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Electrical supervisors in the Communications and Signals (C&S) division play a key role within our railroad operations team. Similar to how cars interact with traffic lights, trains operate using signals along the railway that convey movement information. Supervisors are responsible for overseeing the construction and maintenance of these signals and their related equipment. To accomplish this, a supervisor manages a team of employees across their territory that can span over 100 miles and include one or more rail yards.
Additionally, supervisors ensure other electrical railroad equipment such as railroad crossing gates, train defect detectors, equipment identification systems, and other railroad equipment is installed, inspected, and maintained. A supervisor will be responsible for a team ranging from roughly 8-15 technicians to carry out this work in a 24/7 environment.
The trainee program 32-weeks in length providing leadership training and technical growth opportunities to prepare trainees to assume the duties of a C&S officer upon completion of the program. Additionally, through on-the-job training, trainees will learn to speak the language of the railroad, including full knowledge of railroad signaling, and how to install, operate, and perform required inspections on our unique systems.
These positions can be challenging. Supervisors often work non-traditional hours and schedules, with non-traditional days off. The railroad operates 24/7 and supervisors will be required to be on call and able to respond to incidents that may happen any time during any day. Additionally, supervisors will work outdoors in all weather environments in the supervision of various projects.