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Workin’ on the Railroad: CSX Careers | Fast Forward

On Fast Forward, we’ve met environmental
engineers, process engineers, acoustic engineers, mechanical engineers,
electrical engineers, structural design engineers, technical development
engineers, flight control systems engineers, agricultural engineers, civil
engineers, and industrial engineers… Just to name a few. But we just found one kind of engineer we haven’t met yet. Today’s the day! Today, Fast Forward is visiting CSX, a company that combines cutting edge technology with one of the nation’s most
established modes of transportation. CSX is the biggest railroad east of the
Mississippi, with more than 3000 people across the state of Georgia working on
the railroad. So I’ll let them tell you a little more about the place. CSX hauls freight anywhere from grain, ethanol, propane, gasoline, plastics… Just about anything that you would come in contact with on a daily basis was hauled by a train across the United States. We mainly deliver for the east coast. We run as far south as Florida, all the way up to Canada. Everything you see within this room, within in your classrooms, where you’re at at one time or one form is probably riding on one of our trains. And it’s how I make my living Nice! So how big is this operation? CSX operates 36,000 miles of track throughout its 23 state network. 36,000 miles?! That’s a lot of track to–well keep track of. And CSX employees actually weld
all those rails together. A little help?? That’s Cullen’s expertise there. Then he’s the perfect person to tell us about the different types of welding. The electrical welding is what everybody thinks of when we when we talk about
welding. That’s where they’re striking the arc and you see the guys wearing a
welding hoods and what not. Thermite welding is pretty railroad specific. Thermite welding? It’s actually a chemical reaction. What we do is in order to make the rail bond, we have to heat the rail ends up 800 degrees and that gets the metal consistency where we need to let the molten steel bond to it. But the actual thermite itself is a powder. It’s aluminum oxide and iron ore powder. And we use a magnesium starter and that ignites it. And once it ignites, the chemical
reaction actually produces so much heat that it melts the steel. The pure iron will drop down into the mold in between the two rails, fuse them
together and it makes our rail the clickety-clack. And the joints, they’re out there we get rid all that. We make it a smooth transition. It’s no more speed bumps for the trains. Now if only you could do something
about those speed traps. So tell me about the trains. The lightest rail car that we have is over 15 tons. And that is one car. So a standard freight train could haul
over a hundred cars, could be tens of thousands of tons. CSX trains, depending on the track,
passenger trains from travel up to 79 miles an hour. The larger locomotives are rated for up
to 4,000 horsepower. Your smaller locomotives can range anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 horsepower. That’s a lot of horsepower. And speaking of that… time for a teachable moment. Horsepower is simply a way of measuring power. And to understand exactly what power is, you need to start with force, which is the push or pull exerted on an object
measured in Newtons. When you measure that force over a distance, such as the energy it takes to move a 50,000 ton train a thousand miles, you get the work measured in joules. And when you measure that work over a period of time, you get the power. Or in this case, horsepower. That’s a cow. Better! Anyhow… Inventor James Watt first coined the term
“horsepower” back in the 18th century while looking for a way to measure the
power of his steam engine. Because there was no accepted unit of measurement at
the time, he used horses as a benchmark for comparison. Therefore one unit of horsepower
equals the average effort generated by a single draft horse. Later, a different unit of measure was developed that could be used in
conjunction with the metric system. This new unit was named the watt, after James Watt. And 761 watts are about equal to one unit of horsepower. Sorry, guys. so what kinds of jobs do you have here at CSX? The railroad has jobs available for
all aspects of talent. We look for people that are high school graduates all the way up to college graduates. We can start off with conductors, yard masters. You have train masters,
you have terminal superintendents division managers and you even have other departments such as safety, health and environment. We even have personnel here that do personal training for us. So a lot of opportunity. And CSX is also a great place to work if
your future includes military service. Military has become a very important part of CSX And the people that come from the military have a discipline that is needed to work
in the railroad industry. In fact one out of every five CSX employees
has a military background. Anyone? I am actually in the Army Reserves. The US Army National Guard. I went in the military. I got the GI Bill.
And now I’m utilizing it. I’m working here for CSX and getting my
college paid for by the GI Bill. So after high school, whether you’re heading to the military or college or getting straight to work, CSX could work for you. I really enjoy watching the young
people come through here. We have men, as well as women, that are very well trained and good at their job. You know the biggest benefit of working for CSX is that you know that you’re working for a company that’s making a contribution. A company that is that is really
helping to drive our economy. As the railroad goes, so does our American economy and so does the Georgia economy. I think the opportunities here
are beyond the limits. Limits never pay too much attention, which is probably why Fast Forward and
CSX are such a great match. Right now, I’ve got a train to catch. But I’ll see you on another episode of Fast Forward.

