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Locomotive Electrician - Sheffield, AL 2023

Date: Mar 18, 2023

Location: Muscle Shoals, AL, US, 35661

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 35047: Locomotive Electrician - Sheffield, AL 2023 




Job Description

Locomotive Electricians are responsible for conducting routine maintenance, repair, rebuild, inspect, and install all electrical wiring and equipment on diesel electric locomotives. Employees are expected to demonstrate auditory and visual acuity and tracking while performing inspections. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk long distances, and sit for extended periods of time of time; reach for tools and objects with hands and arms; climb in the back of vehicles; stoop, kneel, or crouch; in all types of weather conditions. The employee must occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.  


 Primary Responsibilities:  
- 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  



- Understand oral and written communication 
- Problem solving and troubleshooting skills
- Basic Math 
- Multitask 
- Memory recall


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 

Veterans and transitioning service members are encouraged to apply. Military roles that often transition well to this position (but not limited to): 65F, 88S, 1345, AMT, AE, 3E0X1.

Locomotive Electricians will undergo 1 week of Mechanical Safety Orientation during their first week of employment and 6 weeks of craft specific training, at the Norfolk Southern Training Center in McDonough, GA. During the training, trainees will be reimbursed for one round-trip and provided lodging and meal cards ($20/day).


Salary and Wages: 
- 1st 40 Days of Training: $18.86 (50% of Full Rate)        
- Next 204 Days of Training: $28.28 (75% of Full Rate)    
- Next 244 Days of Training: $30.16 (80% of Full Rate)    
- 100%/After 2 Years/488 Days: $37.71 (100% of Full Rate – Journeyman)

Work Conditions

Working hours will include shift work over all 3 shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Shifts are assigned/awarded by seniority. The work environment is a shop and outdoor work.   

Company Overview

Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting

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.

Effective December 8, 2021, NS has paused its implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate given the dynamic legal proceedings.  The ultimate outcome of the federal contractor vaccine mandate is yet to be determined. It is still possible that the mandate, as it applies to NS, could be upheld in court in the near future. If the mandate is upheld, NS employees will be required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation.

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