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Baton Rouge - Louisiana (LA), 70807

Watco Companies

Job Description:

Location : Baton Rouge , Louisiana (US-LA) 70807

Come be a part of the Watco Team!

At Watco, we believe that our Team Members are our greatest asset. Our Team Members provide service excellence to all of our Customers and create our safety always culture. We value our Team Members by providing safe service, honest and fair relationships, and consistent communication.

We offer our team members:

  • Competitive wages and career opportunities
  • 401k profit sharing
  • Full health, dental and vision benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Paid on the job training


The conductor position will be to control and coordinate the train movements while switching railcars whether in the yard of a railroad, industrial plant, or similar location to facilitate the unloading and loading of railcars in a safe and efficient manner to service our customers. This position is a manual labor position which requires that the individual become proficient in the following skills, duties, and requirements within a prescribed training and introductory period.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.

  • Follow written and verbal directions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.

  • Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.

  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment.

  • Reads switching orders from designated person.

  • Supervises and coordinates the activities of train crews.

  • Receives oral or written instructions from Manager or Customer indicating which cars are to be switched.

  • Notifies engineer of switching orders and, whereby, which cars are to be moved to specified locations of yard, using radio, telephone, verbal or hand signals.

  • Talks to crew or other yard workers via radio to give or receive switching information.

  • Confers with train dispatcher via radio to issue or receive information or instructions concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.

  • Gives instructions to throw track switches and to couple and uncouple cars.

  • May assist workers to throw switches or perform other activities involved when performing switching operations.

  • Turns hand brake wheel or ratchet type brake as well as apply and release handbrakes.

  • Observes track to detect obstructions.

  • Maintains records, number, origin, destination, and cargo of cars switched.

  • May coordinate activities of switching crew from locomotive cab, caboose, or control tower.

  • Raises coupling lever to couple or uncouple cars.

  • Throws track switches to facilitate shunting of cars and signals Engineer to move cars, using lantern, arm signals or radio.

  • Connects air hose to cars when making up trains by bending and applying force.

  • May set warning signals, such as flares, flags, lanterns, or torpedoes at front of and at rear of train during emergency stops to warn oncoming trains.

  • Sits or rides in cab of locomotive to observe signals from other crew members.

  • May make minor repairs to couplings, and air hoses and report any equipment requiring major repairs.

  • May talk to Engineer via radio to give or receive switching information.

  • Performs other duties as requested or required

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used:

  • Hammers, ratchets, chisel, pry bar, wrenches, and brushes.

  • PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, FR clothing, gloves, steel toed boots

Education and Experience:

  • High school education or general education development (GED).

  • Ability to pass training and required testing.

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