Driver, Railway Engine (Diesel)

Engine Driver

Minimum 10th pass

Complete ITI course in any specified trade

Qualify the exam conducted by Railway Recruitment Board

Worked as Assistant Diesel Driver for 2 years

The tasks of an Engine Driver (Diesel) is expected to perform include:

Driving diesel engine of railway train transporting passengers and goods

Taking charge of engine from Loco Shunter

Examining various parts of engine for operational efficiency

Ensuring sufficient diesel in engine

Driving engine from loco-shed to traffic yard and station for attaching it to train with which booked

Receiving token for movement from station master

Starting train on receiving signal from train guard

Driving engine along the scheduled route

Regulating the speed according to restrictions

Keeping to the scheduled timings and clearance of track

Exchanging signals with train guard en-route to maintain mutual contact

Supervising work of cleaner and checking operation of engine

Observing readings of different gauges and instruments

Driving engine to loco-shed on completion of journey

Filling up necessary forms

Detailing major defects and required repairs

Conducting running repairs in emergent cases

Skilled in operating engines and auxiliary equipment

Ability to read gauges, meters and charts to track engine operations

Ability to monitor engine, chemical and fuel levels

Efficient in inspecting equipment to ensure that it is operating correctly

Proficient in railway routes

Proficient in maintaining safety devices

Knowledge of driving loco engine (steam) and petrol driven rail car

Ability to follow instructions

Good communication skills

Motor skills

Ability to focus for long hours

Time management skills

Diligent and hardworking

Physically fit

It needs one to be on their toes

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Working hours are 8/10 hours every day for 6 days a week

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Occupational hazards may include fatigue, epidemiology of noise induced hearing loss, hypertension, respiratory disorders, etc.

Health risks include exposure to heavy noise, dust pollution, excess heat, high voltage electricity, poor lighting, etc.

For Engine Driver - INR 23,000 to INR 25,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Railway Industry in India

The Railways in India provide the principal mode of transportation for freight and passengers. It brings together people from the farthest corners of the country and makes possible the conduct of business, sightseeing, pilgrimage and education. The Indian Railways have been a great integrating force during the last more than 155 years. It has bound the economic life of the country and helped in accelerating the development of industry and agriculture. It has played a vital role in the economic, industrial and social development of the country. The network runs multi-gauge operations extending over 63,273 route kilometres.

The main objectives of railways planning have been to develop the transport infrastructure to carry the projected quantum of traffic and meet the developmental needs of the economy. Since the inception of the planned era in 1950-51, Indian Railways have implemented nine five-year plans, apart from annual plans in some years. During the plans, emphasis was laid on a comprehensive programme of system modernization. With capacity being stretched to the full, investment of cost-effective technological changes become inescapable in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for rail transport. Along with the major thrust directed towards rehabilitation of assets, technological changes and upgradation of standards were initiated in important areas of tracks, locomotives, passenger coaches, wagon bogie designs, signalling and telecommunication.

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