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Machine Operator Engineer

Tacoma, WA
October 14, 2019

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Christopher McGee

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Tacoma, Washington 98409

Home: 253-***-****


Dedicated locomotive engineer and train Conductor with 17 years of experience working under the Federal Railroad Administration as well as committed to customer/employer satisfaction. I also have excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills and am looking for growth-oriented position. As a veteran rail transportation professional, I am experienced with train and railyard operations and proficient in inspecting, switching cars and troubleshoot common equipment problems. I have been responsible for overseeing freight movement, FRA weight compliance, loading, pickling and managing passengers and cargo in a safe and efficient manner. In jobs prior I have operated a crane and forklift. I am knowledgeable about daily routines as it pertains to the four major rail companies operating in the Northwest. I am a detail-oriented and a devoted worker. I am personable, collaborative, and determined to navigate through critical situations in order to produce a sustainable outcome. I will maintain professionalism in stressful times and complete tasks accurately despite interruptions and competing demands.



Hazmat procedures

Overseeing rail car deliveries

Managing yard switching

Mechanical knowledge

Uncoupling expertise

Locomotive inspection

RFID devices

Hand signaling

Routing efficiency

Experienced in First Aid

Operate a fork lift and crane

Operate a train

Replace broken knuckles


Locomotive Engineer 03/1998 11/2012 Tacoma Rail Tacoma, WA

Conducted brake checks and general inspections before work

Prepared reports documenting locomotive issues

Observed tracks to find and repair obstructions

Operated locomotives according to strict delivery and route schedules

Announced route destinations and changes via PA systems

Monitored weather conditions and adapted routes and schedules based on data to avoid delay

Performed emergency and regular maintenance on rail cars and trains during, before and after trips to optimize functionality

Judge and control the speed and clearance distance of cars

Train Conductor 03/1998 10/2012 Tacoma Rail Tacoma, WA

Received and followed directions from train dispatchers

Inspected switches on daily basis

Upheld tight deadlines for delivery of freight and arrival of passengers

Managed railcar loading, unloading and switching

Used hand signals to alert engineers of emergencies, stops or starts, train movement and general directions

Conferred with engineers to plan regular repairs and necessary maintenance stops

Forklift Operator/Crane Operator 01/1996 09/1997 Best Buy/Concrete Tech Tacoma, WA

Stacked, loaded and transported shipment off of trucks safely taking care to avoid damage

Streamlined operational efficiencies with the shifting clutches on forklift and cable cranes, bore piling rigs, and piling equipment

Observed and followed signals from individuals directing moving and positioning of loads

Followed related safety regulations, contract requirements, company policies and operating procedures

Maintained cranes by inspecting for defects or wear, lubricated ropes and winches, and replaced worn out cables

Promoted worksite safety by identifying hazards and reporting or correcting immediately

Calculated load weights and verified lifting capacities to prevent overload

Shipping and Receiving Clerk 08/1996 - 12/1997 Millgard - Tacoma, WA

Rejected deliveries containing damaged items or shortages and corresponded with shipper to rectify issues

Organized storage areas to maximize efficiency of materials and minimize labor required

Directed materials routing by preparing accurate shipping orders, determine best shipping method and procedures, and bills of lading

Confirm inventory accuracy and proper records management by comparing shipment contents with paperwork

Collaborated with carrier representatives to determine receipt methods and make special delivery arrangements

Prepared and processed shipping documents, including work and shipping orders, route materials, and bills of lading

Performed inspections of shipment contents, verifying accuracy against invoices and manifests

Utilized software to organize and maintain shipment records

Machine Operator / Wood Working 02/1996 - 09/1997 Bufflin Tacoma, WA

Monitored machines in operation to detect malfunctions and identify product defects

Selected proper cutting tools and calculated correct parameters to manufacture quality parts

Completed minor machine maintenance, including oiling parts and cleaning components

Maintained accurate and timely completion of log books and inspection reports

Received and correctly processed both written and verbal instructions, prints and work orders

Operated equipment in accordance with company procedures and customer requirements

Maintained assigned equipment and performed daily inspections to increase equipment lifetimes

Set up and operated machines to create high-quality products

Recorded and reported all operational deficiencies to supervisor and maintenance personnel

Education and Training

Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Tacoma, WA

Main Qualification

Hill Qualification


Rosalyn Crawford: Tacoma Rail Operations Supervisor 253-***-****

Lisa Rankin Faircloth: Univ of WA 253-***-****

Marcus Maquics: Locomotive Engineer 253-***-****

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