Yard Official

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.



Further Information

Transnet Freight Rail
Head Office
Inyanda House
21 Wellington Road
Parktown, 2193
Private Bag X47
Johannesburg, 2000
Tel: (011) 544-9368 / (011) 773-5006
Fax (011) 544-9599

Getting Started

  • 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