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Locomotive Firers - 53-4012.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Assistant Engineer
  • Assistant Passenger Locomotive Engineer
  • Fireman
  • Locomotive Engineer
  • Passenger Locomotive Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Check to see that trains are equipped with supplies such as fuel, water, and sand.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Operate locomotives in emergency situations.
  • Receive signals from workers in rear of train and relay that information to engineers.
  • Signal other workers to set brakes and to throw track switches when switching cars from trains to way stations.
  • Start diesel engines to warm engines before runs.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment.
  • Monitor availability of equipment or supplies.
  • Monitor engine operation or functioning.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
  • Monitor traffic signals.
  • Operate locomotives or other rail vehicles.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Railway Specialist (USAR only) (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Firer, Locomotive