PYCO Industries, Inc.

Date: 1 week ago
City: Lubbock, TX
Contract type: Full time




As a Switchman or Conductor, you are working as on-the-ground traffic control. You don't need any previous railroad experience; we provide all training. This job can lead to becoming a Locomotive Engineer. The Switchman/ Conductor is responsible for the safety of the train, the freight, and the crew. The Locomotive Engineer operates the locomotive.


As a Switchman you'll move trains safely in the yards and over the road. You'll be climbing ladders, boarding freight cars, operating track switches, inspecting cars, and using radio communications to control train movement.

You won't work a standard 40-hour work week your shift could last up to 12 hours a day. Train crews are sometimes on-call, even on weekends and holidays.

You must be at least 18 years old. You must speak and read English because you'll be asked to follow posted bulletins, regulations, rule books, timetables, switch lists, etc. You must be able to use a computer keyboard, and you must be able to count and compare numbers. (You might, for example, be asked to count the cars on a train during switching.) You must be able to solve problems quickly and react to changing conditions on the job.

You must have strong vision and hearing, including the ability to: see and read hand signals from near and far; distinguish between colors; visually judge the speed and distance of moving objects; see at night; and recognize changes in sounds.

You must also be physically strong: able to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 25 pounds frequently; up to 50 pounds occasionally; and up to 90 pounds infrequently. You'll need a good balance to regularly step on and off equipment and work from ladders to perform various tasks. You must be able to walk, sit, stand, and stoop comfortably and perform other duties as assigned.

You'll be working outdoors in all weather conditions – including snow, ice, rain, cold, and heat – and frequently at elevations more than 12 feet above the ground.


You must be at least 18 years old. You must speak and read English because you'll be asked to follow government regulations and instructions. You must be able to pass required exams and demonstrate that you can follow instructions and work safely. Daily, the essential functions of the job may require employees to climb ladders, stairs, scaffolding, and ramps; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; to reach in all directions; to stand, walk on uneven surfaces, and/or sit for extended periods; to push and pull objects with an average weight of 75 pounds to a maximum of 100 pounds; lift and carry objects with an average weight of 50 pounds to a maximum of 90 pounds; to grasp and demonstrate finger dexterity; to hear and talk to give and receive instruction and other information; to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling; to see objects at one foot to beyond 20 feet using a full field vision, full depth perception and the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors.

You will be required to pass all exams maintain required certification as required and perform other duties as assigned.

This is heavy, physical work. You must have stamina and strength and pass a physical ability test to be considered for the job. You'll be working outdoors in all weather conditions – including snow, ice, rain, cold, and heat – and may work in confined spaces.

We will conduct a thorough background investigation. This will include your Social Security number, criminal and drug history, past employment, education, professional licenses and certifications, military history, driving record, credit history, and any other information relevant to the job.

You must complete a medical history questionnaire, DOT/FRA Pre-employment drug test, and medical screening to judge whether you can perform the essential tasks of the position.

You must also be able to prove that you are a U.S. citizen or that you are authorized to work in the United States

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