9 Replies to “Workin’ on the Railroad: CSX Careers | Fast Forward”

  • And now CSX has 50% less employees 30% less miles of track 1000s of customers lost being sued by stock holders and looking for a merger to survive with whats left. Thanks Hunter Harrison hope your new home is hot as hell!

  • They love the military but they came out with the Honoring first responders and Honoring our Veterans in 2019. This video was posted in 2013 so 6 years later is when they finally created those engines

  • 1. Protect the TWO MAN CREW BILL (HR 1748 Safe Freight Act) It’s about public safety and jobs.
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    You have all got this wrong when it come to 2 man crew verses one man
    crew when all you do is worry about losing jobs. Its common sense
    thousands of railroad workers will lose their jobs if all the railroads
    are allowed to go to 1 man crews. That's an issue you need to take up
    with TRUMP! He claims he is creating jobs then let him do something
    about people keeping the ones they have!
    This is about safety. This is about saving lives. Not just crew lives
    but the American people as well. CSX preaches safety every single day.
    Its in their rule books and in their advertising. Its 24 hour a day
    safety…safety….safety. Well let them put their money where their
    mouths are. Pay for safety. Keep 2 men in the cab.
    The public has no idea what we deal with. Tell your neighbors about how
    many cars we hit and people are killed every year when they are hit by
    trains. Explain to them how the engineer is in the cab calling the
    dispatcher and getting 911 called. He is taking care of anything that
    may be wrong with the locomotive. He stays with the train. Tell them
    how the conductor gets down and rushes to the vehicle to see if he can
    possibly save a life. Maybe a baby is in the car and needs to be helped
    or maybe the parents can be removed and need CPR. Maybe he can comfort
    someone who is dying or in shock or screaming because they are severely
    injured . Tell them about how we hit live stock and large deer. Tell
    them how people love to put junk on the tracks. Shopping carts,
    bicycles, steel barrows, wheelchairs and even abandoned cars. Tell them
    about how many trees we hit a year and do extensive damage to the
    locomotive. The engineer stays with the locomotives and assess the
    damage and does what is necessary to radio dispatchers for help while
    the conductors gets down and removes debris and check the rest of the
    train for any damage or signs of derailment. Tell them about the
    territory that is in the middle of TIM BUCK TWO! The places where no
    one can get to you fast unless you have a helicopter. How will they go bathroom now without two people to keep the train going down the tracks unless they have to stop not blocking crossings or take lunch. Tell them how radios don't always work in remote locations. Telemetry drops out and communication is lost. How many times does a conductor have to go back
    and trouble shoot another unit after alarms are going off. The engineer
    keeps the train rolling the best he can while the conductor checks the
    computers and checks to see if it is loading. Tell them about the blind
    curves that only one crew member can see around when your approaching
    public crossings or trees that block signals so that only one crew
    member can see them until you get the train right on top of them. Tell
    them about wash outs from floods, and heat warped rail and fog so thick
    you cant see a foot in front of you. SO WHAT IF YOU GOT PTC!! PTC does
    not tell you if a car in stopped on the tracks or a tree is across it
    or a person is walking in the tracks or there is 5 inches of water over
    the rail! Tell them how crew members have been attacked and some have
    even been killed by gang thugs and trespassers. A single man has no
    chance in hell in these situations. It is better to have someone else
    with you to keep watch when working in bad areas and ghetto rail yards.
    The list goes on and on. Tell them how the company took away the right
    of the crew members to take a power nap. One crew member is supposed to
    call stopped every 15 minutes while they are waiting on line of road. As
    long as someone is awake and doing this and paying attention there is no
    reason on god green earth while a tired crew member cant take a 20
    minute power nap. Tell them how crews are run into the ground and some
    are called out every 10 hours around the clock. They work all hours of
    the day and night and most have no weekends off. The company wont even
    let them have a power nap. What is going to happen when there is only 1
    man on the train by himself and he is just plain worn out or is sick and
    afraid to take a day off because of the companies new attendance policy
    which is just absolutely insane. People come to work sick all the time.
    Vomiting, diarrhea, fevers and the flu doesn't stop them because they
    are in fear of losing their jobs. How is a sick man who is all by
    himself going to be able to make a full run safely and without risking
    his life or the publics when he doesn't have his other crew member to
    help keep him alert. The engineer has many roles and duties as well as
    the conductor. There are times when something happens that it is a must
    for an engineer to be on board and ready to take instructions while the
    conductor handles the rest of the responsibilities. There are so many
    things that go into railroading and running trains that the public
    doesn't know a thing about.
    has ever been brought forward in the history of the railroad industry.
    And for what? To save a damn dollar. To line someone's pockets. To make
    someone rich. Who care who gets killed. Who care about the destruction
    to family lives. I don't know about you but I sure the hell do and so
    should every person in America!

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