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Rail Switchman and Locomotive Operator
Title:Rail Switchman and Locomotive Operator
Job Categories:Railroad
Regular or Temporary:Regular (employed indefinitely)
Rail Switchman and Locomotive Operator
Baytown, TX

Job Summary: Petroleum Service Corporation is seeking a Rail Switchman and Locomotive Operator at a safety-oriented petrochemical plant in Baytown, TX where we are OSHA VPP certified. The primary responsibility of a rail switchman is to safely move railcars in and around the plant by working on the ground or inside the locomotive. Experience is not always required, and paid, on-the-job-training is available. This is a regular 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: 12 hour shift (rotating days/nights/weekends/holidays)

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
  • 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 and loaded
  • Ensures there is proper track space available for inbound cars
  • Separates inbound cars and spots for loading/discharge
  • Ensures all cars that have been spotted are properly secured by setting the brake
  • Pulls and separates loaded cars ready for shipment from those that have been preloaded
  • Checks outbound cars to ensure all cars are properly connected
  • Weighs all inbound and outbound loads and empties
  • Ensures DOT certification for weight is not exceeded on outbound loads
  • Communicates with plant personnel and other workers via radio-telephones or computers to exchange switching information
  • Signals crew members for movement of engines or trains using radios and hand signals
  • Operates engines within railroad yards to couple, uncouple, or switch railroad cars.
  • Spot cars for loading and unloading at customer locations
  • Inspects engines before and after use to ensure proper operation
  • Applies and releases hand brakes
  • Reads switching instructions and daily car schedules to determine work to be performed, or receive orders from yard conductors
  • Any other duties that may be assigned to complete the assigned task
Job Qualifications:
  • 6 months + experience working around railroad operations is a plus, but not required
  • 1 or more years’ experience in a chemical plant, industrial or manufacturing work environment is a plus, but not required
  • 1 or more years' experience operating heavy equipment machinery is a plus, but not required
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • 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 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
  • Walk three to ten miles per day
  • Stand four to eight hours per day
  • 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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