Programming operator (railway) - Salary and Career
Metrorail transport technicians

Programming operator (railway) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They coordinate the circulation of trains and subway-rail maintenance vehicles, control and schedule train circulation schedules. They manage the station and control the activities of yards and terminals, operate equipment and electrical systems. They provide user support services and supervise the work team. They fill out reports, spreadsheets, dispatch documents, operational diary and incident reports.

How much does an Programming operator (railway) earn

A Programming operator (railway) earns between $1.233 and $6.250 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.331 and a median salary of $1.583 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.365 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Programming operator (railway)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.331 27.974 583 11
1º Quartile 1.233 14.798 308 6
Median Salary 1.583 18.996 396 8
3º Quartile 4.766 57.195 1.192 23
Higher Salary 6.250 74.996 1.562 30


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in transport services
      • transport technicians (logistics)
        • metrorail transport technicians

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Main workplaces

Metrorail transport technicians they work on railways and subways, as salaried employees, with a formal contract. They work as a team in the execution of integrated works and in the elaboration of strategies, with permanent supervision. They work indoors and in shifts. May be subject to stressful situations and exposed to flammable material.


What does it take to work in the field of Metrorail transport technicians

The exercise of these occupations requires a high school technical course. There is a tendency to increase the qualification requirements, due to the modernization of the operational control systems. Part of the learning takes place on the job itself.


Functions and activities of Programming operator (railway)

Metrorail transport technicians must:

  • control yard and terminal activities;
  • operating electrical equipment and systems;
  • communicate;
  • coordinating circulation of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
  • supervise team work;
  • coordinate circulation of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
  • administer station;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • operate electrical equipment and systems;
  • schedule train circulation;
  • elaborate documentation;
  • coordinate movement of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
  • manage station;
  • schedule trains;
  • provide support service to users and customers;
  • supervise work team;

  • Activities

    • plan train formation;
    • operate local control panel (pcl);
    • provide return of fixed equipment and trains to their operational condition;
    • demonstrate clarity;
    • operate operational supervision room;
    • inform the customer about abnormalities in the metro rail system;
    • deliver training to employees;
    • inform the customer about cargo in transit;
    • make bank deposits;
    • demonstrate emotional balance ability;
    • replace faulty and damaged trains;
    • receive visitors;
    • adapt language;
    • require employee retraining and training;
    • fill book and incident reports;
    • provide first aid;
    • complete loading and unloading movement sheets;
    • maneuver trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles;
    • remove damaged trains;
    • request maintenance of fixed equipment and trains;
    • distribute electrical supply;
    • demonstrate objectivity;
    • write correctly;
    • distribute train schedule to supervisor and agents;
    • create reports;
    • prove leadership;
    • consult occurrence book;
    • operate auxiliary equipment (ventilation and water pumps);
    • isolate areas and fixed operational equipment for maintenance;
    • demonstrate gestural quality;
    • drive the physically disabled for boarding and disembarking;
    • set vacation schedule;
    • authorize movement of trains;
    • orient employees;
    • positioning lane switches for circulation (manual or remote);
    • send items found at the station to the lost and found section of receiving center;
    • inform the control center of occurrences at the station;
    • deliver cargo and cargo documentation to the customer;
    • control fleet train availability;
    • make areas and fixed operational equipment available for maintenance activity ;
    • supervise use of personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • allocate locomotives and wagons according to demand;
    • acting with initiative;
    • fill in freight and train dispatch documents;
    • show organization;
    • dispatch trains from the yard, according to the timetable;
    • contact power supplier in situations of abnormality;
    • plan formation of trains;
    • assign employees;
    • record electricity consumption;
    • rebuild train after maintenance;
    • evaluate services provided by third parties;
    • work as a team;
    • supervise customer service (box office, turnstile and information);
    • immobilize trains with shim;
    • seal and reseal wagons;
    • operating electrical substations;
    • authorize maintenance, cleaning and training services on trains;
    • operate passenger flow control equipment (escalator, turnstile, door access);
    • operate movement control systems and movement of trains ;
    • sell tickets;
    • evaluate employee performance;
    • advise machinists and train operators on track abnormalities and train;
    • set priorities for train circulation;
    • elaborate operational diary (of);
    • demonstrate dynamism;
    • check cargo documentation;
    • control movement of trains and metro railway maintenance vehicles in the lines and courtyards;
    • determine wagon positioning at loading and unloading point;
    • define strategies for solving operational problems;
    • execute strategies to solve operational problems;
    • test electrical equipment;
    • inspect electrical equipment;
    • form trains (composition);
    • distribute tasks;
    • answer queries and customer complaints;
    • manage inventory of consumables;
    • supervise station security;
    • participate in team meetings;
    • demonstrate diffuse attention capacity;
    • forward user for emergency medical care;
    • receive cargo and cargo documentation;
    • analyze information received from stations and trains;
    • schedule trains;
    • forward service invoice to customer;
    • express yourself correctly;
    • control movement of trains and metro rail maintenance vehicles in the lines and courtyards;
    • plan crossing and passing trains;
    • perform train crossings and overtaking;
    • call fire brigade, military police, ambulance and environmental agencies in case of accidents;
    • consult operational data system;
    • check financial transactions;
    • enter information in the operational data system;
    • operate control systems (electrical, traffic and passengers);
    • make note of employee attendance;
    • demonstrate distributed attention ability;
    • evaluate functional conduct;
    • request authorization for circulation;
    • determine positioning of locomotives for supply and inspection;
    • check cargo conditions (weight, packaging and volume);


    Sectors that hire Programming operator (railway) the most in the job market

    • road, bridge, tunnel and related services concessionaires
    • collective passenger road transport, with fixed itinerary, municipal
    • water collection, treatment and distribution
    • cargo rail transport
    • combined building support services
    • surveillance and private security activities
    • municipal and metropolitan passenger rail transport
    • temporary labor lease
    • road transport of cargo, except dangerous goods and removals, intercity, interstate and international
    • building construction




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