Rail Yard Engineer Interview Questions

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Interview Question #1:

What are the main job duties and responsibilities of "rail yard engineer" employee?


Rail yard engineer responsibilities are to drive engines within railroad yards or other establishments to couple, uncouple, or switch railroad cars; confer with conductors and other workers via radiotelephones or computers to exchange switching information; apply and release hand brakes; signal crew members for movement of engines or trains, using lanterns, hand signals, radios, or telephones; observe water levels and oil, air, and steam pressure gauges to ensure proper operation of equipment; inspect engines before and after use to ensure proper operation; receive, relay, and act upon instructions and inquiries from train operations and customer service center personnel; read switching instructions and daily car schedules to determine work to be performed, or receive orders from yard conductors; couple and uncouple air hoses and electrical connections between cars; pull knuckles to open them for coupling; operate track switches, derails, automatic switches, and retarders to change routing of train or cars; spot cars for loading and unloading at customer locations; inspect the condition of stationary trains, rolling stock, and equipment; inspect track for defects such as broken rails and switch malfunctions; observe and respond to wayside and cab signals, including color light signals, position signals, torpedoes, flags, and hot box detectors; provide assistance in aligning drawbars, using available equipment to lift, pull, or push on the drawbars; report arrival and departure times, train delays, work order completion, and time on duty; ride on moving cars by holding onto grab irons and standing on ladder steps; drive locomotives to and from various stations in roundhouses to have locomotives cleaned, serviced, repaired, or supplied; perform routine repair and maintenance duties; record numbers of cars available, numbers of cars sent to repair stations, and types of service needed; operate flatcars equipped with derricks or railcars to transport personnel or equipment; provide assistance in the installation or repair of rails and ties; operate and control dinkey engines to transport and shunt cars at industrial or mine sites; operate switching diesel engines to switch railroad cars, using remote controls.

Interview Question #2:

What are the skills required from rail yard engineer employee in order to success in his work?


Controlling operations of equipment or systems, Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly, 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, Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions, Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Interview Question #3:

Describe the abilities you have in order to work with us as rail yard engineer?


I have the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem, quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions, listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences, match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness, judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

Interview Question #4:

What are the knowledge elements you obtained from your education, training and work experience would support your rail yard engineer career?


The knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits, relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions, the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar, transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems, business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Interview Question #5:

How would you describe (rail yard engineer or your) needed work style?


My work style matching exactlty what cashier job requires by: being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks, being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations, maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations, being honest and ethical, being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Other rail yard engineer interview questions to expect:

Tell about yourself and why you think you are successful rail yard engineer?

Why do you like to work as rail yard engineer?

What could you do not like to work as rail yard engineer?

What are your future steps after experience you'll gain from your rail yard engineer job?

As rail yard engineer, what training courses or extra education that you think will improve your work performance?

What salary do you expect you'll get from being rail yard engineer employee?

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