Transnet: Trainee Train Assistant

Posted on :

3 Aug, 2015

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Trainee Jobs in South Africa

To assist the Train Driver in the movement of the train and to convey information to the client center and route to enhance the safe, fast movement of commodities. Employee Group : Permanent
Department : IO-OPS-EXEC-TCM-Team 1-SLJ
Location : Saldanha
Reporting To : Section Manager (Train Traffic)

Grade Level : TFR7D2

Position outputs :

•Obtain and place equipment on train (plus minus 15kg)
•Check and supplement prescribed equipment i.e. pantograph hook stick (plus minus 5kg), jumper cables (plus minus 10kg)etc.
•Coupled locomotives(multiple set) through air and vacuum hoses, jumper cable and ensure correct functioning of automatic coupler between locomotives
•Dispatch locomotives, operating hand operated points
•Attached and/or detach vehicles according to works order in absence of yard personnel(Equivalent of 45kg )

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•Mount telemeters(where necessary ) i.e. mount (front unit =5.17kg ) (rear unit = 8.06kg )
•Remove and carry train indicators to last vehicle and mount (side and rear indicators )(plus minus 10kg) Required to board vehicle to effect proper mounting
•Examining of train as prescribed ASSISTANCE AND ROUTE
•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 40km/h; walking on running board of diesel locomotives and stepping over to another locomotive at speeds up to 40km/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 positions , and requirements)
•Attach/detach trucks as per works-order (manual application of equipment; standing of vehicle walking alongside moving vehicles )

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


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 )

Competencies :

•Applications must have the potential and attributes necessary to be trained to efficiently and safely perform the task 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

The closing date is on 05.08.2015.

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