Confer with conductors and other workers via radiotelephones or computers to exchange switching information.
Signal crew members for movement of engines or trains, using lanterns, hand signals, radios, or telephones.
Observe and respond to wayside and cab signals, including color light signals, position signals, torpedoes, flags, and hot box detectors.
Drive engines within railroad yards or other establishments to couple, uncouple, or switch railroad cars.
Inspect engines before and after use to ensure proper operation.
Apply and release hand brakes.
Read switching instructions and daily car schedules to determine work to be performed, or receive orders from yard conductors.
Inspect the condition of stationary trains, rolling stock, and equipment.
Observe water levels and oil, air, and steam pressure gauges to ensure proper operation of equipment.
Spot cars for loading and unloading at customer locations.