Transnet | Train Driver Assistant Opportunities 2024


Transnet | Train Driver Assistant Opportunities 2024

Location: Ogies, Mpumalanga

Assist the Train Driver in the safe and efficient driving/handling of all different types of trains/locomotives (airbrake, vacuum, high speed, heavy haul, and passengers) to ensure that the customer’s freight/cargo reaches its destination in good condition, on time, to enable the organization to satisfy the customers’ needs.

Position Outputs

Sign on duty at the designated workplace and be allocated duties for the duration of the shift.

  • Determine which locomotive to be prepared
  • Obtain and place equipment on a locomotive
  • Check and supplement prescribed equipment
  • Clean working area
  • Assist with starting up of locomotive as prescribed assist with locomotive brake tests · Couple locomotive
  • Sign on duty
  • Despatch locomotive

2. Prepare locomotives

  • Determine which locomotive to be prepared
  • Obtain and place equipment on a locomotive
  • Check and supplement prescribed equipment
  • Clean working area
  • Assist with starting up of locomotive as prescribed
  • Assist with locomotive brake tests

3. Prepare communication equipment

  • Obtain radios/handsets/walkie talkie/telemeters when applicable
  • Check the functionality of communication equipment

4. Performs the pre-trip preparation of the Locomotives and the whole Train prior to departure to adhere to roadworthiness and train working rules and safety standards

  • Attach/detach vehicles according to works order in the absence of yard personnel
  • i. Mount telemeters where necessary
  • ii. Complete vehicle list and vacuum form
  • iii. Mount train indicators
  • iv. Examine train
  • v. Do brake test in conjunction with train driver

5. Execute shunting activities in sidings and en route according to directives to enhance safe working procedures.

  • Obtain works order
  • Performa shunting/placing/removing of trucks as per works order
  • Update vehicle list
  • Place and clear load/empty trucks at the siding

6. Assist the train driver en route 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.

  • Verbally compare signal positions and display with the train driver
  • Observe proceeding trains patrol locomotives
  • Reset locomotive trip-outs
  • Observe the safe running of the train
  • Protect train during incidents
  • Assist train driver during emergency circumstances

7. Comply with safety standards and laid down instructions to ensure that he is well motivated and competent.

8. Provide accurate feedback timeously to the Train Driver regarding any incidents and deviations along the route

9. Assist in performing various administration duties

10. 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.

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Qualifications and Experience

Educational requirements

1. Grade 12 with pure Mathematics and/or Physical Science Other requirements

2. Be prepared to undergo periodic medical surveillance and safety behavioral risk assessments during the selection process and every 12 months.

3. Physical hearing, vision, and mental, fitness (to be verified through medical tests and related safety behavioural risk assessments)

4. 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:

1. The candidate should be a minimum of 1.6m tall.

2. Psychomotor ability (to be assessed through the Vienna Testing System (VTS) standard)

3. Ability to carry heavy objects Functional Training

1. Be prepared to successfully undergo Train Assistant duties (theoretical and practical) so as to be certified to work independently as a Train Assistant.

2. Be willing, prepared, and capable of obtaining a Train Assistant duties certificate (theoretical and practical) successfully and be certified to work independently as a Train Assistant.



1. Various communication systems 2. Depot layout

3. Locomotive classes

4. Locomotive equipment

5. Route/road

6. Sections/stations and sidings

7. Signing on duty procedures

8. Train working rules

9. Trip report

10. Yard and siding layout

11. Knowledge of general TFR policies

12. Shunting procedures

13. Locomotive classes and their hauling capacities, constraints on the particular territory

14. Health and Safety Act 85

15. First aid

16. Basic conditions of employment act (BCEA)

17. SANS 3004 (Human factors)

18. HC policies and procedures

19. Train service/ITP

How to Apply

Apply online for the Transnet Train Driver Assistant Opportunities


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