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Working As A Train Dispatcher

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Train Dispatcher does

  • Provided yardmaster duties for BNSF Sterling, CO railroad yard.
  • Communicate any changing weather conditions with those affected.
  • Communicated issues or delays with trains for Amtrak Consolidated National Operations Center (CNOC) reports.
  • Trained and Skilled in Crisis & emergency situations involving the public.
  • Adhere to federal safety rules and guidelines.
  • Worked across departments with Mechanical and Engineering forces to solve issues.
  • Maintain currency on all FRA, GCOR, and UPrules and regulations.
  • Manage, track, maintain and ensure compliance of the HDC staff for all Federal and Union Pacific Drug testing programs.
  • Managed train crews for safe and efficient movement.
  • Map out IFT calls for the day, receive and dispatch 911 calls on multiple systems.
  • Operated high volume call center of both inbound and outbound phone calls.
  • Operated controls to activate track switches and traffic signals.
  • Plan for streamlined movement of diverse priority trains, trains containing hazardous materials, and restricted shipments.
  • Utilized CADS to safely operate a dispatching desk.
  • People and customer service oriented.
  • Monitor and maintain all train schedules, destinations, and arrival/departure times.
  • Communicate with rail customers and schedule delivery and pickup of rail cars.
  • Arranged track use by engineering department for track maintenance.
  • Direct contact with Engineers, Conductors, Yard Masters and Maintenance personnel.
  • Maintain detailed records of rail movements.

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Top Skills for A Train Dispatcher

  1. Train Movement
  2. Federal Safety Rules
  3. Emergency Situations
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  • Position required excellent communication with connecting divisions for the uninterrupted flow of all train movements.
  • Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures.
  • Managed crisis situations brought on by severe weather, train derailments, crossing accidents, and other on-track emergency situations.
  • Coordinated effective and efficient movement of trains between stations and terminal yards based on business priorities and schedule requirements.
  • Controlled interlocking signals and switches under my jurisdiction, In accordance with the FRA rules and special instructions of NJT.

Train Dispatcher Demographics

Gender

Male

52.9%

Female

36.4%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

65.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Portuguese

11.1%

Persian

11.1%

Carrier

11.1%

Chinese

11.1%
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Train Dispatcher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Bellevue University

8.4%

University of North Texas

7.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

5.3%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

5.3%

Liberty University

5.3%

American InterContinental University

5.3%

Tarrant County College District

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

4.2%

Clark Atlanta University

4.2%

Excelsior College

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Ocean County College

3.2%

University of West Florida

3.2%

Mountwest Community and Technical College

3.2%

Iowa State University

3.2%

University of North Florida

3.2%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

36.3%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Psychology

5.6%

Communication

4.8%

Nursing

4.0%

Education

3.6%

Aviation

3.6%

History

3.6%

Supply Chain Management

3.2%

Marketing

3.2%

General Studies

2.8%

Management

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Computer Science

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Economics

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.2%

Other

27.6%

Associate

13.9%

Masters

13.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.5%
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