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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.


TransitAmerica Services, Inc. is currently seeking Assistant Conductors in San Jose, CA. The Assistant Conductor is responsible for assisting the Conductor with the supervision and administration of crew responsibilities and the safe movement of the Caltrain passenger and work trains between San Francisco and Gilroy, with multiple stops, and other locations as required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

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

  • Assists in supervising the operation and administration of the train while ensuring that equipment is operated in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with Federal and State regulations, General Code of Operating Rules, Caltrain Air Brake & Train Handling Rules, Caltrain Timetables and Special Instructions, Caltrain Safety Rules, Union Pacific Timetable and Special Instructions, TransitAmerica Policies and procedures and JPB Contractual and Service Instructions.
  • Provide customer service to all passengers as required and upon request or as needed.
  • Accepts responsibility for the safety and security of all passengers and crew members.
  • Accepts responsibility for compliance with rules and regulations without direct supervision.
  • Be qualified on the current version of all applicable operating rules.
  • Report to the designated home terminal at the assigned time to:
    • 1. Perform a job briefing.
    • 2. Perform the necessary procedures to qualify the consist prior to departing the maintenance facility.
    • 3. Position the train at the originating station prior to scheduled departure time.
  • Be required to interface with passengers and respond to passenger questions and concerns.
  • Make public address announcements as necessary.
  • Perform switching assignments as requested in cooperation with other departments.
  • Work in inclement weather
  • Perform all required inspections, tests, procedures and complete all required paperwork.
  • Identify and document equipment defects on the Daily Equipment Inspection Report.
  • Work rotating shifts that include nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Work as a crew member along with the Locomotive Engineer and Conductor assigned to their equipment.
  • Perform onboard fare inspection activities as required.
  • Perform the duties of railroad Incident Commander at any accident or incident scene the train/crew is involved in.
  • The employee can be depended on to report to work at the scheduled time and is seldom absent from work.
  • The essential duties and responsibilities contained herein describe the scope of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.
  • Initiate the performance of a job briefing with all affected persons.
  • Must wear the required uniform in the performance of duties
  • Interfaces with all Caltrain/ACE/Amtrak passengers.
  • Interfaces with JPB representatives.
  • Interfaces with host railroad dispatchers and personnel.
  • Interfaces with TASI Managers/Supervisors and employees.
  • Interfaces with Federal, State and Local regulatory and emergency service personnel.
  • Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality are a requirement for this position.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • A valid state motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • A high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • No previous railroad experience is required. Experience in commuter rail operations, is preferable.
  • Any combination of education and experience that could provide the knowledge and ability to pass the required initial and annual examinations.
  • Crew members must have sufficient equipment knowledge and aptitude to restore equipment failures with support from the maintenance of equipment personnel.
  • Must not have had any railroad operating rule violations or any positive drug and alcohol test results within the past five years.
  • CPR/AED/First Aid qualified
  • Ability to successfully complete all training and on-going training as required by the job.
  • Must be able to remain calm, rational and professional at all times while on duty.
  • Must be able to react calmly and effectively in emergency and life-threatening situations.
  • Must be able to speak and write clearly in the English language.
  • Must be capable of communicating clearly and effectively with others.
  • Initiates and responds to oral and written communication.
  • Must be able to successfully complete CPR/AED/First Aid certification training and be able to administer in any situation while on duty.
  • Makes every effort to improve knowledge and skills to be the best in the profession.
  • Adheres to the highest levels of professionalism by demonstrating honesty, integrity and maturity.
  • Must be able to effectively change tasks at a moment's notice when the situation requires.


Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Subject to pre-employment background check and motor vehicle report review.
  • Maintain a 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 of this job.

  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces up to one-half mile.
  • Maintain balance for an extended period of time while train is in motion.
  • Must be able to be aware of surroundings and follow verbal commands while being exposed to moderately loud noises on a daily basis.
  • Work in a confined access/space environment with a width of 16 inches.
  • Must be able to adapt to various temperature extremes including but not limited to heat, cold, moisture and wind. 
  • Regularly sit and stand for an extended period of time.
  • Able to tolerate repetitive movements, squatting/bending, and overhead reaching.
  • Able to lift up to shoulder height and horizontally transfer up to 35 pounds for a distance up to 10 feet.
  • Regularly kneel, bend, squat for extended periods of time.
  • Regularly reach overhead.
  • Regularly grasp/squeeze equipment with a force up to 20 pounds.
  • Regularly ascend/descend a platform with a height of up to 36 inches from the floor.
  • Regularly ascend and descend an 8 step ladder while carrying up to 20 pounds.
  • Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow; hear and distinguish auditory signals
  • Able to work in a safety sensitive work environment.



  • 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 TransitAmerica 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.