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Rail Loader / Unloader

at Auto Warehousing Co.

Posted: 3/13/2019
Job Reference #: 1017

Job Description

AWCC/Chrysler Windsor - Windsor, Ontario

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The incumbent is responsible for loading and unloading new vehicles onto rail cars and securing the vehicles using chock blocks prior to shipping; additional responsibilities include pulling vehicles to the dock, releasing to plant, parkaway and inspection, parts and gasoline installation

Essential Duties     

Loader/Unloader tasks

  • Open railcar doors prior to loading vehicles
  • Enter the new vehicle designated for the rail car
  • Drive the new vehicle on to the rail car and park it
  • Take the traveler located in the vehicle and hold on to it until sufficient quantity is collected then return to dispatch office
  • Exit the vehicle and place chock blocks behind the wheels and secure down
  • Climb out of the train using ladder railings on the outside of the rail car
  • Walk to nearest designated area and enter shuttle bus
  • Install the bridge plates between the rail cars
  • Perform inspections as required
  • Fix vehicles on the lot which may require simple repairs that may include boosting the battery, refilling the gas tank or changing a flat tire
  • Lift and secure bridge plates between the rail cars when necessary
  • Be able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned

Other Duties / Requirements

  • Exhibit a behaviour and conduct that maintains a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that the incumbent gets along with customers, vendors, co-workers, and management
  • Maintain good and regular attendance
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a variety of work situations
  • Present a positive demeanour
  • Be able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned
  • Follow and adhere to all company, contractual and regulatory safety policies and procedures

Working Conditions: 

Significant physical work involving lifting and handling of bridge plates

Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions and adapt to changes in temperature

Minimum Requirements

Grade 12 diploma

1 year heavy labour work, driving experience

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills

Ability to interface with co-workers, and employees at all levels within the company

Clean driving record

Relevant Physical Activity Demands

(each worker moves a minimum 40 vehicles per shift)

Sitting:                          The worker sits while driving a vehicle (40 units)

Standing/Walking:          Waking from the bus to the vehicle (40 times)

Walking off the train (40 times)

Walking from the train back to the bus (40 times)

Climbing:                      Climb up or down a ladder on the side of the rail car to enter or exit the train

Lifting/Carrying:             Chock blocks weigh 3.5 – 4 kg (8-9 lbs) (minimum 68 blocks)

                                    Bridge plates weigh 18 kg (40 lbs) (minimum

Pushing/Pulling:             The pins on the Deck Lids are pulled out with 9 kg (20 lbs) of force

                                    Car chock blocks are secured by pushing on a pin with the thumb or finger with 9 kg (20 lbs) of force

                                    There are two ways of unlocking Truck chock blocks.  Pulling the blocks apart using both hands requires a force of 18-27 kg (40-60 lbs).  Pulling the blocks apart by leaning on the block with a knee or foot and pulling with one hand requires a force of 4-5 kg (10-12 lbs)

                                    Truck chock block lever is locked with 16 kg (35 lbs) of force, and unlocked with 9 kg (20 lbs) of force.  This can be done with either the hands or feet

Gripping/Handling:         Holding the steering wheel while driving; gripping rungs of the ladder while climbing and using three-point contact.  Grip force while climbing onto the train must be at least ½ of the body weight especially on first rung where legs are used only minimally. Grip forces must match or exceed the forces described for lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling above, where the hands are used.

Bending:                       The worker must work with blocks on the floor of the rail car, which requires forward bending of the neck and some forward bending of the torso as well.

Kneeling:                       Most workers kneel while working with the chock blocks

Reaching:                     Bridge plates are passed from below to overhead when placing them on the highest level of the rail cars

Foot Pedaling:               Operating gas, brake and clutch pedals while driving the truck and stepping on truck chock blocks to lock them into place