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Yardmaster - Secondary Yard

Job ID: 5743
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: Various, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Relief Yardmasters
Date Posted: Feb 1, 2024

Description

POSTING NO.  
5743 
JOB TITLE:  
Yardmaster  
DEPT/DIV:  
Transportation  
WORK LOCATION:  
Various  
FULL/PART TIME  
FULL  
DEADLINE:  
Until Filled  
   
Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.  
   
Opening  
MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal.  We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut.  A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service and rewarding opportunities to its employees.  
Responsibilities  
Yardmasters are responsible for the proper makeup and prompt dispatch of trains in their assigned territory.  
Duties include, but are not limited to:  
  • Direct train make-up to ensure compliance with consist requirements and yard plans.
  • Safely and efficiently assign and control all train and equipment movement within the limits of the yard by remote activation of switches, signals, clearance forms and blocking devices in accordance with Metro-North operating rules.
  • Enter train consist data on PC.
  • Assign and coordinates consist and SMO switching activity.
  • Provide protection to employees working on the right of way by removing and restoring tracks to and from service.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records related to train movements, track assignments and other events.
  • Monitor radio, telephone, computer screens and other equipment for train movements, track movement and other relevant information and issues in territories controlled.
  • Communicate relevant information to others clearly, effectively and according to protocol regarding train routing, track conditions and any other special circumstances.
  • Maintain familiarity with train schedules, destinations and departure and arrival times.
  • Coordinate track usage with the Maintenance of Way department.
  • Prepare information reporting on time performance and delays of areas controlled.
  • Post all relevant train information on DTOBOs, bulletin orders and register sheets.
  • Manage unexpected and emergency events.
  • Supervises yard employees and train crews in the yard.
Qualifications  
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  
  • Minimum of a High School Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
External Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:  
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience as a qualified Air Traffic Controller OR
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience as a railroad employee in a position requiring book of rules qualification OR
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a logistics manager or other position with directly related transferable skills working in a fast paced, high pressure environment OR
  • Related education resulting in a Transportation degree (e.g., Associate Degree or higher in Air Traffic Control, Train Dispatch or related field).
Internal Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:  
  • Minimum of one (1) year of railroad experience in an Operating division craft that that requires qualifying on the “Rules of the Operating Department (Book of Rules Qualification)” and one year in your current position/union and completed all training requirements OR
  • Minimum of two (2) years of railroad experience in positions that do not require the Book of Rules Qualification and one year in your current position/union and completed all training requirements.
Knowledges, Skills, Abilities:  
  • Skilled in exercising independent judgment; ability to anticipate and analyze problems and take corrective actions; must be able to maintain attentiveness and evaluate a situation to make quick decisions under pressure; written and verbal communication skills; ability to multi-task; must be able to function effectively under changing priorities; reading comprehension ability; knowledge of operating and safety rules; knowledge of physical characteristics; must be safety conscious.
Rate of Pay  
The starting rate for this position is $32.04 (70% of the full rate). The annual wage progression scale is as follows:  Year 1=70% > Year 2=70% > Year 3=75% > Year 4=80% > Year 5=85% > Year 6=100%. The 100% full rate of pay is $45.77.  
This salary is non-negotiable, based on the ACRE Collective Bargaining Agreement.  
MNR Health Insurance & Vacation  
As a full-time employee, you are eligible for the following health and welfare benefits.  
Our benefits program provides flexibility, protection, and value through:  
  • Health care benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Welfare Benefits, including basic and optional life, dependent life, basic and optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, including a Health Care Account and Dependent Care Account
  • Retirement benefits, including a retirement plan, 401(k) and 457 savings plans
Seniority  
New employees will establish seniority in the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE), the union representing Yardmasters, in accordance with the union's current collective bargaining agreement.  
Members of ACRE are subject to an initiation fee and monthly membership dues.  
Assignments  
Ability to work various hours, days, shifts and locations is required throughout MNR territory.  
Other Information  
This is a federally regulated position subject to both pre-employment and continuous random toxicological screening.  
As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $105,472.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.  
Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.   
DETAILS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:   
  • Color vision required to read signal indicators in yard areas
  • Oral communication skills required to communicate with operations and field forces
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and complete written material
  • Handling ability required to operate switch machines 
DETAILS OF WORKING CONDITIONS:  
  • Works inside and outside exposed to various weather conditions
  • Ability to perform in a fast paced, highly visible environment where priorities are constantly changing
  • Prolonged periods of sitting
Selection Criteria  
Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.  
Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.  
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at www.mta.info  
Based on evaluation of education, skills, experience, and interview.  
  
HOW TO APPLY:    
     
ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE TO BE CONSIDERED.  METRO-NORTH NO LONGER ACCEPTS HARD COPIES OF RESUMES.    
     
Qualified applicants can submit an online application by clicking on the 'APPLY NOW' button from either the CAREERS HOME page or the JOB DESCRIPTION page.    
     
For instructions on completing the online application, go to the MTA intranet site and click on the PeopleSoft Information hyperlink. From there select the User Guides hyperlink to gain access to the "Viewing/Applying for Jobs Online" guide under the Recruiting section of the page.    
     
Equal Employment Opportunity    
MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.    
     
The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.    
  
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