Norfolk Southern launches 2012 hiring in Harrisburg
Norfolk Southern is seeking applicants to fill about two dozen positions as train conductors based in the Harrisburg region. Applicants should arrive by 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 , and expect to spend the entire day. The railroad anticipates adding 2,600 new employees in 2012 to meet the growing demand for freight rail service and to replace employees retiring during the coming years. Norfolk Southern hired more than 3,800 employees in 2011.

Conductor Job Description: You'll start as a conductor trainee, operate track switches, couple cars and work on freight trains in rail yards or travel with trains. Most of these jobs involve working outdoors, and night, weekend, and holiday shifts. Substantial travel may be involved, and you might spend a day or more per week away from your home terminal. You must be able to perform tasks that require pulling, controlling, and climbing on and off equipment. Watch this video to learn more. This job leads to becoming a locomotive engineer.

Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Those who receive a job offer are required to successfully complete a pre-employment screening, including a medical exam, drug test, and criminal background check. For more information, go to the careers' website, or contact Norfolk Southern’s Human Resources Help Desk at (800) 267-3313.

About Norfolk Southern: Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.