Assistant Chief Train Dispatcher

Assign locomotives, cabooses, and crews to trains.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $59,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Assistant Chief Train Dispatchers do?

Assigns locomotives, cabooses, and crews to trains to obtain most efficient use of equipment and personnel within assigned railroad territory: Determines number of locomotives to be allocated to trains based on type of freight and number and destinations of freight cars to be moved. Assigns locomotives and cabooses to trains and schedules departure and movement of trains on specific tracks and sidings according to ultimate destination of individual freight cars. Schedules and assigns initial, replacement, or emergency crews to trains depending upon available work time of individual crews and purpose of trip. Routes locomotives scheduled for preventive maintenance to destinations in proximity to designated maintenance facility to minimize cost of transfer to service site.


Should I be an Assistant Chief Train Dispatcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Train Dispatcher, Assistant Chief

    How to Become an
    Assistant Chief Train Dispatcher

    Most Assistant Chief Train Dispatchers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9bagaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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