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Assistant Engineer- Freight Railroad [PHL] (PHL CLASS 21-02)

Transportation and Logistics

Qualified Train Conductor

$26.91 - $30.36




Wilmington, California, United States

Position Summary: U.S. Military Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply; military experience may provide effective experience as a substitute for previous railroad experience.

Assists in safe movement of freight trains and switching of railroad cars for various customers.

Benefits: PHL offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation and personal days, paid holidays, medical, dental and prescription drug coverage, short term disability, vision, 401[k] with company match, and life insurance. PHL pays most of the premium costs for benefits.


  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Must be able to take and pass a comprehension test administered by computer/web portal.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical exam, physical capabilities test, and alcohol/drug screen consisting of breath, urine and hair follicle testing.
  • Must have or apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), at the applicant’s expense, before commencement of training.
  • Must maintain a TWIC for continued employment at PHL.
  • Must be able to effectively comprehend and follow written and oral instructions, including safety rules and regulations.
  • Must have effective communication skills and be able to pass all required written exams.
  • Switch, deliver and pickup freight railcars at various port locations.
  • Ride sides of moving rail cars, climb ladders, operate track switches.
  • Complete documentation for hazardous materials.
  • Keep accurate records of time and work performed as required by federal regulation.
  • Use two-way radios and cell phone, and drive company vehicles.
  • Various other tasks as assigned.
Work Environment:
  • Four weeks of classroom training and eight to twelve weeks of field training.
  • The work is performed outside in all types of weather.
  • Work assignments may be scheduled at varying shifts and schedules, including weekends and holidays, within a 24/7/365 operation.
  • Environment may include fumes, dust, pollen, vibration, noise and engine exhaust.
  • Walking long distances on uneven surfaces and gravel.