Trainee Train Assistant – Transnet

A Train Assistant job is to assist the Train Driver in the movement of the train and to convey information to the client centre and route to enhance the safe, fast movement of commodities. Training to become a Train Assistant is hard and requires physical ability to lift and carry objects.


  • Grade 12 with Mathematics
  • At least 1.6 metres tall
  • Visual acuity
  • Physically able to lift and carry objects (be prepared to be subjected to assessment of physical abilities)
  • Possess the following skills:
    • Psycho Motor
    • Depth perception
    • Communication (reading, written and verbal)
    • Prepared to work overtime
    • Prepared to work shifts


  • Check and supplement prescribed equipment i.e. pantograph hook stick (± 5kg), jumper cables (± 10kg), etc.
  • Coupled locomotive (multiple set) through air and vacuum hoses, jumper cable and ensure correct functioning of automatic coupler between locomotives
  • Dispatch locomotives, operating hand operated points
  • Attached and/or detach vehicles according to works order in absence of yard personnel (Equivalent of 45kg)
  • Mount telemeters (where necessary) i.e. mount (front unit = 5.17kg) (rear unit = 8.06kg)
  • Remove and carry train indicators to last vehicle and mount (side and rear indicators) (± 10kg), required to board vehicle to effect proper mounting
  • Attach/detach trucks as per works-order (manual application of equipment; standing of vehicle walking alongside moving vehicles)
  • Obtain radios/handsets/two way communication radios/telemeters when applicable (carrying of communication equipment and place on footplate or mount on vehicle) Prepared communication equipment

How to Apply

You may view the advert and apply online HERE

Reference number: 50012172

The closing date is on 22.06.2018. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that HR has received the application
before the closing date of the advertisement.

Note: if you have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date of this advertisement please consider your application as unsuccessful.

Any questions regarding the application or recruitment process should be sent in writing to BEAUTY.MAMAFHA@TRANSNET.NET