Transnet : Trainee Train Assistant

This advert is open for application by external applicants.
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The closing date is on 24.05.2022. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that HR has received the application
before the closing date of the advertisement.
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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, 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
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• 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 & 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
• 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
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• 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”

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