Transnet Assistant Train Driver Learnership opportunities

Transnet invites qualifying candidates to apply for the Assistant Train Driver Learnership opportunities.


  1. Ogies, South Africa
  2. Ermelo, South Africa

Learnership overview

  • Operating Division: Transnet Freight Rail
  • Employee Group: Trainee
  • Department: OP-COR-EXEC-TCM-Diesel Team A-EMR
  • Reporting To: Section Manager: Train Traffic
  • Grade: SSTFT

Position Purpose

Assist the Train Driver in the safe and efficient driving/handling of all different types of trains/locomotive consists (airbrake, vacuum, high speed, heavy haul and passengers) to ensure that the customers freight/cargo reaches its destination in good condition, on time, in order to enable the organisation to satisfy the customers’ needs.

Position Outputs

  • Sign on duty at designated work place and be allocated duties to be performed for the duration of the shift.
    • Determine which locomotive to be prepared
    • Obtain and place equipment on locomotive
    • Check and supplement prescribed equipment
    • Clean working area
    • Assist with starting up of locomotive as prescribed assist with locomotive brake tests
    • Couple locomotive
    • Sign on duty
    • Despatch locomotive

  • Prepare locomotives
    • Determine which locomotive to be prepared
    • Obtain and place equipment on locomotive
    • Check and supplement prescribed equipment
    • Clean working area
    • Assist with starting up of locomotive as prescribed
    • Assist with locomotive brake tests

  • Prepare communication equipment
    • Obtain radio’s/handsets/walkie talkie/telemeters when applicable
    • Check functionality of communication equipment 4
    • Performs the pre-trip preparation of the Locomotives and the whole Train prior the departure to adhere to roadworthiness and train working rules and safety standards
    • Attach/detach vehicles according to works order in absence of yard personnel
    • Mount telemeters where necessary
    • Complete vehicle list and vacuum form
    • Mount train indicators
    • Examine train
    • Do brake test in conjunction with train driver

  • Execute shunting activities in sidings and enroute according to directives to enhance safe working procedures.
    • Obtain works order
    • Perform shunting/ placing/ removing of trucks as per works order
  • Update vehicle list
    • Place and clear load/empty trucks at siding
    • Assist the train driver enroute to ensure the safe movement of the train from a required point to the destination, without delays or damage to locomotives, wagons, infrastructure track and other equipment, to ensure predictable service.

  • Verbally compare signal positions and display with train driver
    • Observe proceeding trains patrol locomotives
    • Reset locomotive trip-outs
  • Observe safe running of train
    • Protect train during incidents · Assist train driver during emergency circumstances
  • Comply to safety standards and laid down instruction to ensure that he is well motivated and competent. 

  • Provide accurate feedback timeously to the Train Driver regarding any incidents and deviations along the route 
  •  Assist in performing various administration duties 
  • Complete the Train journal and submit to the Section manager at sign-off after every shift to ensure timeous and accurate processing of monthly salary.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Grade 12 with pure Mathematics and/or Physical Science
  • Be prepared to undergo periodic medical surveillance and safety behavioral risk assessments during the selection process and every 12 months.

Other Requirements

  • Physical hearing, vision, mental, fitness (to be verified through medical tests and related safety behavioural risk assessments)
  • The operator shall not allow employees younger than 21 years of age to undertake train driver or train control duties. (SANS 3000, par

The following minimum Trainee pre-requisite:

  1. The candidate should be a minimum of 1.6m tall.
  2. Psychomotor ability (to be assessed through Vienna Testing System (VTS) standard)
  3. Ability to carry heavy objects Functional Training.
  4. Be prepared to successfully undergo Train Assistant duties (theoretical and practical) so as to be certified to work independently as a Train Assistant.
  5. Be willing, prepared and capable to obtain a Train Assistant duties certificate (theoretical and practical) successfully and be certified to work independently as Train Assistant.

How to Apply

You apply online for these Learnership opportunities. Proceed as follows to apply:

  1. Visit the Transnet careers portal where all open roles are advertised.
  2. For Trainee Assistant vacancies, read through and ensure you have understood all the Learnership requirements.
  3. Proceed and apply if you meet the minimum requirements.

We wish you all the best with your application.

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