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Signalman, Railway

Aliases: Cabinman

Industry/Sector(s): Railways


JOB DESCRIPTION 1
The tasks a Signalman, Railway is expected to perform include:
  • Controlling the flow of railway traffic over the section of line within his/her jurisdiction
  • Operating the signals recorded on the control graph
  • Setting points from the control tower or cabin as per the instructions from the Station Master
  • Receiving and transmitting information about the train's movement by bell signal and telephone
  • Exchanging secret numbers from the Train Dispatcher or Station Master at the railway station
  • Operating the lever on which the slot is transferred by the Train Dispatcher
  • Controlling the movement of the shunting traffic within the railway yards
  • Setting points and lowering signals when signalled by the Shunting Worker and Pilot Worker
  • Adjusting distant signals by slackening the signals wires at night and tightening them in the morning
  • Adjusting the screws and reporting defects to the senior officers
  • Signalling the trains at night when visibility is poor using a hand lamp
  • Fixing the fog signals on the railway line at fixed distances to restrict speed 
  • Stopping the train in an emergency during the day or night when the signals are off and allowing the train to proceed further
  • Maintaining contact with the Station Master by telephone and providing information about the traffic movement on lines within his/her jurisdiction
  • Maintaining contact with the Shunting Worker through hand signals for proper shunting operations
  • Cleaning and oiling the levers to keep them in perfect order
WORK ENVIRONMENT 6, 12
  • It needs one to be on their toes
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is not a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Working hours are 8 hours everyday for 6 days a week
  • Shift system is available
  • Overtime is available
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

May be

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 6

Minimum - Matriculation or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Knowledge of the standard procedures to be followed in signalling
  • Knowledge of traffic rules regarding trains
  • Familiar with adequate signal techniques
  • Ability to protect the line in an emergency and during work that affects the track
  • Knowledge of the procedure to be followed once the train has departed
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Ability to control the opening and closing of the gates at level crossings
  • Knowledge of how to light signal lights at night at small railway stations
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

All colleges across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

http://mhrd.gov.in/scholarships-education-loan-0 

SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

Coming soon

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 8

Signalman, Railway → Senior Signaller → Head Signaller → Inspector Signaller Grade II → Inspector Signaller Grade I

Transfer option
  • India: Yes
  • Abroad: No
EXPECTED EARNINGS 7

For new entrants - Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,200 per month 

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 6

Training for up to one year is required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 

Indian Railways 

KEYWORDS 
  • Signalman, Railway
  • Cabinman
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
Standard Code Description
NCO 2015 8312.0100 Signalman, Railway
ISCO 2008 8312 Railway Braker, Signal and Switch Operators
NIC 2008 49110 Passenger rail transport
QP Reference - -
NSQF - -
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