Job Description

Electrician - Diesel Engines


Join a team of dedicated electricians to provide services to a fleet of freight and historical diesel-electric locomotives. Diesel Electricians inspect, diagnose, and repair the electrical components on locomotives of various ages and models. You’ll be performing scheduled inspections and maintenance and will also troubleshoot malfunctions in locomotive control circuits and components. Your goal is to ensure the electrical components of the locomotives are serviced safely, efficiently and in compliance with standards, so they can offer safe and reliable transport of customer goods!


  • Using schematics and location circuit plans: Perform scheduled electrical inspections and circuit tests of various components, perform maintenance and repair of electrical components in locomotive cabs or electrical compartments, and perform maintenance to equipment in accordance with company and industry standards.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose electrical systems and components to assess the nature of each problem, plan, and coordinate work activities, determine equipment needs and develop sequences of steps needed to complete work.
  • Work with shop machinery, equipment, and tools
  • Verbally and in writing, share technical information, job procedure recommendations, and other work-related information with others.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, contractors and/or customers and diplomatically handle conflicting opinions.
  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Basic keyboarding skills
  • Basic mathematic skills
  • Valid driver's license
  • Education or work experience in electronics, control systems, AC/DC motors OR current journeyman's electrical card
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to deliver information to coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Able to read electrical schematics and prints.
  • Experience reading and understanding instructions (examples may include: operating and safety rules, bulletins, special instructions, and federal regulatory documents)
  • Candidates for this position must take a pre-employment Locomotive Electricians aptitude test.
  • Candidates must qualify on a Physical Ability Test (PAT) prior to employment, background check and drug/alcohol testing.


  • An Associates-Degree in electricity or electronics
  • Experience working outdoors in variable weather conditions (consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Experience with large motor generators and/or high-voltage circuitry
  • Experience working with electronics and/or electro-mechanical systems.
  • Experience working in an environment that requires you to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection.
  • Experience working with, on, and around moving heavy equipment (Consider professional, personal, and volunteer experience)
  • Completed a formal electrical training program (e.g., training presented by a community college, trade/vocational school, or military)
  • Certified and/or licensed as an electrician.

Physical Requirements

  • Able to detect and interpret different visual color signals and displays, identify, and judge the speed and distance of locomotives being moved in the service area, and respond quickly to unusual sounds and smells during inspections and testing.
  • Occasionally push, pull, lift, and carry objects weighing up to 65 lbs; bend, stoop, and kneel. Perform overhead work, climb, and maintain balance to access locomotives and equipment.
  • Able to safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces.
  • Must have normal color vision.
  • Able to remain standing or sitting for more than one-half of every workday with an opportunity to periodically change position for comfort and make frequent coordinated hand movements to grasp, place, or move objects.

Work Conditions

  • Standard work week – Monday through Friday
  • Willing and able to work in confined and/or small spaces.
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Work at heights of 20 feet or more
  • Willingness to practice safe work habits.
  • Agree to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection where the company requires.
  • Must be willing and able to work around large equipment such as railcars, locomotives, and cranes.

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 0700-1600

Benefits include:

  • Health Care – Premiums paid by the company (Health/Dental/Vision)
  • Paid vacation after probation period
  • Paid sick leave after probation period.
  • Paid Holidays (including Veterans Day)
  • Uniforms
  • Boot Program
  • Bonuses
  • Railroad Retirement

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Candor NC
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