Bridge Tender

Job Summary 

Operate and maintain bridges to ensure the safe passage of water traffic and trains. You will begin employment as a track worker for a 60-day probationary period.  Upon successful completion of the probationary period, you should bid on the Bridge Tender position and are subject to assignment based on collective bargaining agreement requirements.
 

Primary Activities and Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Observe and receive signals from approaching vessels
  • Communicate with train dispatchers and vessel operators using two-way radio and telephone
  • Operate automatic and semi-automatic equipment to open and close bridges
  • Record time, direction, and name of vessels passing through opening
  • Document and record preventive maintenance histories
  • Inspect drawbridge, track, passing railcars and auxiliary equipment for defects and debris
  • Perform routine maintenance and repairs on bridge operating parts and equipment and prepare summaries on repairs

Pay Rate

$19.37/hour entry rate for Track Worker
$22.92/hour full rate 

Training  

You will attend three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute in Atlanta, GA.  CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals as required by collective bargaining agreement.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma/GED
  • 18 years of age or older  
  • Valid Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Construction experience with basic carpentry skills
  • Mechanical experience

Basic Competencies

  • Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communications--both general and technical)
  • Communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions)
  • Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)
  • Basic math

Physical Requirements

  • Medium work, depending on location, can lift up to 50 pounds
  • Stoop/bend/kneel/crouch/balance/climb on an occasional basis
  • Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/inspection

Employment Conditions

  • Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
  • Wear protective equipment such as fall protection, hard hat, hearing protection, safety-toe boots, or safety glasses
  • Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek, overtime, and various shift work
  • Complete annual training and pass safety and track worker rules examination
  • Must successfully pass probationary period
  • Must pass all required assessments
  • May require a post-offer medical examination, including drug and physical capabilities test
  • This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement, membership is required
  • Active employees must complete one year in current position or craft before applying for positions
  • An active or furloughed employee who changes to a new craft may be required to permanently relinquish his/her seniority in the former craft unless otherwise provided for in the applicable collective bargaining agreement or other governing agreement.  Active employees desiring to transfer or change crafts must bring a transfer form properly completed and signed by a supervisor to the hiring session.  This form along with the transfer policy can be accessed at CSX Gateway > My Work > Careers > Contract Employee Transfer Policy and Form.  Furloughed employees do not need to complete the transfer form.

Environmental Conditions

Work outside in all weather conditions at elevated heights and/or over water.
 

Safety Commitment

Safety is a way of life at CSX, encompassing every aspect of company operations. Guided by a policy of ensuring the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve, CSX works relentlessly to prevent accidents and injuries. Not only is it the right thing to do, but when a company puts safety first, everyone benefits: the employees and their families, the customers and the communities.
 
This is a safety sensitive position. The candidate selected for this position must successfully complete a full physical including a drug test. Passing results must be received prior to start date in new position. All candidates' safety records will be reviewed and considered when evaluating the candidate pool.
 

Company Profile

CSX Corporation, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, is a multi-modal freight transportation company serving customers across North America. Through its primary subsidiary, CSX operates the largest railroad in the eastern United States with operations in 23 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX also includes an integrated intermodal company which serves customers with its own truck and terminal operations as well as a dedicated domestic container fleet. Other CSX subsidiaries provide technology and real estate support to the company.  These subsidiaries combine to allow CSX to deliver efficient freight alternatives to customers in a variety of industries, including coal, chemicals, automobiles, metals, agricultural and forest products, food and consumer goods.
 
CSX Transportation is the largest company in the CSX family employing 34,000 management and union employees.  CSXT's primary focus is the operation, maintenance and management of the largest railroad in the eastern United States.
 

Closing Statement

At CSX, two of the company's core values are People Make The Difference and Safety Is A Way of Life. We are committed to offering our team members the most competitive compensation and benefits package available, unlimited opportunities for development and growth throughout an exciting and rewarding career, and the safest work environment possible.

CSX is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that supports diversity in the workplace.

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