Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers

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What do they do?

Drive switching or other locomotive or dinkey engines within railroad yard, industrial plant, quarry, construction project, or similar location.

Also known as:

Carman, Engineer, Hostler, Rail Yard Engineer, Railcar Switcher, Railroad Engineer, Switchman, Yard Engineer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (1.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (11.8%)
  • Associate's degree (10.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (36.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (37.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.6%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Monitor traffic signals.
  • Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment.
  • Operate locomotives or other rail vehicles.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Measure the level or depth of water or other liquids.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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