All About Locomotive Firers
Example of a Locomotive Firer Job Monitor locomotive instruments and watch for dragging equipment, obstacles on rights-of-way, and train signals during run. Watch for and relay traffic signals from yard workers to yard engineer in railroad yard.
A Day in the Life of a Locomotive Firer
- Inspect locomotives to detect damaged or worn parts.
- Monitor oil, temperature, and pressure gauges on dashboards to determine if engines are operating safely and efficiently.
- Start diesel engines to warm engines before runs.
- Observe tracks from left sides of locomotives to detect obstructions on tracks.
- Receive signals from workers in rear of train and relay that information to engineers.
- Observe train signals along routes and verify their meanings for engineers.
What Every Locomotive Firer Should Know
Locomotive Firers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.
Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Related Job Titles for this Occupation:
- Steam Locomotive Firer/Fireman
- Assistant Engineer
- Railroad Firer/Fireman
- Diesel Locomotive Firer
- Railroad Firer
Job Outlook for Locomotive Firers
In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1,200 jobs in the United States for Locomotive Firers.
Locomotive Firer jobs are decreasing by a rate of -78.6%. This means the total job opportunities are shrinking. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a loss of -900 jobs for Locomotive Firers by 2026. There will be an estimated positions for Locomotive Firer per year.
How Much Does a Locomotive Firer Make?
The average yearly salary of a Locomotive Firer ranges between $53,180 and $99,630. The median salary is $63,820.
Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.
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Tools & Technologies Used by Locomotive Firers
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Locomotive Firers:
- Data entry software
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