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Assistant Signal Person

In this entry-level position, you will keep our trains moving safely and smoothly. You will help install, repair and maintain various railroad signals and grade-crossing protection equipment. You will load and unload supplies and heavy equipment from trucks; operate backhoes; dig holes and trenches for cable; paint signal equipment; climb and troubleshoot signal structures; handle cable; and make electrical connections.


  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must speak and read English because you will be asked to follow government regulations and instructions.
  • You must have the stamina for heavy, physical labor and be able to discriminate between colors.
  • You must pass a Skilled-Craft Battery exam (see sample) to be considered for an interview.


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  • Jenks Shop (North Little Rock, AR)


As a newly hired Assistant Signal Person, you can expect to earn about $19.00 an hour, with actual pay depending on location and Union-negotiated agreements.


During your first two years of service as an Assistant Signal Person, you must complete eight weeks of formal training. You will also receive on-the-job training during that time to learn how to safely operate various signal systems.

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Assistant Signal Person Career Path 


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