Locomotive Engineer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 2,012 Locomotive Engineer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Four Key Resume Tips For Landing A Locomotive Engineer Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Applicable Safety Procedures, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Locomotive Engineer Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Locomotive Engineer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand locomotive engineer skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a locomotive engineer : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Locomotive Engineer
Source: Zippia.com
FRA, 6%
See All Locomotive Engineer Skills
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Locomotive Engineers:

Example # 1

Locomotive Engineer

  • Qualified in Norac rules and regulations.
  • Followed FRA guidelines for safe and proper operation of locomotives
  • Licensed Locomotive Engineer with responsibility for railcar and locomotive safety, maintenance, and secured Hazmat shipments for transport.
  • Qualified on over 450 miles of territory for CSX.
  • Conferred with conductors or traffic control center personnel to obtain or direct information regarding stops, delays, or oncoming trains.

Example # 2

Locomotive Engineer

  • Communicated and coordinated continually with yardmasters, trainmasters, dispatchers, conductors, and brakemen.
  • Received and passed substantial classroom/field training (including hazmat) from the top Class One railroad school nationally.
  • Certified Locomotive Engineer 49 CFR 240 Certified Conductor 49 CFR 242 Certified Railroad Car Inspector under 49 CFR 215.
  • Provided field training to 25 conductors, allowing them to advance to engineer.
  • Completed GCOR train handling and airbrake rules training.

Example # 3

Delivery Person

Domino's Pizza
  • Prepared large quantity pizza Deliveries in a timely manner Processed payment and deposit
  • Assisted CSR manager hire new team members and resolved work place issues and concerns
  • Delivered Dominos food products to customers in a prompt and efficient manner.
  • Deliver the food to people's doorstep.
  • Helped in other positions if needed; Cleaned up working area every day at the end of the day.

Example # 4

Locomotive Engineer

  • Receive verbal directions via radio or hand signals from conductors and brakemen and subsequently follow directions accordingly.
  • Communicate with conductors and dispatchers concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
  • Work alongside conductors and other railroad employees to keep the train and its contents safe.
  • Completed training through the company safety initiatives and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations.
  • Travel from terminal to terminal by rail while strictly adhering to all FRA rules and regulations.

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Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your locomotive engineer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from locomotive engineer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a locomotive engineer, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Locomotive Engineer roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of locomotive engineer resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained
Updated May 19, 2020