Employment Opportunities

Updated January 2, 2015


Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company is experiencing a tremendous growth in business.  To handle this growth, we are seeking individuals to work as Conductors on the railroad.  This position provides a unique work environment for those who prefer to work outdoors.  We provide paid training , attractive earning potential, and an excellent benefit package.  This position is not for everyone as it requires working irregular and long hours at various locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Many of our conductors work on call which requires the ability to report for duty with two hours’ notice.

During the approximately eight-week training period, the rate of pay is $15.25 hr.  Once training is completed and the employee is working as a conductor, the rate of pay increases to $16.75 hr.  Conductors are required to accept promotion to the position of locomotive engineer which pays $18.96 hr.  The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway  Company benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, life insurance, 401(k), railroad retirement, profit sharing, paid personal leave, paid vacation, and college scholarships for the children of our employees.

We are seeking candidates with a stable work history and demonstrated verbal comprehension, communication, reasoning, and problem solving skills. A High School Diploma or GED is required.  A valid driver’s license is also required.  A DUI/OVI on your record in the last three years will exclude you from consideration for this position.

The Conductor’s responsibilities may include:

General supervision of train crew to which assigned

Reading train orders and other written instructions

Coordinating train movements with engineer and other crew member(s)

Communicating with engineer using radio and/or lantern

Completing necessary paperwork

Using a computer

Lining switches and derails

Setting and releasing brakes

Coupling and uncoupling air hoses

Coupling and releasing cars

Riding on moving equipment

Mounting and dismounting moving equipment

Climbing vertical ladders

Occasional heavy lifting

Reading colored signals

Other duties as assigned

Promotion to Engineer is required


Wheeling & Lake Erie is a drug-free workplace; pre-employment and random testing are required.


Apply: If you believe railroading is the career for you, submit your resume via email to  Joe Burley, Vice President Human Resources at jburley@wlerwy.com.



Locomotive Technician Apprentice

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company is seeking persons with diesel mechanic and electrical training to participate in our locomotive technician apprenticeship program. Our locomotive mechanical department maintains our fleet of diesel locomotives. This work involves a wide variety of activities ranging from fueling locomotives to complete engine rebuilds. The work is performed primarily at our Brewster shop facility, but may require service at anylocation on the railroad.

Essential job functions include maintaining, repairing, inspecting, testing, overhauling, reconditioning, restructuring, machining, and rebuilding the locomotives, their
components and systems.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Heavy mechanical repair experience- diesel and electric
  • Formal diesel mechanic education training program is desired
  • Verbal comprehension, communication, reasoning, and problem solving skills
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid driver’s license

Physical requirements:

  • Heavy work, lifting up to 85 pounds regularly and up to 100 pounds occasionally
  • Stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, balance, climb, twist, work overhead, reach, walking on uneven surfaces, standing on hard surfaces for long periods

Working conditions:

  • Work safely at all times in compliance with all safety and operating rules
  • Irregular work hours which may include overtime (Employees must be able to work any shift, any day of the week.)
  • Complete required training
  • Employees work in the shop and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Employees work in confined spaces and at or above elevated heights

Rate of pay

  • $16.62 hr. starting rate of pay
  • $17.27 after one year of training
  • $19.88 upon completion of training

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company provides a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, dental, life insurance, short-term disability, railroad retirement, 401(k) plan, profit sharing, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid personal leave, and college scholarships for dependents.

Apply:  Submit your resume for consideration to jburley@wlerwy.com,


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