Locomotive Firers


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

-78.6% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High School Diploma


What Locomotive Firers Do

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.

Other Job Titles Locomotive Firers May Have

Assistant Engineer, Assistant Passenger Locomotive Engineer, Fireman, Locomotive Engineer, Passenger Locomotive Engineer

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Monitor oil, temperature, and pressure gauges on dashboards to determine if engines are operating safely and efficiently.
  • Monitor trains as they go around curves to detect dragging equipment and smoking journal boxes.
  • Observe tracks from left sides of locomotives to detect obstructions on tracks.
  • Observe train signals along routes and verify their meanings for engineers.
  • Receive signals from workers in rear of train and relay that information to engineers.

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