Trainee Train Assistant

Operating Division: Transnet Freight Rail
Position Title: Trainee Train Assistant
Employee Group : Trainee
Department : Train Crew Mng
Location : sishen
Reporting To : Section Manager: Train Traffic
Grade Level : SSTFT
Reference Number : 50018019

Assist the Train Driver in the safe and efficient driving/handling of all different types of trains/locomotive consists (airbrake,
vacuum, high speed, heavy haul and passengers) to ensure that the customers freight/cargo reaches its destination in good
condition, on time, in order to enable the organisation to satisfy the customers’ needs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Sign on duty at designated work place and be allocated duties to be performed for the duration of the shift.
  • Prepare locomotives
  • Prepare communication equipment
  • Performs the pre-trip preparation of the Locomotives and the whole Train prior the departure to adhere to roadworthiness
  • and train working rules and safety standards
  • Execute shunting activities in sidings and enroute according to directives to enhance safe working procedures
  • Assist the train driver enroute to ensure the safe movement of the train from a required point to the destination, without
  • delays or damage to locomotives, wagons, infrastructure track and other equipment, to ensure predictable service
  • Comply to safety standards and laid down instruction to ensure that he is well motivated and competent
  • Provide accurate feedback timeously to the Train Driver regarding any incidents and deviations along the route
  • Assist in performing various administration duties
  • Complete the Train journal and submit to the Section manager at sign-off after every shift to ensure timeous and accurate
  • processing of monthly salary

REQUIREMENTS

  • Grade 12 with pure Mathematics and/or Physical Science
  • Be prepared to successfully undergo Train Assistant duties (theoretical and practical) so as to be certified to work
  • independently as a Train Assistant.
  • Be prepared to undergo periodic medical surveillance and safety behavioral risk assessments during the selection process
    and every 12 months
  • Physical hearing, vision, mental, fitness (to be verified through medical tests and related safety behavioural risk assessments)
  • The operator shall not allow employees younger than 21 years of age to undertake train driver or train control duties.(SANS 3000, par 6.2.6.8)
  • The candidate should be a minimum of 1.6 meters tall
  • Psychomotor ability (to be assessed through Vienna Testing System (VTS) standard)
  • Ability to carry heavy objects

KNOWLEDGE

  • Various communication systems
  • Depot layout
  • Locomotive classes
  • Locomotive equipment
  • Route/road
  • Sections/stations and sidings
  • Signing on duty procedures
  • Train working rules
  • Trip report
  • Yard and siding layout
  • Knowledge of general TFR policies
  • Shunting procedures
  • Locomotive classes and their hauling capacities, constraints on the particular territory
  • Health and Safety Act 85
  • First aid
  • Basic conditions of employment act (BCEA)
  • SANS 3004 (Human factors)
  • HC policies and procedures
  • Train service/ITP
  • Train workings
  • Substance Abuse policy and procedures

SKILLS

  • Locomotive coupling and uncoupling
  • Locomotive preparation (Electrical and Diesel)
  • Locomotive Stabling
  • Observation
  • Shunting movement
  • Train handling skills
  • Time management
  • Stress handling
  • Assessment
  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Judgement
  • Reasoning
  • Psychomotor skills (reactions/ coordination)
  • Concentration
  • Observation
  • Spatial
  • Depth perception psychomotor
  • Numerical
  • Train / locomotive handling and preparation
  • Problem solving
  • Electrical and diesel locomotive driving

ATTRIBUTES

  • Stress handling
  • Self-management
  • Safety conscious
  • Punctual
  • Willing to work shifts
  • Results orientated

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