An Operating Practices Inspector is concerned with operating rules and practices, administration of Federal alcohol and drug control programs, hours of service for railroad employees involved with the movement of trains, Federal locomotive engineer certification standards, occupational safety conditions and reporting, and employee training and qualification. Significant duties include:
To be qualified for an Operating Practices Inspector you MUST have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:
To qualify for the GS-12 , you must have at least one full year of specialized railroad related experience equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade level for this occupation. Your experience must include at least a year:
The work regularly requires long periods of walking around railroad yards, industrial plants, grain elevators, coal piers, car floats, and accident sites, both day and night. Also requires bending, crouching and stretching to inspect wreckage, track or equipment, climbing steep embankments around road beds, climbing ladders on bridges, trestles, railroad cars, loading platforms and racks, signal towers and signal masts. During accident investigations long and tiring work is performed in addition to time spent while traveling to the accident site.
Duties regularly require working in railroad classification yards, day and night, often during inclement weather conditions, where rail cars are being humped by gravity and moving continually into various yard tracks. Constant lookout must be kept at all times in any railroad yard, along main tracks, or in industrial plants such to prevent possible serious injury. While in railroad yards, on main tracks, in industrial plants, and freight forwarders, the inspector is frequently exposed to poisonous, explosive, and highly flammable commodities that could be leaking from rail cars or containers, or suddenly ignited by fire by improper handling. Accident sites involve such hazards as electrified third rail and overhead catenary wires with high voltages, bridges, trestles and tunnels day and night. Inspections also include sites such as coal docks, grain elevators and float bridges where rail cars are loaded on and off of car ferries.