Transnet: Trainee Train Assistant

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Post: Transnet Group Services, Shared Services, Johannesburg,

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Operating Division: Transnet Freight Rail
Position Title: Trainee Train Assistant
Employee Group: Trainee
Department: Train Crew Mng
Location: Sishen
Reporting To: Section Manager: Train Traffic
Grade Level: SSTFT
Reference Number: 50018019

Position Purpose:
Assist the Train Driver in the safe and efficient driving/handling of all different types of trains/locomotive consists (airbrake,

vacuum, high speed, heavy haul, and passengers) to ensure that the customers’ freight/cargo reaches its destination in good condition, and on time, in order to enable the organisation to satisfy the customers’ needs.

Position outputs:
Sign on duty at the designated workplace and be allocated duties to be performed for the duration of the shift.
Prepare locomotives
Prepare communication equipment
Performs the pre-trip preparation of the Locomotives and the whole Train prior the departure to adhere to roadworthiness
and train working rules and safety standards
Execute shunting activities in sidings and enroute according to directives to enhance safe working procedures

Assist the train driver enroute to ensure the safe movement of the train from a required point to the destination, without delays or damage to locomotives, wagons, infrastructure track, and other equipment, to ensure predictable service
Comply with safety standards and laid down instructions to ensure that he is well-motivated and competent
Provide accurate feedback timeously to the Train Driver regarding any incidents and deviations along the route
Assist in performing various administration duties
Complete the Train journal and submit it to the Section manager at sign-off after every shift to ensure timeous and accurate

processing of monthly salary
Qualifications & Experience:

Educational Requirements
Grade 12 with pure Mathematics and/or Physical Science
Functional Training
Be prepared to successfully undergo Train Assistant duties (theoretical and practical) so as to be certified to work independently as a Train Assistant.

Other Requirements
Be prepared to undergo periodic medical surveillance and safety behavioral risk assessments during the selection process
and every 12 months
Physical hearing, vision, mental, fitness (to be verified through medical tests and related safety behavioural risk
The operator shall not allow employees younger than 21 years of age to undertake train driver or train control duties.
(SANS 3000, par

The following minimum Trainee pre-requisite:
The candidate should be a minimum of 1.6 meters tall
Psychomotor ability (to be assessed through Vienna Testing System (VTS) standard)
Ability to carry heavy objects

Various communication systems
Depot layout
Locomotive classes
Locomotive equipment
Sections/stations and sidings
Signing on duty procedures
Train working rules
Trip report
Yard and siding layout
Knowledge of general TFR policies
Shunting procedures
Locomotive classes and their hauling capacities, constraints on the particular territory
Health and Safety Act 85
First aid
Basic conditions of employment act (BCEA)
SANS 3004 (Human factors)
HC policies and procedures
Train service/ITP
Train workings
Substance Abuse policy and procedures

Locomotive coupling and uncoupling
Locomotive preparation (Electrical and Diesel)
Locomotive Stabling
Shunting movement

Train handling skills
Time management
Stress handling
Psychomotor skills (reactions/ coordination)
Depth perception psychomotor
Train/locomotive handling and preparation
Problem solving
Electrical and diesel locomotive driving

Stress handling
Willing to work shifts
Results orientated


“NB: The candidate must meet the minimum inherent health requirements of the job”

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