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Switchman

Watco Companies, Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Freeport, NY posted May 1, 2021.

Location: Freeport, Texas (US-TX) 77541Are you looking for a career in a fast-paced environment in the most exciting industry in the world where the opportunities for growth and learning are endless?If your answer is yes, then come be a part of the Watco team!Not only do we offer industry leading benefits, competitive pay, vacation and 401k, we also have a top of the line training program, Watco University, to educate our team members and help them to grow their career to the next level.Description:Show measurable improvement toward achieving and/or exceeding the performance expectations outlined by Location Manager.The Switchman will work with crews to perform the safe switching of railcars, using locomotive power, based on customer requests.

Switch crews are responsible for performing jobs efficiently and following all company and customer safety rules and completing corresponding paperwork at the end of every shift.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:* Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance* Follow written and verbal directions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.* Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.* Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment* Inspects locomotive before run to verify specified fuel, sand, water, and all other requirements.* Reads switching orders from designated person.* Observes radio and hand signals in yard or in cab and operates locomotive in accordance with company and customer rules and regulations.* Observes arm or lantern signal and moves controls to move locomotive backwards or forwards to switch and couple cars; or receives starting signal and moves control; such as throttle and air brakes to operate locomotive.* Talks to crew or other yard workers via radio to give or receive switching information.* May assist workers to throw switches or perform other activities involved when performing switching operations.* Turns hand brake wheel or ratchet type brake as well as apply and release handbrakes.* Observes track to detect obstructions.* Inspects locomotive after run to detect damaged or defective equipment.* Maintains records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched.* May coordinate activities of switching crew from locomotive cab, or other on-site location.* Raises coupling lever to couple or uncouple cars.* Throws track switches to facilitate shunting of cars and signals* Move cars, using lantern, hand signals or radio.* Connects air hose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying force.* Sits or rides in cab of locomotive to observe signals from other crew members.* May make minor repairs to couplings, and air hoses and report any equipment requiring major repairs.* Performs other duties as requested or requiredMachines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used:* Hammers, ratchets, chisel, pry bar, wrenches, and brushes.* PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, FR clothing, gloves, steel toed bootsEducation and Experience:* High school education or general education development (GED).* Ability to pass training and required testing.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSFrequency ScaleS = Seldom (1-10 %, up to 48 min)O = Occasional (11-33%, 48 min.

– 2 hr 25 min)F = Frequent (34-66%, 2 hr 26 min
– 5 hr 35 min)C = Constant (67-100%, more than 5 hr 35 min)N = NeverPHYSICAL DEMANDSFREQUENCYACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONNSOFCVaries between location and circumstancesSittingXRiding in locomotive or vehicle; doing paperworkStandingXWaiting on engine to clear switch; directing train movementsWalkingXInspecting cars; Performing air tests; Positioning self in safe areaLiftingfloor
– waistNSOFClbs.50 lbs
– OccasionallyUp to 75 lbs seldomXXLiftingwaist-shoulderNSOFClbs.20-40 lbs.XLiftingabove shoulderNSOFClbs.up to 40 lbs.XCarry(Dist.)NSOFClbs.Up to 40 lbs.; up to 100ft.
– FrequentlyUp to 40 lbs.; 100 ft.

to 1000 ft.

– OccasionalXXPushing/PullingNSOFCMinimal20
– 40 lbsXlbs forceNSOFCClimbingXClimbing ladders, stairs, slopesBalancingXClimbing on and off equipment, ability to withstand quick start/stop joltsStooping / BendingXInspecting train, looking at brakes,Twisting*XPulling uncoupling levers, tying handbrakes, looking out back window at trainSquatting / KneelingXConnecting air hoses, Inspecting LocomotiveCrawlingXFoot ControlsXUse foot controls on flat car staff brakes when applicableNSOFCReaching Forward(Level)Below WaistAbove ShoulderXReaching as a function of climbing and tying handbrakes, operating controls of locomotiveXConnecting air hoses, uncoupling levers, picking items off the groundXClimbing ladders, handbrakes, operating controls over the headHandle/GraspXSwitches, pin lifers, ladder rungs, ETDs, handbrakes, FREDFine Finger ManipulationXTyping or writing listsHand ControlsXArming ETD & FREDRepetitive MotionXBody part:HandsCycles/hr.Vibratory TasksXOperating controls, sitting within cab of locomotive, slack actionNSOFCTalkingXHearingXHearing/Visual:* Baseline vision/hearing exam requirementsENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONSFREQUENCYENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONSFREQUENCYNSOFCNSOFCExposure to WeatherXNoise IntensityXXExtreme ColdXAtmospheric ConditionsXExtreme HotXExposed HeightsXWet and / or HumidityXExposure to ElectricityXXProximity to Moving Mechanical Parts/EquipmentXExposure to Toxic / Caustic ChemicalsXWork Environment:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

The team member is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by team members assigned to this classification.

They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.