Train conductors are responsible for safe and efficient train movements. They communicate with the rail traffic control centre and track maintenance team and submit requests for authorizations and permissions before authorizing a locomotive engineer to move. They plan the handling of freight cars and direct locomotive engineers to move freight cars on the track. They are responsible for the movement of each train in compliance with the rules, and for settling problems that occur during the trip, such as the repair of train components or the inspection of brakes or obstacles on the track. They apply the rail regulations and order appropriate working methods. Train conductors must have radio communications skills and gestural skills to ensure the safe movement of locomotives and freight cars.
- The work schedule is often irregular.
- The work sometimes requires walking over long distances in difficult conditions (heat or cold).
- The work involves handling parts, tools and equipment of various weights.