Florida East Coast Railway

  • Train Dispatcher Trainee

    Job Locations US-FL-Jacksonville
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/3/2018 3:16 PM)
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  • Overview

    Dispatches trains to ensure the safe and efficient use of personnel and equipment within assigned railroad territory.


    • Ensure compliance with all applicable Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and railroad rules, procedures, and regulations
    • Direct and coordinate railroad traffic, issue permits and authorities, monitor all rail movements and maintain computerized records of all activities
    • Know assigned territory and keep informed of changes in the physical characteristics
    • Maintain familiarity with scheduled trains, destinations, times of arrivals and departures
    • Communicate with personnel on weather or any environmental conditions affecting train movement
    • Coordinate movement of trains according to operating plan and customer needs
    • Monitor train and on-track equipment movements
    • Remotely control track switches and traffic signals and apply and remove blocking devices
    • Report alleged violations of operating rules and any irregularity relating to the movement of trains
    • Plan in advance for smooth and effective movement of priority trains, trains containing hazardous material or restricted shipments, and meets/passes to avoid unnecessary delays
    • Coordinate track usage with Engineering Department personnel
    • Other duties as assigned by manager



    • High School Diploma/GED
    • 21 years of age or older
    • Valid Driver's License
    • Five years of train dispatching experience
    • Experience with specialized computer dispatching equipment



    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, especially in transportation or logistics
    • 10 years of train dispatching experience



    • Computer Aided Dispatching Software
    • Comprehensive knowledge of train operations and operating rules
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
    • Demonstrated experience and ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and written
    • Prioritize and manage multiple issues and priorities throughout the shift
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision, manage time effectively and maintain control over multiple projects and responsibilities; follow up on all relevant issues
    • Ability to reason, compare, understand, and think rationally on the job



    • Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime and various shift work
    • The successful candidate will be required to be available for duty as needed (non-guaranteed extra board)
    • Available to report to work with two-hour advance notice
    • Occasional travel requirements, which may include overnight stays away from home
    • Work sitting for long periods of time
    • Meals eaten while working; infrequent breaks
    • Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity and ability to recognize colors


    • Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
    • Complete annual training and pass safety and operating rules examinations
    • Complete train rides quarterly for familiarization with assigned territory
    • Federal regulations require random testing for drugs and/or alcohol
    • Must pass all required assessments
    • Must pass a background screening
    • May require a post offer medical examination, including drug test and physical capabilities test
    • Work tracking train and on-track equipment movements on multiple platforms in fast-paced environment
    • Requires frequent revision in work assignments
    • This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement; membership is required
    • Active employees must complete one year in current position or craft before applying for positions


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