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Norfolk Southern (NS) conductors are responsible for the safe and eﬃcient movement of freight trains. A conductor’s job can include coupling railcars to build trains, delivering railcars to local customers, and transporting trains hundreds of miles. A conductor’s job can include responsibilities such as handling and interpreting electronic paperwork/track inventory, troubleshooting train issues such as making repairs, incident reporting, and inspection procedures The conductor position can often mean a signiﬁcant lifestyle change as the work schedule is often non-traditional due to the 24/7/365 industry and requires one to be available to work within a 90-minute notice.
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During training a Conductor Trainee (CT) will earn $25 per hour, with a minimum $200 in earnings per shift excluding weekends. Additionally, CTs are eligible for an on-the-job training incentive of $300 per bi-weekly pay period.
Norfolk Southern utilizes a comprehensive training program for both conductor and locomotive engineer, consisting of classroom and ﬁeld training. Successful completion of these programs is a requirement for employment. CTs should expect to go through a training program of approximately 14-16 weeks before promoting to a conductor position.
A CT will expect to work a schedule similar to that of a regular conductor. As a conductor you will most likely be assigned to a conductors’ extra board. Conductor extra boards have schedules with a minimum of two rest days for every six consecutive working days. While not on your rest days, you are subject to be called to work 24 hours a day, on an as-needed basis. Extra board work schedules are irregular and are determined by business needs. Conductor’s and CTs are available by federal law to work up to 12’00” daily. You should be prepared to work a full day.
Medical insurance for you, your spouse, and eligible dependents is provided on the first day of the second calendar month of employment. After one year of employment, you are eligible for dental insurance to cover yourself and eligible dependents, a $20,000 life insurance plan for yourself, and participation in the Norfolk Southern 401(K) plan.
You are subject to Railroad Retirement taxes paid at a rate equivalent to Social Security tax plus an additional 4.9%. You are also covered by Railroad Retirement benefits and, following completion of the service requirement, you will be eligible for Railroad Retirement benefits. Conductors can also qualify for up to 5 weeks of paid time off based on their work record and seniority.
Additional information on benefits can be found at YourTrackToHealth.com
You will be required to join a union within 60 days of becoming a conductor and establishing a seniority date. Average Union dues are $110/ Month
Conductors are considered essential employees and will be required to arrive at work during inclement weather. In addition, a conductor should expect to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. This may mean working in poor weather conditions day or night.
A pre-employment drug and alcohol screening test is a condition of employment. Further, throughout your career, conductors are subject to random alcohol and drug testing as per the Federal Railroad Administration Guidelines. The Norfolk Southern Policy is ZERO TOLERANCE. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.