Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers:

Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary
Average Time to Fill 46 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 98
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) -2.72 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Connect hoses to equipment or machinery
Don/Doff transportation or shipping related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Control equipment that regulates vehicle traffic
Operate track switches
Couple/Uncouple railroad cars
Position material handling equipment
Connect cables or electrical lines

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor traffic conditions or signals
Monitor variables affecting route activities
Relay traffic signals
Monitor vehicle movement or location
Monitor railroad vehicle or equipment operation
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

Perform transportation or shipping 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

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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
Front End Loaders
Machine Operation
Materials Moving
Water Treatment
Hoisting Equipment

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