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Railway conductors and brakemen/women

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7362

Railway conductors co-ordinate and supervise the activities of passenger and freight train crew members. Brakemen check train brakes and other systems and equipment prior to train run, and assist railway conductors in activities en route. They are employed by railway transport companies.

Job Duties for Railway conductors and brakemen/women

Railway conducters
  • Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of passenger and freight train crew members (except locomotive engineers) to ensure train operations are in accordance with schedule, train orders and code of operating rules
  • Receive train orders and explain orders to brakemen/women, locomotive engineer and other crew members
  • Communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to give and receive train operation information
  • Collect fares on board passenger trains, announce approaching train stops and answer passenger enquiries
  • Prepare train run reports.
Brakemen
  • Check train systems and equipment such as air conditioning and heating systems, brakes and brake hoses prior to train run
  • Communicate with train crew members by radio, signals or by other means to aid in the movement and operation of train
  • Receive orders from traffic controllers, observe signals and track conditions and open and close track switches
  • Set and release hand brakes and connect air brake hoses to couple and switch passenger or freight cars, making minor repairs to couplings, air hoses and wheel-bearing boxes as required
  • Assist in collecting fares and helping passengers on and off train.

Working Conditions for Railway conductors and brakemen/women

Work is performed indoors and outdoors, depending on the occupation or task. Safety measures must be followed to prevent injury from tools, equipment, and vehicles in motion.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Brake Worker - Switching Yard
  • Brakeman/woman
  • Brakeman/woman - Railway
  • Brakeman/woman - Railway Yard
  • Brakeman/woman - Switching Yard
  • Conductor - Railway Yard
  • Conductor - Road Freight
  • Conductor - Switching Yard
  • Freight Train Brakeman/woman
  • Freight Train Conductor
  • Front-end Brakeman/woman
  • Head Brakeman/woman
  • Passenger Train Brakeman/woman
  • Passenger Train Conductor
  • Pullman Conductor
  • Railway Conductor
  • Road Freight Brakeman/woman
  • Sleeping Car Conductor
  • Tail-end Brakeman/woman
  • Train Conductor
  • Brakeman/woman
  • Conductor - Switching Yard
  • Freight Train Conductor
  • Front-end Brakeman/woman
  • Passenger Train Conductor
  • Railway Conductor
  • Road Freight Brakeman/woman
  • Tail-end Brakeman/woman

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