Job Type:Railroad
Regular or Temporary:Regular (employed indefinitely)

Railroad Railcar Switchman / Locomotive Operator

Job Summary:  Works on a two-person crew performing railcar switching inside a medium size petrochemical plant in Channahon, IL.  Daily work involves rotating duties of the railcar switchman and the locomotive operator.  Primary function is to use a locomotive to safely move railcars in, out and around the plant.  Will also be required to perform miscellaneous logistics functions, including some forklift operation.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Railcar Switchman
    • Examines track list in order to determine which cars are to be spotted, loaded, and/or shipped.
    • Proceeds to the designated track(s) in order to separate cars to be shipped, loaded as well as to ensure that there is proper track space available for inbound cars.
    • Spots any cars that may be designated for loading/discharge.
    • Ensures that all cars which have been spotted are properly secured by means of setting the brake.
    • Checks outbound cars in order to ensure that all cars are properly connected.
    • Weighs all inbound and outbound loads and empties.
    • Ensures that DOT certification for weight on outbound loads is not exceeded.
    • Perform forklift operations and any other duties that may be assigned in order to complete various logistics functions to support plant operations.
  • Locomotive Operator
    • Communicate with plant personnel and other workers via radio-telephones or computers to exchange switching information
    • Signal crew members for movement of engines or trains, using radios and hand signals.
    • Operate engines within railroad yards or other establishments to couple, uncouple, or switch railroad cars.
    • Spot cars for loading and unloading at customer locations.
    • Inspect engines before and after use to ensure proper operation.
    • Apply and release hand brakes.
    • Read switching instructions and daily car schedules to determine work to be performed, or receive orders from yard conductors.
  • Work Schedule

Skills/Qualifications:  Experience operating a locomotive and track mobile is a plus but not required. Must have the ability to speak, write, read, hear and have good vision. Must be able to work outside in environmental conditions which at times include extreme heat or extreme cold. Must be able to wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) without restriction and pass any medical examination associated with the use of said PPE. The physical requirements for a switchman include the following: Lift 50 pounds floor to waist, push and pull 50 pounds horizontally, carry 20 pounds while walking, walk 3-10 miles per day, stand 4-8 hours per day, climb stairs, climb ladders, extend arms through normal range of motion while standing and squatting, support oneself on a ladder with two feet and one arm extended for up to 5 minutes.

Minimum Job Requirements: 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; and speak fluent English.

Benefits:  Key benefits and services offered (depending on eligibility) include affordable options for medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; matching 401(k) plan; employee discounts; industry-leading training and leadership development programs; paid sick leave, vacations, and holidays; safety incentives and bonuses; and much more.

Reporting to: Plant Supervisor or Plant Superintendent, SGS PSC

Exempt or Non-Exempt: Non-exempt

Hourly or Salary: Hourly

Department/Job Function:  Operations

About Us: SGS Petroleum Service Corporation (PSC) is a growing company with a proud tradition of excellence in providing product handling, operations, and logistics support at major oil refineries, chemical plants, and storage terminals in the United States and Canada. We are leaders in tankering barges, operating docks, switching railcars, operating warehouses, and loading and unloading tank cars and tank trucks with a variety of oil products and chemicals.  We offer competitive wages, advancement opportunities, and industry-leading training and safety programs.  Our excellent benefits package helps employees and their families maintain health, save money, and prepare for the future.  At SGS PSC, we are a family-oriented company that fuels integrity, teamwork, and ambition.  Our mission is to simply be the best at what we do and be recognized as the best.

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.

SGS Petroleum Service Corporation (PSC) 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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