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Railroad Safety Inspector (Level I)

Published
Hybrid Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
U. S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
O*Net Code
53-6051.07
Rapids Code
2035HY
Req. Hours
1250
State
DC
Created
Jun 04, 2021
Updated
Jun 04, 2021

Time-Based Skills

5 skill sets | 55 total skills
General Discipline - 200 req. hrs
Gain a detailed understanding of the structure of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Gain a detailed understanding of the roles of regional supervisors, specialists, inspectors, and grade crossing managers.
Gain an understanding of the FRA’s ethical requirements.
Gain a fundamental understanding of the FRA’s statutory authority.
Demonstrate an understanding of policy related to personal safety.
Gain a fundamental understanding of Operation Lifesaver (OL) and the FRA’s relationship to this organization.
Gain a detailed understanding of the roles of the regional administrative staff and support staff.
Demonstrate access to and use of the Office of Safety Web Site to obtain summary accident and incident data.
Gain an understanding of the reports used by the FRA for investigations.
Become proficient at using FRA’s MS Outlook Program.
Gain an understanding of personal safety concerns prior to going into a railroad yard, shipping facility, intermodal facility, or tank car shop facility.
Complete the Workplace Safety computer generated training program.
Understand and apply the elements of an On-Track Safety (OTS) job briefing at a work site.
Hazardous Materials Discipline - 200 req. hrs
Become familiar with all FRA Hazardous Material (HM) Forms.
Become familiar with the HM Table.
Become familiar with the Hazardous Substance & Reportable Quantities (RQ) Table.
Become familiar with the Marine Pollutant Table.
Become familiar with the Segregation Table.
Become familiar with the requirements regarding the Handling of Placarded Rail Cars.
Become familiar with HM Classes/Divisions.
Become familiar with the HM requirements regarding Shipping Papers.
Identify items required on a shipping paper.
Know when shipping paper is required.
Gain an understanding of railroad employees who are involved in the transportation of HM.
Define/Identify interdepartmental roles and responsibilities that exist at a typical facility that loads/unloads and ships HM.
Familiarization of Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).
Identify railroad related associations such as the American Association of Railroads (AAR) and the Bureau of Explosives (BOE).
Motive Power & Equipment Discipline - 300 req. hrs
Become familiar with the CFR Parts enforced by Motive Power and Equipment (MP&E) Inspectors.
Become familiar with all FRA MP&E forms and discipline specific reports.
Gain an understanding of railroad safety rules that are particular to Maintenance of Equipment employees.
Describe the various types of locomotives and their primary applications.
Describe the various types of freight cars and their primary uses.
Describe the job titles and functions of each principal employee of the Mechanical Department.
Identify a standard railroad freight car truck.
Describe some of the basic components of a locomotive.
Use the AAR standards to describe certain locations of locomotives and cars.
Describe some of the basic components of freight or passenger cars.
Operating Practices Discipline - 300 req. hrs
Become familiar with the CFR Parts enforced by Operating Practices Inspectors.
Become familiar with all FRA OP forms and other discipline specific reports.
Gain an understanding of railroad safety rules that are particular to Operating Practices employees.
Gain an understanding of railroad operating rules.
Gain an understanding of railroad operations within a flat switching yard; to include employees, their job functions, how freight is processed through the yard, and how the different departments relate to each other.
Gain an understanding of railroad operations within a hump yard; to include employees, their job functions, how freight is processed through the yard, and how the different departments relate to each other.
Gain an understanding of main track train operations.
Compare switching operations at hump and flat yards.
Gain an understanding of train dispatching operations.
Signal & Train Control Discipline - 250 req. hrs
Become familiar with the CFR Parts enforced by FRA S&TC Inspectors.
Brief introduction and understanding of S&TC inspector’s duties.
Become familiar with the S&TC Compliance Manual (Technical Manual).
Draw an organizational chart of a typical railroad S&TC Department and gain a fundamental understanding of signal system installation and maintenance.
Introduction to the various railroad signal systems inspected by S&TC Inspectors.
Introduction into basic electricity and Ohms Law.
Brief introduction regarding the correct usage of a multi- meter.
Introduction of railroad S&TC definitions and terminology.
Brief introduction regarding components commonly used in railroad S&TC systems.

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