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Hostler ​/ Driver ​/ Groundman

Job in Lathrop - San Joaquin County - CA California - USA
Company: Rail Terminal Services
Full Time, Contract position
Listed on 2019-03-15
Job specializations:
  • Skilled Labor/Trades
    Fabrication, General Labor, Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Construction
    Heavy Equipment Operator, Construction Graduate
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Job Description

Background/general summary:

The successful candidate for this position will operate a hostler to move trailers and/or containers to/from parking areas to the tracks for loading as well as chassis to the track for container unloading. Driver may also be required to transport units to/from storage areas for later movement or loading.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Spot units next to assigned railcars for loading of outbound train departures.
  • Pull deramped loads away from track and place them in appropriate parking lot. This requires backing containers/trailers of 20' to 53' into tight spaces.
  • Spot chassis next to railcars for container unloading.
  • Perform all necessary computer functions to maintain accurate inventory.
  • Assist outside drivers as needed to retrieve trailers and containers.
  • Lock and unlock containers to chassis for TOFC or COFC movement.
  • May be required to perform the duties of the groundman as needed, along with any other duty assigned by the supervisor.
  • Will be required to raise hitches on railcars as needed.
  • Performs other duties as requested or required.
  • On Call position


  • High school education or general education development (GED).
  • No CDL required but trailer backing experience preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed, but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to see well enough to read operating and maintenance instructions, gauges and dials on precision measuring tools.
  • Ability to read and comprehend safety manuals, operating and maintenance instructions, test materials, drawings, schematics, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a valid drivers' license to operate company vehicles
  • Must be able to hear and talk well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors, yard workers, and section leaders 100% of time.

Physical Requirements:

  • Be in a physical condition that allows for walking on uneven surfaces, climbing ladders/ steps into and out of the hostler cab, and successfully maneuvering the controls of the hostler to safely move containers, trailers, and chassis.
  • Ability to walk one (1) mile continuously
  • Ability to step up two steps leading with both the left and right legs.
  • Ability to walk on a catwalk in a forward motion and be able to turn around.
  • Ability to walk side-step on a catwalk to place an IBC on top of a container using both right and left hands.
  • Lock/Unlock King Pin: Ability to use 34.2 lbs of force to lock and unlock a king pin.
  • Upper Level Reach -- Ability to perform on sustained basis at equivalent of 95% of the time.
  • Stooping Reach -- Ability to perform on sustained basis at equivalent of 95% of the time.


  • $15.50 to start - Teamster Union
  • Full benefits - contingent on hours worked

We are an EEO/AA Employer and consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Position Requirements
Less than 1 Year work experience
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