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Job opening: Braker-Switcher

Salary: $31 - 36 per hour
Employment Type: Full-time
About the Position: Serve as a Braker-Switcher on 120-ton diesel electric locomotives. Recruitment or Retention Incentives MAY be authorized to highly qualified applicants.


Monitor the safe movement of trains and railcars. Comply and follow railroad safety and movement regulations. Signal the locomotive engineer of braking and stopping distances in connection with coupling. Observe safety tasks with the movement of box cars containing hazardous cargo. Set out, transfer and pick up rail cars by uncoupling, setting, and releasing car brakes and air brake hoses. Select and use proper railroad signal codes and techniques to alert locomotive engineers and railroad crew members for normal and emergency conditions. Set and reset track switches when box cars are out and picked up. Perform individual switching, signaling, flagging, coupling, uncoupling, brake setting, observing and safety tasks involved in the movement of box cars containing hazardous cargo.


  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position.
  • This position has a requirement to lift up to 20 lbs. in the regular performance of duties.
  • This position is inclement weather essential.
  • This position requires the incumbent to wear protective equipment, e.g., respirators, safety glasses, etc.
  • The duties of this position meet the criteria for compliance with Federal and Department of the Army Drug Free Workplace Programs. Detection of the presence of drugs is warranted.
  • This position is subject to a pre-employment screening, and random testing thereafter, to include testing based on reasonable suspicion and testing due to direct involvement with an on-duty accident.
  • This position requires working irregular shifts.
  • This position is designated as Key.
  • In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the Key duties until relieved by proper authority. The incumbent, or the designated alternate, may be required to take part in readiness exercises.
  • This position cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively, therefore, the position is designated “key”,
  • which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened from military recall status.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. 30 Percent or More Disabled VeteransCurrent Department of Army Civilian EmployeesCurrent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Interchange AgreementDomestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel WorkforceExecutive Order (E.O.) 12721Interagency Career Transition Assistance PlanLand Management Workforce Flexibility ActMilitary Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473Modification of Term AppointmentsNon-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)Non-Department of Defense (DoD) TransferOffice of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement EligiblePeople with Disabilities, Schedule APostal Service/Peace Corps and Other Unique AuthoritiesPriority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) EligibleReinstatementVeterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998 Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision. Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of an Braker-Switcher without more than normal supervision. Ability to work with railroad tracks; pick up and set out points for locomotives. Assist with checking railroad track switches. Assist with using railroad signals to alert crew members. Assist with the pickup of train cars. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating. Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles)Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)Ability To Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)Operation of Motor VehiclesReliability and dependability as a Braker-SwitcherWork Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order) PHYSICAL EFFORT: Must use physical agility and effort in pushing, pulling, lifting, positioning and turning various braking, switching, and coupling devices; moving and lifting arms and devices to give signals; walking over rails and ties and running to perform tasks. Must be able to climb aboard locomotives and train cars, sometimes while they are moving or have slippery steps, rungs, and grab irons. Required to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds and put forth similar effort in pushing and removing obstacles from the railway. WORKING CONDITIONS: Works under many adverse conditions in both good and bad weather. Frequently exposed to loud noise, fumes and odors. Exposed to possible injuries from accidents. May wear protective clothing, such as safety shoes and gloves. Any unusual environmental working conditions that may arise will be compensated for under an appropriate category of the environmental pay regulation.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.


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