Lewis Energy Group

Conductor I

Req No.


Supervises activities of train crew engaged in transporting via train by performing the following duties.


  • Ensures compliance with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns and taking appropriate action when needed.
  • Maintains an active role in safety program including attendance to all safety meetings and ensuring safe behavior of self and coworkers.
  • Carries out switching activities, which include coupling and uncoupling railcars and locomotives, climbing on ladders on railcars and locomotives, operating switches, setting hand brakes, couple and uncouple air hoses between railcars and locomotives, remove and replace broken knuckles, judge and control speed and clearance distances of railcars and locomotives.
  • Communicates with team members to control and direct switching activities locomotive movements. Observes, interprets and relays verbal and non-verbal communications: radio, phone, hand signals, lantern signals, switch target indicators, flags, and lights.
  • Hand-operates switches and derails.
  • Makes decisions about switching and spotting railcars, and making up trains. Prepares and receives verbal and written communication concerning the movement and placement of railcars.
  • Completes all written and verbal reporting in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Inspects rail equipment and track structure to ensure they are in proper working order.
  • Conducts general maintenance on locomotives and railcars (brake shoes, air hoses, oil, sand, and fuel).
  • Conducts/assists in preventative track maintenance as well as assist in conduction track repairs when required.
  • Performs general housekeeping and cleaning.

Supervisory Responsibilities:             

Directly supervises one employee in the La Salle Railway. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Basic Qualifications:

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills             
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills             
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability             
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills             
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Other Qualifications:         

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work irregular hours including nights, weekends, holidays.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain a good attitude.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


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