NEW Hire Bonus Freight Conductor - W Springfield, MA

CSX West Springfield , MA 01089

Posted 2 months 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.

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New hire conductors will be eligible to receive retention bonuses after the 1st and 2nd employment anniversary dates. The minimum amount to expect is $3000 after 1 year, and $2000 after year 2, but may be greater based on work location and is subject to the terms of the retention bonus.

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

  • 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 NMAD

  • Training rate while in Atlanta $991.20 weekly

  • OJT Training Rate $1,189.44 weekly

  • After OJT, guaranteed extraboard pay of $1,118.20 weekly

  • $67,000 average first year earnings including training. After training first year conductor average $78k and 5% progression rate per year to achieve full rate within 5 years per the applicable collective bargaining agreement.


You will attend four weeks of training at the Atlanta Training Center (ATC) in Atlanta, GA. CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals. You will complete an additional 6-15 weeks of on-the-job training at your assigned location.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 years of age or older

  • One year verifiable work experience

  • High School Diploma/GED NOT required

  • Ability to read and comprehend all instructions including operating rules, bulletins, regulatory documents and other written communications

  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills

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 80 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 safely report to work within two hours of being notified to report in

  • 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

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