Locomotive Engineer
Pueblo, CO 
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Job Description
Locomotive Engineer

No Clearance Requirement

Transportation Technology Center






United States

Company Background

ENSCO brings 40+ years' experience conducting North American railway research and test programs for Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), passenger and freight railroads. ENSCO, Inc. was awarded a contract to provide research and development, testing, engineering, and training services at the FRA Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, Colorado. As the awardee, ENSCO will support FRA's vision of establishing the TTC as a center for rail and surface transportation innovation. ENSCO will operate and maintain the TTC in support of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop a vibrant, engaging, and modern TTC that fosters innovation, encourages positive change, and creates opportunity. ENSCO will also expand the use of the facility to support other government and commercial entities to achieve the broader mission of transportation safety, security, and innovation. ENSCO is seeking talented railway and surface transportation engineers, researchers, and operation support staff to join our team in support of government and commercial programs at TTC. We provide an exciting, collaborative, multi-discipline environment with staff from diverse technical and cultural backgrounds working together to make the world a safer place. In 2021, Energage recognized ENSCO with a National Top Workplaces award for our employee-focused culture of respect, diversity, inclusiveness, and family-friendly policies. Energage also selected ENSCO as a Top Workplaces in Technology Industry winner in recognition for a culture of employees who felt their work is meaningful and their efforts are appreciated by the company. Additionally, in 2021 DiversityJobs selected ENSCO as a Top Diversity Employer for demonstrating consistent outreach and dedication to hiring from all diversity groups, so the most qualified candidates can truly rise to the top of their careers. Come join a diverse, stable, and growing company and experience the reward of seeing the results of your work! ENSCO's contract term at TTC includes a five-year base period and three, five-year option periods for a total of 20 years from award date. Transition of the DOT operations, maintenance and research programs to ENSCO is anticipated to be completed by October 2022, therefore ENSCO is opening this position contingent on contract award and commencement starting in October 2022.

Job Description

ENSCO is seeking a Locomotive Engineer with experience within the railroad industry to provide locomotive operations in support of research, testing and training services to the railway industry in the areas of track; rollingstock; signals and communications; and human factors.

Essential duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Operate locomotives in support of research, testing and training projects to include maintaining train consist speed within +/- 1 mph for certain tests.
  • Inspect locomotives before, during, and after each run to check fuel levels, supplies, and mechanical problems.
  • Monitor gauges or meters that measure speed, amperage, battery charge, or air pressure in brake lines or in main reservoirs.
  • Knows and understands the requirements of FRA Rules and Regulations.
  • Oral communication via train radio with Operations Control Center (OCC) and other train crews.
  • Accountable for compliance of all operating rules, policies and guidelines.
  • Must be capable of obtaining and keeping current engineer certification (FRA requirement).
  • Read and interpret orders, schedules, and other written instructions received from the train dispatcher and discuss their contents with other crew members.
  • Perform switching, assembling and disassembling of trains.
  • Properly and safely engage/release hand brakes and operate rail yard switches.
  • Inspects couplings and air hoses to ensure they are securely fastened.
  • Attend rules and safety classes and ensure all rules are followed as directed by the Company, FRA, and other governing agencies.
  • Inspects freight cars, locomotives, and other equipment to ensure compliance with FRA and Company rules.
  • Utilizes/understand hand signals, two-way radios and cell phones for communication with other train crew members and dispatchers.
  • Prepares accurate daily logs as required by the Company, FRA, and other governing agencies.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Company.
  • Trains run day and night, so shift flexibility is a must. Shifts may include morning, afternoon, evening, and overnight. Overtime, weekend, and holiday hours may also be required.

Qualifications Required (Skills)

  • Two (2) to four (4) + years' Qualified Engineer experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of FRA requirements specific to the operation and movement of trains.
  • Ability to judge the speed and distances of objects or moving parts.
  • Must be capable of obtaining and keeping current engineer certification (FRA requirement).
  • Ability to react well under pressure in high-stressed situations; accept responsibility for own actions.
  • Observe all safety and security procedures; determine appropriate action beyond guidelines; report potentially unsafe conditions; use equipment and materials properly.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain focus for the entirety of the shift.
  • Ability to build professional and courteous relationships with your colleagues and supervisors
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team
  • Must be able to safely climb a 15 foot high ladder.
  • Railroad regulations require that the selected candidate must pass an e-RAILSAFE security background check and online safety tests to work on railroad properties. Wearing safety equipment (hardhat, steel-toe boots, protective vest and protective eye glasses) when working on railroad properties is also a requirement. ENSCO will provide all necessary safety equipment.
  • This safety sensitive position will be subject to drug and alcohol screening

Qualifications Desired

  • Five (5)+ years' Qualified Engineer experience.
  • Experience performing locomotive operations for research, testing or track inspections.


Req ID


Internal Position Title

Locomotive Engineer III

Employment Status

Regular Full-time

U.S. Citizenship


Background Check Type

10 year Pre-employment

Drug Screen Type

Pre-Employment Drug and Random Alcohol and Drug (FRA)

Export Control and Licensing

This position may involve access to technology or technical data that is controlled under U.S. export control laws and regulations and the release of which to a foreign national may require an export license from the U.S. Government.

Contract Award Contingency



Judi VanDerWesthuizen

Salary Range

18.93 - 23.15 - 27.27

Benefit Highlights

* Annual education tuition reimbursement
* 401(k) Plan with 2.5% dollar-for-dollar company match in first year of employment, and up to 6% company match thereafter
* Medical, dental and vision insurance
* Spending Accounts - FSA, Dependent Care FSA, and HSA
* Leave available for holidays, bereavement, jury duty, military service, family medical leave, and as required by State law
* Paid Time Off
* 100% Company paid Employee Assistance Program and life, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, business travel accident, and professional liability insurance (employee only)
* Other voluntary programs, including supplemental life, auto and home insurance, and legal program
* Computer purchase discount
* Recognition and reward programs
* Patent awards
* Technical paper awards for presentations and publications
* Recruitment awards
* Length of service awards
* Community service recognition

Strength in Diversity

ENSCO, Inc. and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers, committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under state or local law.

Locomotive Engineer | ENSCO, Inc.

ENSCO, Inc. and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers, committed to diversity in the workplace. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against with regard to race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding and related medical conditions), marital status, genetic information, protected medical or family care leaves (requesting or approved for leave under federal or state law), retaliation for reporting patient abuse in tax supported institutions, physical or mental disability or medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), military or protected veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence, political affiliation, reproductive health decision’s, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
2 to 4 years
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