Send CV For Transnet Trainee Train Assistants

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Position Purpose

Assist the Train Driver in the safe and efficient driving/handling of all different types of trains/locomotive consists (airbrake, vacuum, high speed, heavy haul and passengers) to ensure that the customers freight/cargo reaches its destination in good condition, on time, in order to enable the organisation to satisfy the customers’ needs.

Position Outputs

  • Sign on duty at designated work place and be allocated duties to be performed for the duration of the shift.
  • Determine which locomotive to be prepared
  • Obtain and place equipment on locomotive
  • Check and supplement prescribed equipment
  • Clean working area · Assist with starting up of locomotive as prescribed assist with locomotive brake tests
  • Couple locomotive
  • Sign on duty
  • Despatch locomotive

2. Prepare locomotives

  • Determine which locomotive to be prepared
  • Obtain and place equipment on locomotive
  • Check and supplement prescribed equipment
  • Clean working area
  • Assist with starting up of locomotive as prescribed
  • Assist with locomotive brake tests

3. Prepare communication equipment

  • Obtain radio’s/handsets/walkie talkie/telemeters when applicable
  • Check functionality of communication equipment

4. Performs the pre-trip preparation of the Locomotives and the whole Train prior the departure to adhere to roadworthiness and train working rules and safety standards

Attach/detach vehicles according to works order in absence of yard personnel

i. Mount telemeters where necessary

ii. Complete vehicle list and vacuum form

iii. Mount train indicators

iv. Examine train

v. Do brake test in conjunction with train driver

5. Execute shunting activities in sidings and enroute according to directives to enhance safe working procedures.

  • Obtain works order
  • Performa shunting/placing/removing of trucks as per works order
  • Update vehicle list
  • Place and clear load/empty trucks at siding

6. Assist the train driver enroute to ensure the safe movement of the train from a required point to the destination, without delays or damage to locomotives, wagons, infrastructure track and other equipment, to ensure predictable service.

  • Verbally compare signal positions and display with train driver
  • Observe proceeding trains patrol locomotives
  • Reset locomotive trip-outs · Observe safe running of train
  • Protect train during incidents
  • Assist train driver during emergency circumstances

7. Comply to safety standards and laid down instruction to ensure that he is well motivated and competent.

8. Provide accurate feedback timeously to the Train Driver regarding any incidents and deviations along the route

9. Assist in performing various administration duties

10. Complete the Train journal and submit to the Section manager at sign-off after every shift to ensure timeous and accurate processing of monthly salary.

Qualifications and Experience

Educational requirements

1. Grade 12 with pure Mathematics and/or Physical Science Other requirements

2. Be prepared to undergo periodic medical surveillance and safety behavioral risk assessments during the selection process and every 12 months.

3. Physical hearing, vision, mental, fitness (to be verified through medical tests and related safety behavioural risk assessments)

4. The operator shall not allow employees younger than 21 years of age to undertake train driver or train control duties. (SANS 3000, par

The following minimum Trainee pre-requisite:

1. The candidate should be a minimum of 1.6m tall.

2. Psychomotor ability (to be assessed through Vienna Testing System (VTS) standard)

3. Ability to carry heavy objects

Functional Training

1. Be prepared to successfully undergo Train Assistant duties (theoretical and practical) so as to be certified to work independently as a Train Assistant.

2. Be willing, prepared and capable to obtain a Train Assistant duties certificate (theoretical and practical) successfully and be certified to work independently as Train Assistant.



1. Various communication systems

2. Depot layout

3. Locomotive classes

4. Locomotive equipment

5. Route/road

6. Sections/stations and sidings

7. Signing on duty procedures

8. Train working rules

9. Trip report

10. Yard and siding layout

11. Knowledge of general TFR policies

12. Shunting procedures

13. Locomotive classes and their hauling capacities, constraints on the particular territory

14. Health and Safety Act 85

15. First aid

16. Basic conditions of employment act (BCEA)

17. SANS 3004 (Human factors)

18. HC policies and procedures

19. Train service/ITP

20. Train workings

21. Substance Abuse

policy and procedures Attributes

1. Stress handling

2. Self-management

3. Safety conscious

4. Punctual

5. Willing to work shifts

6. Results orientated


1. Locomotive coupling and uncoupling

2. Locomotive preparation (Electrical and Diesel)

3. Locomotive Stabling

4. Observation

5. Shunting movement

6. Train handling skills

7. Time management

8. Stress handling

9. Assessment

10. Literacy

11. Communication

12. Judgement

13. Reasoning `

14. Psychomotor skills (reactions/ coordination)

15. Concentration

16. Observation

17. Spatial

18. Depth perception psychomotor

19. Numerical

20. Train / locomotive handling and preparation

21. Problem solving

22. Electrical and diesel locomotive driving

Equity Statement

Preference will be given to suitably qualified Applicants who are members of the designated groups in line with the Employment Equity Plan and Targets of the Organisation/Operating Division.

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