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Selection of Locomotive Engineer Trainees

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1995
AUTHOR: M. Cooper, C. Uhlman, & B.L. Frost
ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was the development of a battery of tests for predicting an applicants' potential for completing engineer training and performing well as a locomotive engineer. In preparation for developing this battery, a job analysis was conducted. The job analysis for the locomotive engineer's job involved seven steps: review of existing research the locomotive engineer job to develop a task list; 2) a site visit to one of the participating railroads, Union Pacific (UP); and revision of the tasks by UP job experts; 4) ratings of the tasks by UP engineers; identification of the required knowledges, skills and abilities by UP engineers; 6) review of the task list by eight additional participating railroads, Burlington Northern; Santa Fe; Bessemer and Lake Erie; and Eastern; Union, and Missabe, and Iron Range) ; and 7) review of the by the first four railroads. This thorough and comprehensive job analysis procedure resulted in a list of critical KSA job requirements that were considered appropriate for subsequent test development. These requirements included reading, memorizing, understanding oral instructions, logical reasoning, focusing attention, and attention to detail.