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Plant Railcar Loader / Switchman
Title:Plant Railcar Loader / Switchman
Job Categories:Loader, Railroad
Regular or Temporary:Regular (employed indefinitely)
Plant Railcar Loader / Switchman
Pasadena, TX

Job Summary: Petroleum Service Corporation is seeking a Plant Railcar Loader / Switchman to join our team at a petrochemical operation in Pasadena, TX. This position is responsible for the safe and efficient loading of PVC powder into hopper railcars, rail switching and locomotive operations. Experience is a plus but not required, and paid on-the-job training is available. This is a full-time position with potential advancement opportunities. If you’re looking for a stable, long-term career in a booming industry, then consider joining the PSC family!
Work Schedule: DuPont (12-hour shift – Rotate days/nights/weekend/holidays)

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

        Loader Operations
  • Obtains the hopper railcar loading schedule and paperwork to complete daily assignments
  • Wears all protective clothing and equipment, that may be required to transfer the product in a manner that ensures maximum personal safety.
  • Cleans the hopper railcars by manually connecting hoses to flush out any remaining product and prepare for loading
  • Visually inspects the hopper railcar before transfer to check for last product contained and ensure that it is mechanically sound with no defective equipment
  • Ensures that the hopper railcar is positioned on the rail track and secured properly for the loading process
  • Connects loading arm / hose and transfers PVC powder into the hopper railcar according to procedures
  • Disconnects loading arm / hose, inspects for any leaks and completes required paperwork prior to releasing the hopper railcar.
  • Checks weight before and after product transfer to ensure that gross weight does not exceed regulations
  • Secures and labels loaded hopper railcars and completes all paperwork necessary.
        Rail Switchman Operations
  • Examines track list to determine which railcars are to be spotted, loaded, and/or shipped
  • Proceeds to the designated track(s) to separate railcars to be shipped/loaded, and ensure that there is proper track space available for inbound railcars
  • Separates inbound railcars and spots the railcar for loading/discharge
  • Ensures that all railcars, which have been spotted, are properly secured by means of setting the brake
  • Pulls and separates loaded railcars that will be shipped from those that have been preloaded
  • Checks outbound railcars to ensure that all railcars are properly connected
  • Signals rail crew members for movement of locomotive train using radio / hand signal communication
  • Operates locomotive engine within railroad yard to couple, uncouple, or switch railroad cars.
  • Communicates with site leader / supervisor on any problems as they occur.
  • Completes any other duties that may be assigned to complete the job.
Job Qualifications:
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must possess a valid TWIC card (enrollment receipt is acceptable)
  • 18 years or older and legally able to work in the U.S.
  • Stable work history with good references from past employers
  • Pass a drug screen, physical, and background check
  • Speak fluent English
  • PSC is a veteran-friendly company. Previous military experience and proven ability to follow procedures is a plus.
Physical Requirements:
You must be able to:
  • Speak, write, read, hear, and have good vision
  • Work outside in environmental conditions which at times include extreme heat or extreme cold
  • Wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) without restriction and pass any medical examination associated with the use of PPE
  • Lift 50 pounds floor to waist
  • Push and pull 50 pounds horizontally
  • Carry 20 pounds while walking
  • Climb stairs and ladders
  • Extend arms through normal range of motion while standing and squatting
Why join the PSC team?
  • As the leader in product handling and site logistics for refineries, chemical producers, and marine transportation providers, Petroleum Service Corporation offers plant jobs with great earning potential and advancement opportunities.
  • We’ve been in business since 1952 and have a strong reputation for quality service, safety, and environmental protection.
  • Our employees are our #1 asset, and we invest considerable time and resources to train them well, keep them safe, and provide them with opportunities to gain valuable industry experience.
  • The work we do makes a huge impact in our nation’s economy. Check out our videos at to learn more.
  • Hear what some of our employees have to say about working for us at
Employee Benefits:
  • A variety of medical insurance options with the company paying a portion of the premiums, as well as affordable plans for dental, vision, accident, and critical illness coverage for employees and their families
  • Company-paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Matching 401(k) plan to help employees save money for retirement
  • Holidays, sick leave, and vacation benefits vary by work group and job classification
  • As a member of the SGS global family, our employees are eligible for group purchasing discounts for new auto purchases, homeowners’ and auto insurance coverage, and cell phone service.
  • Safety incentives and bonuses
  • Industry-leading training and development programs
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Petroleum Service Corporation, an SGS company, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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