OTM Driver/Operator/Fitter
Colas Rail UK
London, UK
6d ago

Location : London to Northampton.

Purpose of The Job

To drive, operate and maintain on track machines in a safe manner, in accordance with the Competency Based Standards for Operator Driver Maintainers, and in accordance with the Colas Rail Railway Safety Case

Key Accountabilities

Safety & Ethics- Support the implementation of the Business Conduct Guidelines, Colas Rail Limited Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) strategy, associated actions and resulting initiatives, to deliver continuous improvement in all areas.

Excellence- Ensure work is carried out with a continuous view to profitability and efficiency and look after our shareholders by guaranteeing that they see value for money and a profitable business.

Quality is key to competitiveness. Take responsibility for delivering on time and on budget a high quality product or service, which Colas Rail can take pride in.

People- Demonstrate respect for colleagues, our clients and the environment in all areas of work.

Principal Accountabilities

Responsible for booking on and off duty at the time and place directed by duty manager or senior production manager

Report fit for duty (physically, emotionally and mentally)

Wear personal protective clothing (P.P.C.) as supplied

Maintain clear and open communications, verbal and written, with Rugby Rail Plant Control Room (Help Desk)

Work to a safe and competent standard

Responsible for absorbing and retaining knowledge of traction, routes, rules and regulations, and operating notices

Carry out emergency procedures as and when required

Obtain any relevant late notice information from the Rail Plant Control Room (Help Desk) at Rugby at the beginning of each shift

  • Maintain and update publications as required for machines and route knowledge also for the safe running of machines and trains;
  • Sectional Appendix, Rule Book etc)

    Undertake any other duties as directed by the Shift Manager, Regional Operations Manager or Line Management


  • Sign, be in possession of, and read all notices and publications effecting Operator Driver Maintainer route knowledge;
  • Responsible for unsupervised safe movement of machines and in accordance to rules and regulations;
  • Able to act and adjust driving techniques accordingly to suit prevailing conditions, e.g. weather and rail conditions;
  • Be vigilant in observing all signals applicable to train and machine movements and immediately report any irregularities to the signalman concerned;
  • Seek explanation from the signalman when there is a delay and establish reason(s) for the delay. Communicate this information to relevant the people;
  • Responsible for reporting to Network Rail in the most expeditious manner, normally via the signalman, any safety of the line incident so that action may be taken and protection may be put into place;
  • Responsible for personal route learning and refreshing;
  • Responsible for reminding management of the need to perform personal driving assessment once a year;
  • Responsible for reminding management of the need to perform personal rules and regulation certification every two years;
  • Operating

  • Conduct all pre-start safety checks using appropriate daily and weekly check lists;
  • Communicate with customer;
  • Respond to, and if possible, fix service faults and failures;
  • When Operator Driver Maintainer cannot personally fix machine, then he is responsible to help and assist Fitter to repair and fix the machine

    Report all service faults and failures immediately both in writing and verbally to the Rugby Rail Plant Control Desk (Help Desk)

    Operate on tack machines (OTM) in accordance with Railway Standards

    Possessions to the instructions of the customer's machine controller / Track Quality Supervisor (TQS) and Controller Of Site Safety (COSS)

    Report mileage and point numbers completed against planned output

    Begin filling out the Plant Utilisation report and send it off to Rugby at the end of week

    Use spill kits to reduce the environmental effect of any oil spills and report any spills to the Rugby Rail Plant Control Desk

    Shut down machine safely

    Carry out daily and weekly maintenance and safety checks and assist Fitter staff when fixing a machine breakdown or problem

    Carry out certain aspects of the monthly maintenance as specified in the maintenance schedule.


    Assist Fitter staff carry out monthly maintenance

    Responsible for the immediate verbal reporting of machine faults and failures to Rugby Rail Plant Control Desk (Help Desk) and in writing by recording them in the Machine Fault Log Book

    To complete all maintaining duties that do not qualify under the Maintenance (fitter) Assessment Scheme.

    Decision Making Authority

    Delegate authority in accordance with Colas Rail procedures.

    Report Preparation

    Accident / Incident investigations

    Period reports on production as requested by Head of Plant Operations

    Ad Hoc reporting as required

    Principle Contacts

    Contact with Colas Rail (UK) Directors, Managers and Staff at all levels.

    Frequent contact and interaction with Operating staff and Rail Operations Standards Manager.

    Contact with Network Rail Managers, Engineers and Planners

    Experience and Qualifications

    Liaise through Machine Supervisor / Team Leader to Ensure Colas Rail Operational Standards meet laid down requirements.

    Liaise through Machine Supervisor / Team Leader to ensure operational compliance with Colas Rail's Railway Safety Case

    Knowledge of standards and specifications (for Operating, Driving and Maintenance)

    Understanding of Railway Operation process

    Windows 98, Word, Excel, Outlook

    Flexible, honest, and punctual

    Good Communication Skills

    Passed psychometric and medical tests (except when grandfather rights apply)

    In possession of a Full and Valid road vehicle driving license

    Willing to continue learning and be trained

    Maintain a positive attitude and sense of professional pride

    Able to perform weekend and shift duties

    Team worker

    Due to the nature of this job, lone working may be required where safe to do so.

    Technical Skills

    Certified for Incident / Accident investigations

    For positions covering the southern region a current PTS appropriate to CTRL Is required

    Holder of a current full UK driving licence

    Ability to identify competency standards required as a result of legislation, operational standards and safety procedures and maintain same by audit and surveillance

    Behavioural Competencies

    Possess the ability to maximise personal contribution to the business (customer focus)

    Ability to analyse problems thoroughly and make good timely decisions (analysis and decision making).

    Ability to build and maintain positive relationships within and across teams (team working).

    Create and contribute to an environment whereby yourself and others are motivated to learn and develop (developing self / others)

    Support and challenge individuals to achieve their full potential, ability to set stretching objectives and measure progress against them.

    Ability to manage resource effectively (managing performance).

    Commitment to achieve results through determination and commitment, ability to keep going when things are difficult (drive).

    Safety Responsibility

    Comply with legislation and industry standards i.e. Rule Book.

    Comply with Colas Rail rules, procedures and working practices.

    Undertake all work in a safe manner.

    Report all accidents, and incidents with the potential to cause injury or property damage.

    Where necessary provide advice and support to inexperienced colleagues.

    Remember : If it's not safe to do don't do it.

    Behavioural Skills

    Energy- 'Get up and go' attitude of a leader

    Energise- Lead, manage and inspire my team

    Edge- Maximise my personal edge

    Execute- Make things happen

    Engage- Stay close to the client

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