, and to discuss alternative routes when there are rail defects or obstructions. Receive information regarding train or rail problems from dispatchers or from electronic monitoring devices. Receive instructions from dispatchers regarding trains' routes, timetables, and cargoes. Direct and instruct workers engaged in yard activities, such as switching tracks, coupling and uncoupling cars, and routing inbound and outbound traffic. Operate controls to activate track switches and traffic signals. Keep records of the contents and destination of each train car, and make sure that cars are added or removed at proper points on routes. Arrange for the removal of defective cars from trains at stations or stops. Direct engineers to move cars to fit planned train configurations, combining or separating cars to make up or break up trains. Inspect each car periodically during runs. Review schedules, switching orders, way bills, and shipping records to obtain cargo loading and unloading information and to plan work. Confirm routes and destination information for freight cars. Verify accuracy of timekeeping instruments with engineers to ensure trains depart on time. Document and prepare reports of accidents, unscheduled stops, or delays.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $22.48   Entry $46,753.00
Mean $29.86   Mean $62,120.00
Experience $33.56 Experience $69,798.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
82085080.35
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53-4031.00 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters