Transnet: Train Assistant Traineeship Recruitment

Posted on :

25 Sep, 2014

Category :

Trainee Jobs in South Africa

Location: Saldanha
Ref: 50005318

To assist the Train Driver in the movement of the train, shunt the train and to convey information to the client centre enroute to enhance the safe, fast movement of commodities.



Obtain and place equipment on train (plus minus 15 kg)
Check and supplement prescribed equipment i.e. pantograph hook stick (plus minus 5 kg), jumper cables (plus minus 10 kg) etc.
Coupled locomotives (multiple set) through air and vacuum hoses, jumper cable and ensure correct functioning of automatic coupler between locomotives
Despatch locomotives, operating hand operated points
Attach and/or detach vehicles according to works order in absence of yard personnel (Equivalent of 45 kg)
Mount telemeters (where necessary) i.e. mount (front unit = 5.17 kg) (rear unit = 8.06 kg)
Remove and carry train indicators to last vehicle and mount (side and rear indicators) (plus minus 10 kg). Required to boardvehicle to effect proper mounting
Examining of train as prescribed



Verbal exchange of signal positions
Observe proceeding trains
Patrol locomotives (walking through corridors of electric locomotives using extended foot plate and hand rails at speeds up to 40 km/h; walking on running board of diesel locomotives and stepping over to another locomotive at speeds up to 40 km/h;manual operating of circuit breakers while locomotive is in motion)
Protect train during incidents, accidents etc.
Be prepared to walk relatively long distances to check train loads (day and night)
(Determine status of train, placing and securing of detonators on rail, displaying hand signals day and night, walking on uneven ground, ability to withstand natural elements)
Assistance to Train Driver during emergencies (in event of Driver failure to bring train to standstill; walking long distances to report position, and requirements)
Attach/detach trucks as per works-order (manual application of equipment; standing of vehicle walking alongside movingvehicles)



Obtain radios/handsets/two way communication radios/telemeters when applicable (carrying of communication equipment and place on footplate or mount on vehicle)




Assist the Train Driver by applying hand brake
Secure as prescribed (applying hand brakes and placing of scotch blocks in front wheels)
Store tools and equipment (remove kit-box from locomotive and store away)


Qualifications & Experience

Grade 12 with Maths
At least 1,6 meters tall
Visual acuity
Physically able to lift and carry objects (be prepared to be subjected to assessment of physical abilities)



Applicants must have the potential and attributes necessary to be trained to efficiently and safely perform the tasks of a Train Assistant and to be trained as a Train Driver. Applicants must however possess the following:
Psycho motor
Depth perception
Communication (reading, written and verbal)



Safety conscious
Environmental awareness
Prepared to work overtime
Prepared to work shifts


How To Apply

Apply for the Transnet Train Assistant Traineeship Opportunity


Be prepared to work irregular hours and in adverse conditions
Successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement to work in the functional hierarchy in which they are appointed for a period of at least 3 years on successful completion of their training
This is a Safety Related and/or Safety Critical Job

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