Profession train driver

Train drivers drive, or assist in driving, locomotive engines to transport passengers and freight.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

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  • Physical characteristics of railways

    Familiar with all physical aspects of the railway, including train stations, the incline and decline of the right-of-way and speed limits.

  • Track geometry

    Understand the 3D-geometry used for track layouts, and in the design and construction of railway infrastructure.

  • Locomotive brake applications

    Understand the dynamics of locomotive brake applications.

  • Train operating procedures

    The different practices, routines, and procedures regarding the safe operation of trains in order to prevent collisions, derailments, or unplanned exceeding of speed limits.

  • Passenger transport regulations

    Have knowledge of passenger transport conventions and regulations.


  • Tolerate sitting for long periods

    Have the patience to remain seated for long periods of time; maintain an appropriate and ergonomic posture while sitting.

  • Maintain concentration for long periods

    Stay concentrated over a long period of time in order to make correct judgements and appropriate decisions.

  • Have a high level of safety awareness

    Ensure high levels of safety awareness; use personal protection equipment; communicate with staff members and provide advice on health and safety issues.

  • Ensure maintenance of trains

    Oversee train equipment maintenance and rail security.

  • Stay alert

    Stay focused and alert at all times; react quickly in the case of unexpected events. Concentrate and do not get distracted performing a task over a long period of time.

  • Shunt outbound loads

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

  • Ensure trains run to schedule

    Ensure the timely arrival of trains at their destinations in compliance with railway schedules.

  • Adjust weight of cargo to capacity of freight transport vehicles

    Adapt weight of cargo to capacity of freight transport vehicles. Oversee the maximum load capacity of the vehicle in question and the weight of each individual crate in the shipment.

  • Shunt rolling stock in marshalling yards

    Shunt rolling stock to form trains in marshalling yards.

  • Ensure safe arrival of trains

    Ensure safe arrival of trains at their destinations. Utilise practical knowledge to signal trains on the railway network in order to ensure operations run smoothly.

  • Mark differences in colours

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

  • Focus on passengers

    Transport passengers to their destination in a safe and timely fashion. Provide appropriate customer service; inform passengers in the event of unexpected situations or other incidents.

  • Prepare freight shipment reports

    Compose and submit freight shipment reports. Include detailed information on freight conditions and freight handling; report problems if necessary.

  • Monitor train schedules

    Ensure train schedules are followed; trains should not leave the station too late or too early. Monitor and regulate train dispatch and arrival in order to avoid trains arriving either too late or too early.

  • Communicate with customers

    Respond to and communicate with customers in the most efficient and appropriate manner to enable them to access the desired products or services, or any other help they may require.

  • Shunt inbound loads

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

  • Teach train driving principles

    Provide on-site trainings to trainees on how to operate and drive trains. Instruct them in theories and techniques on matters such as control panels, security signs, security measures, and procedures in train stations.

  • Follow signalling instructions

    Follow signalling instructions throughout the journey. Comprehend the technical language used by signallers and adhere to instructions given by them.

  • Control train movement

    Control acceleration, braking, and overall operation of train in motion.

  • Handle stressful situations

    Deal with and manage highly stressful situations in the workplace by following adequate procedures, communicating in a quiet and effective manner, and remaining level-headed when taking decisions.

  • Check train engines

    Ensure that train engines comply with regulations before commencing a journey.

Optional knowledge and skills

show confidence use mathematical tools and equipment work in a rail transport team listen actively freight transport methods maintain updated professional knowledge react calmly in stressful situations observe freight shipment loaders act reliably mechanics of trains relay messages through radio and telephone systems have computer literacy customs regulations for passengers perform services in a flexible manner analyse reports provided by passengers perform ict troubleshooting

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