Local Candidates [affordable commute to Angleton, TX] only. U.S. Military Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Brakeman assists the Conductor in their duties, performing tasks such as lining switches, locking and unlocking derail devices, protecting train movements, applying/releasing/testing brakes (securing cars/trains), coupling/uncoupling rail cars, opening and aligning draw bars, opening/installing/carrying 80 pound coupler knuckles, connecting/disconnecting air hoses, etc.
Pre-employment process includes an interview, various aptitude tests, background check, physical capabilities test, drug [urine & hair] and alcohol screening, and a medical exam which includes color vision [color blindness] and hearing tests.
Ability to read, understand, and speak English clearly. Ability to read and transmit information via multiple media including written, radio and computer equipment. Ability to give and interpret hand signals, track flags, and signals. Excellent communication and decision-making skills. Ability to react/adapt to changing environment, and respond effectively and safely in emergency situations.
Education & Testing. High school diploma or GED is required. Must maintain a valid driver’s license. To become a certified Brakeman, trainees must pass the required certification tests.
Requirements. Required to pass company and regulatory certification requirements, periodic examinations, on-the-job training, and performance metrics. Knowledge and understanding of, and compliance with all operating rules, safety rules and safe work procedures, applicable regulatory requirements, and all company rules, policies and procedures are required.
Covid-19 Vaccination: Due to anticipated regulatory mandates and requirements, all new hired employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or legally entitled to an accommodation as a condition of employment. In some circumstances, employees may be given up to 30 calendar days after their start date to become fully vaccinated. If you accept an offer from the Company, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be approved for an accommodation prior to your start date or at a time otherwise designated by the Company. Failure to meet this qualification standard will result in the Company rescinding your offer of employment or termination of employment.
Essential Functions & Duties. The Brakeman assists the Conductor in their duties, performing tasks such as lining switches, locking and unlocking derail devices, protecting train movements, applying/releasing/testing brakes (securing cars/trains), coupling/uncoupling rail cars, opening and aligning draw bars, opening/installing/carrying 80 pound coupler knuckles, connecting/disconnecting air hoses, etc.
Responsible for safe handling of all freight carried by the train. Assists other trainmen in building trains, picking up and delivering loaded and empty cars, and switching cars. Safely climbs onto, rides, and climbs down from locomotives or cars to observe track and switches. Safely operates company vehicles and carts; conducts vehicle/cart inspections per Company policies and procedures, and services and supplies as needed.
Inspects and removes snow, ice, mud and/or debris from switches, turnouts and flangeways, and ensures the proper alignment of switch points; immediately reports any damage to track and track components to management. Inspects cars and locomotives including couplings, air hoses, air pressure, brakes, trucks, rigging, load securement, and general condition. Reports all problems or defects to the Conductor and designated managers.
The Brakeman may also perform Conductor/Remote Control Locomotive Operator duties as described herein if certified and other duties as assigned.
In addition to the above, the position is also responsible for the following:
- Must understand and consistently adhere to company rules and policies, applicable regulatory requirements, rules and procedures.
- Assists other trainmen in building trains, picking up and delivering loaded and empty cars, and switching cars.
- Inspects and removes snow, ice, mud and/or debris from track and track components such as switches and turnouts.
- Safely operates company vehicles and carts, and climbs onto, rides, and climbs down from locomotives or cars to observe track and switches.
- Displays warning signals, such as flares, flags, or lanterns, as required for potentially hazardous or emergency situations.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Work hours may be long and irregular and may include being on call and/or working nights, weekends and/or holidays. Position requires wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including, but not limited to steel-toe boots, ear and eye protection, high visibility wear, etc. Position works 90% outdoors in various temperatures and conditions. Walking on elevated surfaces, slopes, and uneven surfaces including stone ballast. Exposure to high noise level (may require shouting to communicate), moving mechanical parts, and moving rail and other heavy equipment. May be exposed to dust, fumes, gases, and various lubricants, insects, snakes, etc.
Facial coverings and social distancing are work rules.
The Company provides excellent benefits including Blue Cross Blue Shield medical/dental care PPO, FREE telemedicine, paid vacation and personal days, 401k retirement plan with company match [eligible on first day], and company paid life insurance, short term and long-term disability. Voluntary benefits include vision coverage, and supplemental life insurance.
To apply for this position, please send resumes to GCSfirstname.lastname@example.org.