If you are interested in Texas train conductor jobs, you should know the state is home to more than 12,000 miles of rails.

Everything in Texas is big, and so are its railroads.

Texas ranks #2 the state with the highest employment level in this occupation, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

If you are interested in becoming a train conductor in Texas, you will need to meet the following qualifications, according to Texas State RailRoad:

• Must have a working knowledge of train operations, current 49CFR242 qualifications preferred but can recertify if certification has lapsed.

• High School Diploma or equivalent required.

• Due to the safety sensitivity and physical nature of positions in the railroad industry, successful applicants need to be at least 18 years of age.

• Applicant must be currently authorized to work permanently in the United States

• Applicant must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and background check

• Must possess a valid driver’s license.

• Must understand air brakes and the mechanical system of a train and locomotives and pass a written test to verify competency.

• Basic knowledge of electrical and mechanical equipment and repair.

• Must be able to work any day of week depending on workload and requirements.

• Must be able to climb ladders, use hand tools, operate a locomotive, and worked in confined spaces such as inspections pits, generator rooms, and electrical cabinets.

• Must also be committed to promoting a safe workplace.

• Must able to stand or sit for long periods of time, walk considerable distance on uneven surfaces, bend and or twist at odd angles and lift heavy objects up to 75 lbs.

• Able to work outside in all weather conditions including extreme heat.

Train Conductor Key Responsibilities

• Must be able to think quickly on the job and safely perform the duties assigned.

• Should be a “people person,” with a positive attitude that will be engaging with passenger and staff.

• Inspect, service, and maintain daily tourist operations to ensure a successful trip.

• Communicate effectively verbally and in writing with team members, customers, and management

• Collaborate with other members of team to ensure an efficient operation