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Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

Drive locomotive or dinkey engines within a railroad yard, quarry, or construction project.

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National Data
$28.71 / hour    Read more about wages


Growth rate:  0.8%    Read more about outlook


High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Control equipment that regulates vehicle traffic.
  • Operate locomotives or other rail vehicles.
  • Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
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Job Title Examples:

Railcar Switcher
Transportation Specialist

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