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Conductor Trainee *WILL TRAIN* - Fordville, ND  (Full-Time)
Location: Fordville, ND
Job Type: Conductor

Job Title: Conductor                                                                          Department: Transportation                                                                       Division: Northern Plains Railroad                      Reports to: Manager Operations                                                         Job Status: Full Time                             Schedule: Varies. On-call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week with 10-12 hours of work per day


At Northern Plains Rail Companies, the Conductor receives, relays, and/or acts upon oral or written instructions, to ensure proper placement of locomotives and cars.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities at NPRC are, but are not limited to:

• Writes and completes work orders and time slips.

• Observes, interprets, understands, recognizes and relays signals from other personnel and acts upon them to ensure proper placement of locomotives and cars.

• Provides instructions via radio or hand signals to engineer to guide motion of locomotive.

• Tends and operates track switches.

• Lite maintenance of switches and track to include snow removal, oiling, track inspection and lite repair.

• Sets and releases hand brakes.

• Operates uncoupling levers.

• Couples air system between cars.

• Visually inspects and tests air brakes.

• Knows and understands the requirements of FRA Rules and Regulations.


To perform this job successfully at NPRC, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

• Strong written and oral communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others.

• High energy and initiative.

• Problem solving/analytical skills.

• Demonstrate a commitment to safety and compliance of all AAR, FRA and NPR rules.

• May be required to operate track machinery under Track Foreman’s supervision.

• Inspect all track structures and anything likely to endanger or delay train movements.

• Make minor repairs and assist in coordinating and making emergency repairs.

• Detect and report changing track conditions.

• Certified Conductor Preferred.

Physical Demands:

NPRC may make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the physical demands listed below:

• Continuous: Balancing, bending, climbing ladders-ascend/descend, crouching, driving, hearing & vision, reaching above & below shoulder level, sitting, stairs-ascend/descend, standing, twisting, walking. Lift & carry hand tools-shovel, broom, lantern, etc. less than 10 lbs. Must be able to exert a negligible amount of force constantly. Must possess at least 20/40 in each eye with or without corrective lenses. Must be able to recognize and distinguish colors displayed by signals, signs, etc. Must possess an average hearing threshold (in the better ear) of 40db at 500HZ, 1000HZ, and 2000HZ, aided or unaided. Grasping & gripping handles, knuckles, hand brakes, hoses, handrails, controls and signals in palmar & power grip, finger dexterity and feet-foot pedals, wrist motion repetitive flexion/rotation.

• Frequent: Lift & carry backpack snow blower 20-50 lbs., other equipment. Throwing a switch. Ability to talk and hear accurately in person, via the telephone, or via two-way radio. Ability to step on and off equipment safely and work and balance from ladders to perform tasks. Ability to walk the length of trains on uneven ground and safely ride the side of railcars.

• Occasional: Kneeling, push/pull.

• Rare: Lift & carry knuckles & End-of Train Device over 50 lbs. Crawling, jogging & stooping.

• May require travel to various facilities and provide additional services.

This Job Description may change at any time declared by Management 03/2022 CV


• Continuous: Exposure to and works in hot/cold temperatures, must be able to perform manual labor in all types of harsh weather conditions outside on or near railroad tracks with most of the day spend on feet, including very hot and very cold weather, on-call, works outside, works at a height, vibration, walk on uneven or slippery surface, moving machinery & shift work, paperwork. Exposed to loud noises. Exposure to dust/smoke & fumes/odors/grease/oil. Exposed to live track/trains/high voltage/moving equipment. Must wear safety equipment required by NPR while performing duties, including safety glasses, hard hats, safety footwear, and hearing protection.

• Frequent:

• Occasional: Exposure to electrical hazards, travel required, & works in wet conditions. Interacts with public, customers, and coworkers.

• Rare: Works in cramped quarters, works inside, works alone, money handling, chemicals & toxic materials, stand on concrete.

Education and Training:

• GED or higher.

• Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems.

• Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

• Must have and maintain an insurable driving status which includes but is not limited to NPR driver provisions.

This job description is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.

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