$49,420 earning potential
You have good hand-eye-foot coordination
You can recognize and adapt to changing conditions
You're dependable and trustworthy
You're great under pressure
You love big trucks and machines
You don't mind manual labor
SURFACING GANG FOREMAN
Where I trained: University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College
What I Earned: Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) License
Employer: Union Pacific Railroad in North Little Rock
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I like that there is something new every day, and I also enjoy that I am able to work outside."
Opportunities for variety and progression! Winston has worked in several positions within the industry, and he has done so in several different towns. He started at Union Pacific as a machine operator, and he gradually took on more responsibilities until he became a surfacing gang foreman. He still has more opportunities for progression within the company ahead of him, such as becoming a track inspector or a manager.
I get to work at 6:30 a.m. and begin my day with reading the safety rules. From there, I brief my manager on the tasks for the day and figure out what we are going to be doing for the day. Before 10 a.m., I have to send in a curfew request and a signal report ticket to the train dispatcher for the next day’s work so they can start planning their routes around our crew. For the rest of the day, I communicate with the dispatchers to see the times we will be able to work on the track. After working on the track, at the end of the day, I complete our production report."