Yard Conductor

Supervise switch-engine crews engaged in switching railroad cars.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$32,000 – $81,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Yard Conductors do?

Supervises and coordinates activities of switch-engine crew engaged in switching railroad cars within yard of railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to facilitate loading and unloading of cars or making up and breaking up of trains: Notifies YARD ENGINEER of switching orders and, whereby, which cars are to be moved to specified locations of yard, using radio, telephone, verbal, or hand signals. Gives instructions to SWITCH TENDER to throw track switches and to YARD COUPLER to couple and uncouple cars. May keep records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched. May coordinate activities of switching crew from locomotive cab, caboose, or control tower. May assist workers to couple and uncouple cars, throw track switches, or other activities involved in switching railroad cars, as necessary. May supervise workers engaged in maintenance and repair of diesel locomotives and be designated Locomotive-Engine Supervisor.

Should I be a Yard Conductor?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Area Counselor, Dirt Contractor, Hauling Contractor, Yardmaster

    How to become a Yard Conductor

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