CSX is hiring trainmasters that are unqualified. A trainmaster should at the very minimum been a conductor for at least 5 years. Being an engineer, yardmaster, and then some education would be nice. But no trainmaster should tell an employee what to do if they do not know themselves.
It is very true . Upper management has the impression ( because they do not know themselves) that anybody can do this job. I have witnessed an employee who have passed CSX written tests with 100% scores that could not couple 2 cars together . what do you think happened while trying to switch??????
If you combine new employees with unqualified managers it is a mix for disaster
In my first few years at CSX a ground man was coupled between 2 drawheads.He stayed alive for a while .His wife even came and talked to him.A tragedy.Csx is a very dangerous occupation contrary to the company statements.With deficient management safety suffers.The quality of CSX managers has dropped like a rock over the years along with their attitude toward safety.
A Manager/Trainmaster's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Develop and communicate daily tactical plan to contract employees for management of the terminal/yard and local resources to achieve the operating plan within budget.
Resolve daily resource (power, crew) issues to stay on or recover to the operating plan.
Proactively communicate customer issues and respond to service inquiries by interacting with Customer Service Operations.
Attend customer meetings with representatives from Sales and Marketing.
Develop new relationships to define service requirements.
Address service performance issues for existing customers.
Monitor attendance and disciplinary matters for contract employees.
At minimum, a Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in Logistics, Transportation, Engineering or Business. Applicants should demonstrate prior leadership and management skills, project execution, problem solving and communication skills, as well as a desire to work outdoors. Candidates must be willing to relocate. This position calls for flexibility to work weekends, holidays, swing shifts, evenings and on-call duty, as well as for the use of protective gear, including hard-hat and steel-toed boots.
First sentence I never noticed from our "newbie' TM's. NEVER. Second sentence? Have you ever been anywhere near a train yard before?
Third sentence? Kinda hard to do while you're running them off left and right.
Forth sentence, yeah right see third sentence.
Fifth? You are kidding right?
Sixth, see all of the above.
Seventh...did that like a HAWK. All they did too. We have a great guy now but the last two were rubes beyond imagination. In Nam they woulda fragged em in the first month.