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Locomotive Electrician - Decatur, IL

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Decatur, IL, US, 62521 Springfield, IL, US, 62703 Normal, IL, US, 61761 Taylorville, IL, US, 62568

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition ID : 30766 


Job Description

Scope: Maintain, repair, rebuild, inspect and install all electrical wiring and equipment on diesel electric locomotives.

- Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
- Measure, cut, thread, bend, and assemble connections to control panels and junction boxes
- Test circuit connections. Diagnose, repair, and replace electrical malfunctions in components including loading charging, transition problems, wheel slip, sander circuits and high and low voltage grounds
- Perform work activities utilizing voltages up to 1200 and amperages up to 1500
- Examine parts for wear and/or defects such as brushes contact tips, slip rings, armatures, diodes, bearings and fuses
- Interpret test instrument indicators
- Repair speed recorders, air compressors, turbo and fuel pumps and temperature switches. Change light bulbs on locomotives
- Interpret information from computer monitors or printouts
- Miscellaneous activities and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor 


Minimum Qualifications:
- High School Diploma/GED
- 18 years of age or older
- Valid Driver’s License
- One year experience reading blueprints or electrical schematics


Preferred Qualifications:
- Two years electrician experience
- Completion of an electrical vocational or trade school program
- Journeyman Electrician


Physical Demands:          
- Heavy work, lifting up to 50 pounds
- Stoop/bend/kneel/crouch/crawl/balance/climb
- Walk long distances over uneven terrain
- Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity/tracking/inspection


Technical Skills/Abilities:
- Verbal comprehension (Understand oral and written communication)
- Communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions)
- Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)
- Basic Math


Electricians rate progression:

  • 1st 40 Days of Training (50% of Full Rate)        
  • Next 204 Days of Training (75% of Full Rate)    
  • Next 244 Days of Training (80% of Full Rate)    
  • 100%/After 2 Years/488 Days (Journeyman)     100 % of full rate ($33.06)

Work Conditions

Shop Environment/Outdoors

This position is full time, shift work consists of: Irregular hours, including nights, weekend, holidays and occasional overtime.

Travel for Training

Company Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers.


We are a team of more than 20,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation." As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.

Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation and, gender identity. Together, we power progress. More information can be found at NS-EEO


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Nearest Major Market: Decatur