Is it hard to drive a train?

I am considering filling otu an application to drive for pacific national here in Australia. But honestly do not know if I meet all this requirements! Overall Purpose of the Job: Briefly state the overall purpose of the job, highlighting the functions or duties for which the position is responsible and why the position exists. The primary objective of a Trainee Locomotive Driver is to prepare, manage and operate locomotives and trains safely in the terminal and to perform all Terminal duties in accordance with the level of competency, safe-working qualifications and established Pacific National local and operational procedures and agreements. As a trainee you will progress to the classification level 12 and will inturn effectively and efficiently drive, manage and operate locomotives in the Mainline. Mainline Locomotive Drivers will need to take into account the train dynamics and environment to ensure the safe and timely transit of freight from one location to another to meet Pacific National’s customer requirements. Pacific National Locomotive drivers will be required to apply a customer service and quality focus to all its activities. Locomotive drivers work within team structures and are provided with instruction and may mentor other staff in accordance with their level of competency. Locomotive Drivers are required to be multi-skilled and expected to access and undertake training and development activities and apply competencies across a range of duties. Communications/interaction is required between drivers and other Pacific National teams working various shifts to ensure effective operations. Key Accountabilities: Action statements identifying the key priorities / deliverables required for the role to contribute to business success. In order to operate and manage train movements to meet the requirements of customers and the business, the Locomotive Driver Level 3 will be responsible for: •Ensure the safe, economical and efficient operation of motive power unit(s) by preparing, cleaning, starting, operating, monitoring, shutting down and stabling the unit(s) in accordance with operational procedures. •Ensure the safe, economical, efficient and timely movement of freight from one location to another by the application of train management techniques, conducting marshalling and shunting operations and observing timetable schedules. •Ensure rail safety workers who are associated with the train being worked by the driver have applied the core safe working and operational procedures by observation and validation to the required standards •Ensure the identification, response and corrective action to emergency and dangerous situations by the appropriate application of skills, experience and training, certification, self development and task familiarisation •Ensure vigilance is maintained, signal indications are observed, their meaning comprehended and the required behaviour is applied to meet operational standards •Ensure contribution to the commercial viability of Pacific National by effective communication, team participation, quality of service delivery, compliance with organisational policies and legislation and in the planning of personal work activities. •Ensure the appropriate operational status and usage of property, assets and equipment (such as radios, motor vehicles, safety equipment, office facilities etc) by effective maintenance and care to maintain reliable service delivery. •Ensure that rolling stock, including braking systems, are in a fit and serviceable condition by conducting examinations and minor maintenance, and where appropriate, identifying and rectifying minor faults and failures and communicating with relevant personnel, to operational standards. •Achieve specific corridor fuel targets (litres per GTK), implementing fuel saving strategies by monitoring train performance and utilising the locomotive fuel saving features when appropriate. •Perform driver only operations and emergency procedures •Provide on the job instruction, mentoring and monitoring to staff of all classifications to the extent of their skills and competence •Operate Pacific National motor vehicles as required. •Providing freight service advice to customers •Processing and monitoring train performance information

Asked By: - 5/14/2010
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It's a highly skilled job which although not as physically demanding as in steam days, is still mentally demanding. You will have to work unsociable hours e.g. night shift, late shift, weekends. You will almost certainly have to do lodging turns (where the job takes you away from home and you have to stay overnight... More
Answered By: squeaky guinea pig - 5/14/2010
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All u do is stay on the track and give it throttle...stupid
Answered By: Kyle - 5/14/2010
Do they have some type of apprentice program? My cousin spent many long hours and years working his way up from track and signal maintenance to locomotive engineer. After retiring from the US Navy as a prime mover mechanic, I submitted resumes to many Class 1 and 2 rail companies, only to be turned down, Keep after it... More
Answered By: Steven D - 5/14/2010
It is not hard,in the united states u have to go through a lot of train and learning the GCOR rules and work on a simulator for about 3-6 months
Answered By: carl c - 5/14/2010
not too hard. practice makes a man perfect
Answered By: Sushil - 5/14/2010
you need to be on the train crew and work your way up, you dont just send an appiction that you want to be an engineer.
Answered By: trains1917 - 5/15/2010
Answered By: Crystal - 5/15/2010
Finding customer specific requirements has long been a challenge. In fact, a survey of current automotive suppliers found that a significant number did not know where to go for the latest applicable customer specific requirements. For registrars and end users, this represents a serious problem. How can rules be... More
Answered By: Eric - 5/18/2010
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