Trainee Train Assistants

Operating Division: TFR
Employee Group: Trainee
Department: Operations
Reporting To: Section Manager
Grade: SSTP


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, on time,
in order to enable the organisation to satisfy the customers’ needs.


Position Outputs
 Sign on duty at designated work place 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 to safety standards and laid down instruction 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 to the Section manager at sign-off after
every shift to ensure timeous and accurate processing of monthly salary


Qualifications and Experience

Educational Requirements
 Grade 12

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 assessments)
 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
 Route/road
 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
 Observation
 Shunting movement
 Train handling skills
 Time management
 Stress handling
 Assessment


 Literacy
 Communication
 Judgement
 Reasoning
 Psychomotor skills (reactions/ coordination)
 Concentration
 Observation
 Spatial
 Depth perception psychomotor
 Numerical
 Train / locomotive handling and preparation
 Problem solving
 Electrical and diesel locomotive driving

 Stress handling
 Self-management
 Safety conscious
 Punctual
 Willing to work shifts
 Results orientated


“NB: The candidate must meet the minimum inherent health requirements of the job”
Equity Statement
Preference will be given to suitably qualified Applicants who are members of the designated groups in line with the Employment Equity Plan and Targets of the Organisation/Operating Division.







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