Railway conductors and brakemen

Main duties

Railway conductors
  • Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of passenger and freight train crew members (except locomotive engineers) to ensure train operations are in accordance with schedule, train orders and code of operating rules
  • Receive train orders and explain orders to brakemen/women, locomotive engineer and other crew members
  • Communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to give and receive train operation information
  • Collect fares on board passenger trains, announce approaching train stops and answer passenger enquiries
  • Prepare train run reports.
Brakemen
  • Check train systems and equipment such as air conditioning and heating systems, brakes and brake hoses prior to train run
  • Communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to aid in the movement and operation of train
  • Receive orders from traffic controllers, observe signals and track conditions and open and close track switches
  • Set and release hand brakes and connect air brake hoses to couple and switch passenger or freight cars, making minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and wheel-bearing boxes as required
  • Assist in collecting fares and helping passengers on and off train.

Education

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Experience as a brakeman is required for conductors.
  • Experience as a railway worker is usually required for brakemen/women.
  • Railway conductors require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.
  • Brakemen require a Canadian Rail Operating Rules certificate.

Language

  • IELTS – 5 minimum.

Experience

  • Have at least two years full-time in the past five years.
Job Category: Engineering
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Canada

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