The main duty of yard officials is the safe marshalling and transport of trainloads. They control the shunting movements of passenger coaches and goods wagons using radio communication or hand signals.
Yard officials work in shunting yards where trains are loaded and unloaded. The contents of the trucks vary from heavy ore to livestock.
Yard officials connect trucks to the correct locomotive and ensure that all trucks are properly coupled. They also make sure that the train has sufficient braking force for the proposed journey. They need to keep the external condition of trucks in order. They may be required to feed livestock where necessary and check cooling units. Obviously, special precautions need to be taken when shunting trucks carrying explosives.
How to Enter
Schooling & School Subjects
Grade 10 Certificate
What to Study
The yard official receives training by working in a team with qualified persons.
Theoretical and practical training is also offered at larger centres such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, Germiston, Esselen Park.
Transnet Freight Rail
21 Wellington Road
Private Bag X47
Tel: (011) 544-9368 / (011) 773-5006
Fax (011) 544-9599
- try to obtain vacation or part-time work with Spoornet
- speak to yard officials about this type of work and ask permission to observe them at work