Locomotive Firer

Monitor locomotive instruments and watches for dragging equipment.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $76,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Locomotive Firers do?

Monitors locomotive instruments and watches for dragging equipment, obstacles on right-of-way, and train signals during run: Inventories supplies, such as fuel, water, and sand, to ensure safe, efficient operation during run. Inspects locomotive to detect damaged or worn parts. Observes oil, temperature, and pressure gauges on dashboard to ascertain if engine is operating safely and efficiently. Observes track from left side of locomotive to detect obstructions on tracks. Observes train signals along route and verifies their meaning for LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER. Observes train as it goes around curves to detect dragging equipment and smoking journal boxes. Observes signals from workers in rear of train and relays information to LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER. Signals YARD COUPLER to set handbrakes on cars and to throw track switches when switching cars from train at way stations. Operates locomotive during emergency. May start diesel engine to warm engine before run. May be designated according to kind of locomotive as Firer, Diesel Locomotive; Firer, Electric Locomotive; or according to type of traffic as Road-Freight Firer; Road-Passenger Firer.

Should I be a Locomotive Firer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Firer, Diesel Locomotive, Firer, Electric Locomotive, Locomotive Firer/Fireman, Locomotive Operator, Lokie Driver

    How to become a Locomotive Firer

    Most Locomotive Firers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2865%25%29|certificate+%2835%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,65,65
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