Freight Conductor - Richmond VA & Newport News VA

CSX Richmond , VA 23234

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Summary

A conductor's primary responsibility is to safely coordinate train crews on a freight train, place rail cars to facilitate loading and unloading, and makeup/breakdown trains in a rail yard, customer facility or similar locations.

Primary Activities and Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with all train orders, signals, railroad and safety rules and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations

  • Be able to safely perform all job responsibilities

  • Inspect all equipment on cars prior to departures

  • Receive and transmit information by radio and telephone

  • Read and understand bulletins, work orders, and switch lists

  • Assist with the coupling and uncoupling of cars, operate switches, and make minor repairs to railcars, including replacing heavy couplings or air brake hoses

  • Work with customers to ensure accurate movement and placement of cars; delivers excellent customer service by identifying customer needs and meeting or exceeding expectations

  • Maintain awareness of surrounding area and suspicious activity to ensure rail safety

  • Operate locomotive equipment through the use of remote control device

  • Quickly and repeatedly make precise adjustments in moving the controls of a machine or vehicle to exact positions

  • Comprehend color and/or hand signals and systems

  • Review instructions from dispatchers and other transportation employees, and discuss with locomotive engineer

  • Miscellaneous activities and responsibilities as assigned by manager

Pay Rate

$43,000 average first year earnings

Payrate while training in Atlanta $728.46/weekly

OJT Training rate $874.12/weekly


You will attend three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute (REDI) in Atlanta, GA. CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals. You will complete an additional 9 - 15 weeks of on-the-job training at your assigned location.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 years of age or older

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • One year verifiable work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • One or more years of outside work exp (e.g. construction, heavy equipment op, farming,etc)
  • Experience working in a safety sensitive environment

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to mount and dismount moving equipment

  • Stoop/bend/kneel/crouch/crawl/balance/climb

  • Work in cramped, confined, enclosed, or awkward places

  • Ride on the outside of rail equipment for long periods of time

  • Walk long distances over uneven terrain

  • Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/inspection

  • Must meet color vision and hearing requirements as described in FRA Regulations

  • Frequent lifting up to 50 lbs

Basic Competencies

  • Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communications)
  • Communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions)
  • Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)

Job Requirements

  • Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries

  • Wear protective equipment such as hard hat, hearing protection, or safety-toe boots

  • Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, and various shift work

  • Work hours are based on seniority, new hires primarily work nights, weekends, and holidays

  • Must be able to report to work safely with two-hour notice

  • Complete annual training and pass safety rules examinations

  • Federal regulations require random testing for drugs and/or alcohol

  • Must pass all required assessments

  • Must pass a background screening

  • Strict disciplinary policy regarding inability to report to work within proper time frame

  • Advance to engineer position when required, based on seniority

  • This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement and membership is req.

  • Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including a drug test

Safety Commitment

Guided by a policy of ensuring the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve, CSX works relentlessly to prevent accidents and injuries. When a company puts safety first, everyone benefits: the employees and their families, the customers and the communities. In line with our commitment to safety, the applicant selected for this position may be required to successfully complete medical screenings and a background check.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Closing Statement

At CSX, two of our five Guiding Principles are Valuing and Developing Employees as well as Operating Safely. We are committed to offering our team members the most competitive compensation and benefits package available, unlimited opportunities for development and growth throughout an exciting and rewarding career, and the safest work environment possible.

CSX is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. Click here to view the EEO is Law poster. Click here to view the OFCCP pay transparency provision information.

CSX Transportation and its subsidiaries are not seeking outside assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from staffing agencies or search firms for employment or contractor opportunities. Any resumes submitted by an outside vendor to any employee at CSX via e-mail, Internet, or directly to hiring managers without a valid written search agreement in place with the Talent Acquisition / HR department will be deemed the sole property of CSX. No placement fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired as a result of the referral, or through other means.

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