Technical Reports

Rail Industry Job Analysis: Freight Conductor

  • 13
  • Mar
  • 2013
AUTHOR: Leslie Golay, Mikchael Tuller, Benjamin Walsh, Janet Barnes-Farrell, and Stephanie Morrow
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-13/11
SUBJECT: Freight Operations, Human Factors, Safety Performance Measures
KEYWORDS: Job analysis, job tasks, training assessment, freight conductor, safety-sensitive positions, knowledge, skills, abilities
ABSTRACT: This document describes the results from a job analysis that was conducted for the position of Freight Conductor. Key aspects of the position were identified, including main tasks and knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) needed to carry out the requirements of the job successfully. The job analysis process is provided in detail, including meeting agendas, survey questionnaires, and a finalized list of job tasks and KSAOs identified by subject matter experts (SMEs). Conclusions report the specific results of the job analysis, including information from SME focus group discussions regarding demands and strains of the job. Implications for training and development are also discussed.
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