Yard Engineer

Drive switching locomotives within yard of railroad or similar location.

What does a Yard Engineer do?

Drives switching locomotive within yard of railroad, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location to switch railroad cars for loading, unloading, and makeup or breakup of trains: Reads switching orders received from CONDUCTOR YARD. Observes traffic signals in yard or in cab and operates locomotive in accordance with railroad rules and regulations. Observes arm or lantern signals from YARD COUPLER or SWITCH TENDER and moves controls to drive locomotive backwards or forwards to switch and couple cars. May assist in cleaning and lubricating engine. May talk to CONDUCTOR YARD or other yard workers via radio-telephone to give or receive switching information. May be designated according to type of locomotive driven as Locomotive Engineer, Gasoline. May operate switching diesel engine and be designated Engineer, Remote Control, Diesel. When employed by establishment other than railroad to operate switching locomotive at industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location, may be designated Industrial-Locomotive Operator.