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Intermodal Spareboard employees work on call and are given a minimum of 2 hours notice before their shift as they do not have a preset schedule for the week.
They normally perform the tasks of Helper / Attendant, Equipment Operator and Heavy Equipment Operator.
Successful applicants will start as Intermodal 'Spareboard' employees where they will be required to train and qualify on the duties of :
Helper / Attendant :
Performing basic hand and horn signals to guide the Heavy Equipment Operators in the performance of their dutie
Lifting, carrying, placing and removing inter-box connectors (IBCs) weighing 8 to 10 lbs
Driving pickups and hitch trucks as well as operating yard tractors
Performing various tasks to ensure the proper setup of guides on the rail cars
Equipment Operator :
Setting up rail cars, assisting heavy equipment operators in loading / unloading containers and emptying chassis / trailers to and from rail cars
Shunting inbound and outbound loads to and from railcars for inbound / outbound trains
Lifting rail car hitches
Loading reefers from carters
Connecting and disconnecting gensets (portable fossil-fuel powered generators)
Placing, removing and locking / unlocking train connectors
Ensuring proper container / trailer placement on rail cars
Driving pickup and hitch trucks, operating yard tractors, forklifts and small cranes
Performing various tasks to ensure proper placement and setup of containers and train cars.
Interpreting and completing paperwork associated with the loading / unloading of railcars and trailers
Heavy Equipment Operator :
Operating mobile cranes (primarily reach stackers’) that lift containers to and from railcars and truck chassis
Career progression :
Normal progression of training for spareboard employee is Helper / Attendant and upon successful completion of training and on-the-job experience, training usually progresses to the role of Equipment Operator, further progression of training usually moves on to Heavy Equipment Operator.
With each progression comes an increase in salary and in level of responsibility.
The work location :
Work within a specific yard
40 hours classroom
120 hours on the job training
The employee remains in this position for a minimum of three month after their hire date
Working Conditions :
Available to work on an on-call basis, 24 hours a day with a minimum of 2 hours notice
Ability to work various shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and occasional overtime
Ability to work outdoors in varying weather and environmental conditions, with heavy equipment, and exposure to dust, pollen, noise and vibrations
Frequent climbing and balancing, gripping hand-holds while working at heights of 4-8 feet (1-2 meters) off the ground
Frequent bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, performing overhead work, lifting / carrying up to 50 pounds (22 kg) and occasionally up to 70 pounds (32 kg)
Employment Requirements :
Perform duties of Helper / Attendant, Equipment Operator and Heavy Equipment Operator
This job is considered safety sensitive so you need to have a drug test
High school diploma or equivalent General Education Diploma (GED)
Lift-truck operator certification
Proficiency with shovels, rod / pry bars, sledgehammers, jackhammers, wrenches, hand / power drills, hand tools and technical instruments (meters), etc.
If experienced, use of heavy equipment such as backhoe, trencher, and directional barring machine
Proficiency in the operation of lift-truck, up to 21,000 pounds (10,000 kg) capacity
Good hand-eye coordination