Locomotive Operator Helper

Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to Yard Engineers.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$30,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Locomotive Operator Helpers do?

Watches for and relays traffic signals from yard workers to YARD ENGINEER in railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, or other location: Reads switching orders received from CONDUCTOR, YARD or YARD ENGINEER and confirms them with YARD ENGINEER. Observes signals and traffic in yard from left side of cab in switch engine and relays information to engineer. Signals YARD COUPLER to set handbrakes on cars or to throw track switches, using arm or lantern signals.


Should I be a Locomotive Operator Helper?

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: Dinkey-Operator Helper, Locomotive Switch Operator, Track Helper

    How to Become a
    Locomotive Operator Helper

    Most Locomotive Operator Helpers 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:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%286%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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