Certified Conductor

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Certified Conductor

These positions require at least 2 years of recent (within the last 2 years) active experience as a certified conductor with consistent time performing in this role. Current FRA certification is required for most deployments, with occasional opportunities for recently expired engineers to recertify on the client railroad’s property. Previous experience and knowledge of applicable railroad operating rules as required by the client’s rail operation.

Note: We do not offer or promise full-time employment with either a client railroad or with Hallcon. We do not hire or train people off the street for the rail industry – you must be a fully qualified, FRA certified locomotive engineer, have current licensure, and have a proven positive safety/performance record.

Essential Duties:

  • Ground switching and other passenger or freight conductor duties.
  • Yard and road operations as needed for large and small railroads across the United States and internationally, including some transit and commuter opportunities.
  • Short-term temporary engagement of your services as an independent contractor.
  • Paid travel, meals, and lodging while performing service.
  • No long-term employment commitment.
  • Guaranteed 5-day per week pay while deployed if continuously available for the entire period.
  • Reasonable flexibility to accept assignments when you are available and able to be deployed.
  • Competitive pay appropriate to your railroad craft.
  • No benefits or health insurance applicable for temporary contractor assignments.
  • Railroad retirement (RRB) participation available for most assignments, with some opportunities for non-RRB assignments for retired RRB recipients as well.


  • Railroad professional with proven safety and rules compliance record.
  • Willing and able to be away-from-home for an extended period of time while deployed on assignments that can range from a few weeks to multiple months.
  • Clear background check and no driving-related alcohol or drug related convictions within the last 3 years.
  • FRA Control of Alcohol and Drug Use screening required for each assignment (49 CFR Part 219)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new railroads and their rules, and work with a variety of people.
  • General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR) experience strongly preferred for most positions.
  • Attitude and aptitude are equally important.