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Freight conductors (aka engineers): are responsible for the safe movement of trains and all employees, brakemen, and switchmen in their care. Conductors are held responsible for themselves, other crew members and their company since they organize all the work activities along a railroad route, keep manifest paperwork up-to-date and in proper order, manage employees’ hours and their own hours of service, maintain compliance to both the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and company rules and regulations, communicate with dispatchers and others, manage train movement throughout their territory and regulate the final arrival and disposition of the train.
Engineering vs. Engineering
Now, we move onto to the trade of train/railroad enginering (conductor)...
SALARY (as of Feb 2016; Source: Google search):
Position Information: (Source: BNSF)
Work Conditions: Extreme all-weather conditions; un-even surfaces; safety sensitive work environment.
Travel: Frequent. May be away from home terminal for extended periods of time.
Shifts/Hours: On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Must be able to report to work 90 minutes after notification.
Seniority District / Transfers: Seniority District transfers will not be approved until you have been employed in this position for a minimum of three years.