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Founded in 1969, Herzog is headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, with a satellite office in Fort Worth, Texas.


Over the course of our 50+ year history, Herzog has become a national leader in the construction, operations and maintenance of commuter rail, light rail, streetcar, and freight rail projects.  


We believe our culture is at the heart of our existence. It is that belief which empowers every member of our professional family to act with purpose and passion as they advance their career throughout their personal pursuit of excellence.


Backed by over five decades of experience, Herzog delivers exceptional customer service and elite results. 


Our success is the outcome of our relentless pursuit of excellence, our passion for our customers, safety without compromise, and a deep-rooted belief in the power of team.


We invite you to join us on our journey to excellence as we work to be better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today.


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 starting at $60,000 annually with the potential to earn up to $95,000 annually, and per diem of $155/day. 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 consistent engagement, participation and promotion of Herzog’s Culture and its essential behaviors are a requirement for this position
  • 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. 
  • Must successfully pass color/vision examinations as required by the position
  • 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 pounds overhead; occasionally carry weight up to 50 pounds up to 10 feet.
  • Regularly push-pull with forces up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly use hands to perform activities involving grasping, turning, holding with forces up to 50 pounds.
  • 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.
  • Must successfully pass color/vision examinations as required by the position.
  • Must be able to 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.


Why Herzog:

Led by our beliefs and executed through our behaviors, at Herzog we build upon each other’s contributions by collaborating to make great things possible.


When you join Herzog, we give you the ability and authority to do the same. We will help you take charge of your 20 square feet in a manner that you will facilitate your growth and advancement as a person, as a member of our professional family and in your career.


If you are interested in joining our team, click the Apply button below to start an application.


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.