Locomotive Electrician - St. Louis, MO 2024

Date: Mar 23, 2024

Location: Saint Louis, MO, US, 63147

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition ID : 37199 



Job Description

Locomotive Electricians are responsible for conducting routine maintenance, repair, rebuild, inspect, and install all electrical wiring and equipment on diesel electric locomotives and their components. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations, and federal regulations
  • Wire, maintain, repair, rebuild, inspect, and install equipment such as: Rheostats, Control Systems, Transformers, Motors & Generators, Welding Machines, Electric Lighting Fixtures, Winding Armatures, Battery Charging Systems, Magnet Coils, Switchboards & Meters, Compensators & Rotors, Electrical Collectors.
  • Measure, cut, thread, bend, and assemble connections to control panels and junction boxes.
  • Reading electrical prints, testing circuits, and connections, using multimeters, amp clamps, etc. 
  • 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 2400.
  • Examine parts for wear and/or defects such as brushes contact tips, slip rings, armatures, diodes, bearings, and fuses.
  • Interpret test instrument indicators.
  • Interpret information from computer monitors or printouts.
  • Miscellaneous activities and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor. 

Job Requirements

  • A Locomotive Electrician holds a safety sensitive position in which he/she must maintain alertness and concentration while at work.  Safety sensitive tasks may include:  
    • Constantly working around heavy, moving, potentially hazardous locomotive engines.
    • Frequently climbing on/off locomotives inside and outside the shop in all weather conditions.
    • Operating and moving a locomotive engine (some of these movements may fall under the Hours-of-Service act).
  • Work safely to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
  • Wear protective equipment such as hard hat, hearing protection, or safety-toe boots
  • Complete annual training and pass safety rules examinations
  • Must pass all required assessments
  • Must pass a background screening
  • Must pass a post-offer medical examination, including a drug test
  • This position is governed by a union position and membership is required 

Additional Information

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years electrician experience.
  • Completion of an electrical vocational or trade school program.
  • Journeyman Electrician.
  • One year experience reading blueprints or electrical schematics. 
  • 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 are encouraged to apply. 

Skills and Abilities

  • Verbal comprehension (understand oral and written communication).
  • Communication skills (provide clear instructions/directions).
  • Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills).
  • Basic Math.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Memory (recall track placement and locomotive location).

Physical Demands   

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

Travel for paid training to McDonough, GA. Locomotive Electricians will complete 1 week of Mechanical Safety orientation and 6 weeks of craft specific training. Norfolk Southern will reimburse travel and pay for lodging as required by union agreement.

Compensation Data

Rate of Pay

  • 1st 40 Working Days: $18.86 (50% of Full Rate)        
  • Next 204 Working Days: $28.28 (75% of Full Rate)    
  • Next 244 Working Days: $30.16 (80% of Full Rate)    
  • After 2 Years/488 Days Working Days: $37.71 (100% of Full Rate – Journeyman)
  • Minimum Qualifications


  • Company Benefits - Eligible 1st day of second month after hire
  • 80/20 plan for employee, spouse, and eligible dependents
  • Union Benefits
  • Medical (Managed or 85/15 Plan)
  • $20K Life Insurance
  • 401 (K) First Day of Employment
  • After 1st year of service: Eligible for Dental / Vision

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

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. Norfolk Southern is a major transporter of industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials. In addition, the railroad operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a principal carrier of coal, automobiles, and automotive parts.


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.

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