Job Title: Trainman Westfield, MA 
Department: Transportation
Reports To: Operations Manager

Summary: The Trainman position consists of physically intensive work required to operate a train. Trainmen are responsible for the operation of the train, placement of train cars, the makeup and breakdown of cuts of cars along track, and planning for appropriate movements of cars while optimizing efficient operation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following as well as other duties that may be assigned:

  • Subject to periodic random drug testing as regulated by federal regulations and company policy
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Participate in group discussions including unit meetings, job briefings, safety meetings or process reviews
  • Ability to throw switches to determine course of direction for the locomotive
  • Turn hand brakes wheel on rail cars to secure from movement
  • Maintain records of railcar movement
  • Communicate with team members via radio
  • Uncouple and couple railcars
  • Connect air hoses by bending and applying force
  • Climb ladders on cars, secure oneself while on ladder; Ride a moving rail car safely at speeds of up to 10 MPH
  • Spatial reasoning skills required to visualize car movements and placements to achieve optimum efficiency
  • Ensure compliance with all train signals, orders, rules, and regulations
  • May make minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and safety appliances, and report any equipment requiring major repairs.
  • Performs other duties as requested or required

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma/GED
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a pre-hire physical meeting the DOT requirements for the position
  • Passing a DOT drug test is a condition of employment
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken, including familiarity with common colloquialisms
  • Ability to calculate basic math
  • Basic computer skills, i.e understanding written instruction through emails and charts

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience outdoors (e.g. construction, heavy equipment operation, farming, landscaping)
  • At least 2 years of verifiable work experience

Physical Requirements

  • Heavy work, lifting up to 70 pounds occasionally and up to 100 pounds on a rare basis
  • Stoop/bend/kneel/crouch/balance/climb on an occasional basis
  • Walk long distance through varied terrain
  • Must meet color vision requirements set forth by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Employment Conditions

  • Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
  • Wear protective equipment such as hard hat, hearing protection, safety-toe boots, or safety glasses
  • Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, on-call and various shift work
  • Complete all training, pass safety rules and conductor certification tests
  • Advance to Engineer position through additional certification
  • Work outside through all weather conditions
  • Require random testing for drugs and/or alcohol including marijuana
  • Must pass all required assessments
  • Must pass a background screening
  • May require a post-offer medical examination, including drug and physical capabilities test

Safety Commitment:

This is a safety sensitive position requiring a well-rested and physically alert employee to keep the motoring public, oneself, and all team members safe each day. We are committed to safety. As our Value Statement states, “We provide the leadership, knowledge, training, and tools to be safe. No job is so urgent that we cannot take the time to perform it safely.” This value must be shared by any candidate in order to be considered for this role.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Basic knowledge of railroad operations
  • Inclined to working outdoors through a variety of weather conditions
  • Technical and mechanical acumen
  • Heavy duty equipment operation i.e. forklift or backhoe experience a plus although not required
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work together as a member of a team, alongside other team members daily

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