Conductor- Chicago Rail Link, LLC.

Posting Date: 


Chicago, IL


In this entry-level position, you don’t need any previous railroad experience; we provide all training. This job may lead to an opportunity as a Locomotive Engineer.  The Conductor is responsible for the train, the freight and the crew. Once hired, the employee will need to become certified as a Conductor and maintain certification per established FRA requirements.



  • Move trains safely in the yards and over the road.
  • Must be able to climb ladders, board and/or ride freight cars, operate track switches, inspect cars and use radio communications to control train movement.
  • Ability to work a non-standard 40-hour work week (train crews are always on-call).
  • Be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions – including snow, ice, rain, cold and heat – and be expected to work various hours, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to use a computer.
  • Must be able to count and compare numbers (example: You might, for example, be asked to count the cars on a train during switching).
  • Must be able to solve problems quickly and react to changing conditions on the job.
  • Must have strong vision and hearing, including the ability to: see and read hand signals from near and far; distinguish between colors; visually judge the speed and distance of moving objects; see at night; and recognize changes in sounds.
  • Must also be physically strong: able to push, pull, lift and carry up to 25 pounds frequently; up to 50 pounds occasionally; and up to 83 pounds infrequently.
  • Must have good balance to regularly step on and off equipment and work from ladders to perform various tasks. And you must be able to walk, sit, stand and stoop comfortably.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • High school education or general education development (GED).
  • Perceived aptitude in the Transportation field and demonstrating a desire to learn required.
  • Valid State Driver’s License.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must use all equipment, tools, resources and company automobiles in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Must use extremely sound judgment when complying and interrupting railroad rules, regulations and instructions.
  • Must use good judgment when complying with federal regulations that apply to the operation of trains.
  • Must be able to distinguish color signals aspects.




Physical Requirements: % of Work Time
Must have the ability to see near, far, all color, have depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 100%
Must have the ability to speak and hear clearly to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, yard workers, and section leaders. 100%
Must have the ability to continuously stand or walk on level or uneven ground. 100%
Must have the ability to ascend and descend railcars and ladders. 75%
Must have the ability to bend/crouch/kneel at waist or knees between locomotive and cars. 50%
Must have the ability to lift, push, pull, or carry up to 150lbs. 50%
Must have the ability to exert up to 150lbs. 50%
Must have the ability to exert up to 125lbs. 75%
Must have the ability to exert up to 100lbs. 75%
Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid or windy conditions caused by the weather (snow, rain, and sub-freezing temps). 100%



  • No supervisory responsibilities.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.


We are an EEO Employer and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status.