Profession rail intermodal equipment operator

Rail intermodal equipment operators assist in the loading of trailers and containers on and off railcars and chassis. They manoeuvre tractor-trailer combinations around tight corners and in and out of parking spaces. They use an on-board computer peripheral to communicate with yard management computer system and to identify railcars.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Skills

  • Perform services in a flexible manner

    Adapt service approach when circumstances change.

  • Shunt inbound loads

    Shunt inbound freight loads to and from railcars for inbound and outbound trains.

  • Analyse supply chain strategies

    Examine an organisation's planning details of production, their expected output units, quality, quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements. Provide suggestions in order to improve products, service quality and reduce costs.

  • Manoeuvre heavy trucks

    Drive, manoeuvre and park tractors, trailers and lorries on roads, around tight corners, and in parking spaces.

  • Work on uneven surfaces

    Perform work on uneven surfaces; climb ladders and execute tasks on top of railcars.

  • Handle intermodal equipment

    Handle intermodal equipment e.g. cranes, sideloaders, forklifts and hostler trucks.

  • Accommodate cargo in freight transport vehicle

    Properly position, cushion, restrain and balance cargo.

  • Understand supply chain improvements in relation to profit gains

    Interpret how the supply chain improvements will impact company profits. Intensify the improvement in those processes that will streamline the supply chain most effectively while generating most profit.

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

  • Analyse supply chain trends

    Analyse and make predictions about trends and evolutions in supply chain operations in relation to technology, efficiency systems, types of products shipped, and logistical requirements for shipments, in order to remain at the forefront of supply chain methodologies.

  • Lift heavy weights

    Lift heavy weights and apply ergonomic lifting techniques to avoid damaging the body.

  • Operate on-board computer systems

    Operate on-board computer systems in heavy trucks and vehicles; communicate with yard management computer system.

  • Ensure health, safety and security measures

    Take responsibility for health, safety and security measures in the workplace including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate. Apply health and safety standards. Adhere strictly to the site safety rules and systems and equipment operational procedures.

  • Operate cranes

    Operate cranes to move, position, lift or place machinery, equipment or other large objects at various locations.

  • Shunt outbound loads

    Shunt outbound freight loads to and from inbound and outbound trains.

  • Operate forklift

    Operate a forklift, a vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads.

  • Apply techniques for stacking goods into containers

    Apply techniques required to stack materials into containers. Use techniques to maximise the space in containers.

  • Mark differences in colours

    The ability to mark or detect differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • Climb on railcars

    Have the physical abilities to climb on and into railcars following adequate security procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

read maps tolerate stress perform manual work autonomously meet deadlines handle paperwork follow verbal instructions

Common job titles

  • Intermodal equipment operator
  • Forklift operator
  • Terminal operators
  • Terminal operator - 191885br
  • Experienced crane operators and yard jockeys
  • Equipment operators - yard jockey's needed
  • Estimator / forklift operator
  • Intermodal dispatch
  • Hostler driver
  • Safety champion