Employment Opportunities

Updated September 25, 2014

We are currently seeking Brakemen/Conductors.

Brakeman: $15.25 hr.

Conductor $16.75 hr.

Wheeling & Lake Erie is seeking candidates to train to work as Conductors.  During the training period, trainees are classified as Brakemen.  Upon completion of training, the trainee is promoted to the Conductor position.  Training typically takes about eight (8) weeks.

The conductor is responsible for the supervision of the train crew to which the employee is assigned, and coordination of activities to facilitate the safe movement of freight trains and switching of freight cars. The conductor performs covered service for up to twelve (12) hours each day.  Specific functions include, but are not limited to, obtaining information from the dispatcher, yardmaster, or other personnel in person, in writing, or by communication devices including radio and telephone.  They use computers to receive and transmit information.  They observe, interpret, and relay hand and lantern signals, and they use radio communication. They operate track switches and derails in order to change the route of trains within yards or on the road. They frequently climb ladders on freight cars, operate hand brakes, couple and uncouple air hoses, inspect freight cars, and observe and monitor track conditions.  They get on and off moving equipment. They ride moving cars by hanging on grab irons or ladders, sometimes for extended periods of time. They judge and control the speed and clearance distance of cars.  They prepare required reports and read and interpret work orders and instructions.

Brakemen/Conductors must be able to occasionally lift and carry objects weighing up to eighty-five (85) pounds for long distances.  Conductors must be able to frequently sit for hours at a time while the engine is moving resulting in a rocking motion. Employees must be able to bend, stoop, crouch, twist, reach overhead to lift objects, and meet hearing and vision acuity standards.  Conductors work outdoors in all types of weather and they must be able to walk on uneven and irregular surfaces for long distances.  Conductors must meet vision and hearing acuity standards.

Work Week:

This is not a typical 40 hour work week; the position consists of variable and irregular work hours with irregularly scheduled days off.  Employees may work on an “on call” basis, 24 hours a day, up to six (6) days a week.  Employees regularly work weekends and holidays.


Travel is required, and personnel must be able to report to work two hours after notification.  Overnight stays may be required. Employees must be willing and able to work at any point on the railroad.


Must provide your own transportation.


Acceptance of promotion to the position of locomotive engineer is required.

Drug Free Workplace:

Employees are subject to random alcohol and drug testing as required by federal regulations. Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway has a policy of zero tolerance.

Driving Record:

Individuals with a conviction for, or completed state action to cancel, revoke, suspend, or deny a motor vehicle driver’s license for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence or impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance in the previous thirty-six (36) months will not be considered for employment.


A High School diploma or GED equivalent is required.

Age requirement:

Applicants must be age 18 or older.


Wheeling & Lake Erie Offers an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life, short-term disability, paid personal leave, paid vacation, profit sharing, 401(k) plan, railroad retirement, and college scholarships for children of our employees.

How to apply:

If you are interested in a career with Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company, please submit your cover letter and resume to  jburley@wlerwy.com


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