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Herzog companies was founded in 1969 by William E. Herzog as a heavy/highway construction contractor in the Midwest. Herzog now specializes in Railroad Construction, Transit Operation and Maintenance Services, Civil Construction and Railroad Services nationwide. Our team consists of people who are innovators at heart, continuously exploring new ways to improve our products, services, and, ultimately, the industry. By always challenging ourselves - and each other - to push for more, we keep Herzog at the forefront of the rail industry.


Herzog Services, Inc. is currently looking for Assistant Operators in the Eastern, Western and Central locations of the United States.  This unique career opportunity is ideally suited for "Road Warriors" interested in nationwide travel.  Herzog Operators use state of the art technology to provide rail maintenance to the Class 1 Railroads across the United States. This career opportunity offers paid training, competitive salary, and industry leading per diem. At Herzog we go the extra mile to meet our customer’s needs.  If you are mechanically inclined, like working with technology, and enjoy getting paid to travel this may be the career for you.  If interested in a career with Herzog see below for more information and to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

*This is a non-exhaustive overview of the job duties for this position.

  • Assistant Operators will be required to engage in specific railroad safety courses and may be required to become Rules Qualified to be permitted to operate a motorized vehicle while on rail. These qualifications may be required to be renewed periodically to maintain status.
  • Lubrication of all grease points on the chassis and proprietary testing equipment
  • Overall cleanliness of the interior, exterior and mechanical workings of the test vehicle
  • Maintaining and organizing parts, supplies and consumable inventories
  • Fuel and any other necessary fluids and materials for proper daily operation of the vehicle
  • Preventative Maintenance (Oil Changes, etc.)
  • Compliance with all regulations pertaining to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, including logbooks and inspections
  • Operation of the vehicle at speeds and direction in accordance to testing requirements
  • Safe operation of the vehicle on rail in accordance to specific and general safety regulations
  • Assisting the Chief Operator with test data markers as required
  • Assisting the Chief Operator with marking defects
  • Maintaining equipment and other necessary functions of the test system
  • Drive a Hy-rail equipped rail testing vehicle on and off railroad tracks.
  • Train to become a chief operator.
  • Able to work independently or in a team environment
  • Able to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain high performance level of dependability, reliability, and safety.
  • Must be able to cover travel expenses (if required) until 1st paycheck is processed (approximately 7-10 days after start date)
  • Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality are a requirement for this position.
  • Be on-call and prepared to travel at moment’s notice.
  • Other duties as assigned


Travel Requirements:

  • Extensive travel and time away from your home area within the contiguous 48 states are to be expected. We strive to place employees within reasonable distances from their home area, therefore, tours have the potential to last 5-week periods with 2 days home in between each tour.



  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Previous NDT/NDE/NDI experience is preferred but is not required.
  • Previous railroad experience would be beneficial but is not required.
  • Previous commercial vehicle driving experience preferred.
  • Previous light mechanical repair experience preferred.


Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Pass and maintain e-RAILSAFE pre-employment background check and safety certification.
  • Subject to motor vehicle report review.
  • Maintain valid driver’s license and endorsements as required per position.
  • Pass pre-employment DOT physical, medical evaluation, and drug screen due to the safety sensitive nature of this position.
  • This position requires you to pass and maintain a DOT medical evaluation to drive a Herzog commercial vehicle.
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this role. This position will be physically demanding at times. This is a non-exhaustive overview of the physical requirements for this position.

  • Work in extreme all-weather conditions; uneven surfaces; safety sensitive work environment.
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces over sometimes great distances while maintaining balance.
  • Occasionally lift up to 25 lbs. overhead; occasionally carry weight up to 50 lbs. up to 10 feet.
  • Regularly push-pull with forces up to 50lbs.
  • Regularly use hands to perform activities involving grasping, turning, holding with forces up to 50 lbs.
  • Regularly ascend and descend steps with a height of 18 inches.
  • While seated, frequently look over left and right shoulders with 180 degrees of movement.
  • Frequently bend, crouch, kneel, stand, and sit for extended time.
  • Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow; hear and distinguish auditory signals.
  • Able to work in conditions with loud noise; work on/around heavy/moving machinery.



  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all.



  • Herzog offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental coverage. The plans are specific to projects and locations.


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It is the policy of Herzog Services, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.