Study Guide For Engineer Certification

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  • 1. 

    Which of the following types of footwear are acceptable personal protective equipment (PPE)?

    • A.

      Sandals, open toe, canvas, sports, sneaker, moccasin or loafer styles.

    • B.

      Footwear not completely buckled, zipped or laced, or with laces dangling far enough to

    • C.

      Footwear of sturdy construction, with a defined heel and of proper height to insure

    • D.

      Footwear with loose, thin, cracked, ripple or wedge type soles without a definite heel.

    Correct Answer
    C. Footwear of sturdy construction, with a defined heel and of proper height to insure
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Footwear of sturdy construction, with a defined heel and of proper height to insure." This type of footwear is considered acceptable personal protective equipment (PPE) as it provides proper support and protection for the feet. It is important for PPE to be sturdy and have a defined heel to prevent slips, trips, and falls, which are common workplace hazards. The proper height of the footwear also helps to ensure stability and prevent ankle injuries.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following are acceptable personal protective equipment (PPE)?

    • A.

      Clothing that is torn or loose enough to be hazardous

    • B.

      Clothing that is greasy, oily, or saturated with flammable substance

    • C.

      Clothing such as shorts and tank tops.

    • D.

      Gloves, clothing and headgear that gives ample protection, including against extreme weather conditions

    Correct Answer
    D. Gloves, clothing and headgear that gives ample protection, including against extreme weather conditions
    Explanation
    The correct answer is gloves, clothing, and headgear that give ample protection, including against extreme weather conditions. This answer is correct because personal protective equipment (PPE) should be able to provide sufficient protection, including protection against extreme weather conditions. Clothing that is torn or loose, clothing that is greasy or saturated with flammable substances, and clothing such as shorts and tank tops are not acceptable as PPE as they do not provide adequate protection.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following circumstances requires the use of approved safety glasses?

    • A.

      While on locomotives.

    • B.

      While on cab/control cars.

    • C.

      When inspecting trains.

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    Approved safety glasses should be used in all of the mentioned circumstances. While on locomotives and cab/control cars, there is a risk of flying debris or particles that could potentially harm the eyes. When inspecting trains, there is also a possibility of objects or substances that could cause eye injuries. Therefore, to ensure the safety of individuals in these situations, the use of approved safety glasses is necessary.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following are required to wear approved hearing protection while occupying the engine/machine room of any enclosed car body type locomotive?

    • A.

      Only the Engineer

    • B.

      Only the Engineer and Assistant Engineer.

    • C.

      Only the Train and Engine crew

    • D.

      All personnel

    Correct Answer
    D. All personnel
    Explanation
    All personnel are required to wear approved hearing protection while occupying the engine/machine room of any enclosed car body type locomotive. This is because the noise levels in the engine/machine room can be extremely high and can cause hearing damage if not protected. Therefore, it is necessary for all individuals present in the room to wear the appropriate hearing protection to ensure their safety and prevent any potential hearing loss.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following are true when walking, sitting or standing?

    • A.

      Look for and stay clear of opening, slipping, tripping or falling hazard.

    • B.

      Do not walk through steam, smoke or other such vapor or substance, unless it does not obscure the view of the walking area

    • C.

      Avoid area, when possible, where smoke or fire conditions exist

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because all of the statements mentioned are true when walking, sitting, or standing. It is important to look for and stay clear of any potential hazards such as openings, slippery surfaces, tripping hazards, or areas where one can fall. Walking through steam, smoke, or any other substance should be avoided unless it does not obstruct the view of the walking area. Additionally, it is advisable to avoid areas where smoke or fire conditions exist whenever possible.

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  • 6. 

    When walking or standing, expect equipment to move:

    • A.

      At any time in any direction

    • B.

      Only with the current of traffic.

    • C.

      In any direction, but only when switching work is being performed

    • D.

      At any time, but only when switching work is being performed.

    Correct Answer
    A. At any time in any direction
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "At any time in any direction." This means that when walking or standing, equipment can move in any direction and at any time, regardless of whether or not switching work is being performed. This implies that one should always be cautious and aware of the movement of equipment, as it can occur unexpectedly and in any direction.

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  • 7. 

    At what speed are employees allowed to get on or off moving equipment?

    • A.

      10 mph.

    • B.

      5 mph

    • C.

      2 mph.

    • D.

      Employees are prohibited from getting on or off moving equipment except in an emergency.*

    Correct Answer
    D. Employees are prohibited from getting on or off moving equipment except in an emergency.*
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that employees are prohibited from getting on or off moving equipment except in an emergency. This means that under normal circumstances, employees are not allowed to board or disembark from equipment that is in motion. However, in case of an emergency situation, such as a fire or other immediate danger, employees may be permitted to do so for their own safety. This policy is in place to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries that could occur if employees attempt to access moving equipment without proper precautions.

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  • 8. 

    Under what conditions may an employee occupy the roof of equipment?

    • A.

      When close clearance prevents employee from riding at other location.

    • B.

      When visibility is limited

    • C.

      Employees are prohibited from occupying the roof of equipment.

    • D.

      Both A and B are correct.

    Correct Answer
    C. Employees are prohibited from occupying the roof of equipment.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that employees are prohibited from occupying the roof of equipment. This means that under no conditions should an employee be allowed to occupy the roof of equipment. This is likely due to safety concerns and the potential risks and hazards that could be present on the roof of equipment. It is important to prioritize employee safety and ensure that they are not put in any unnecessary danger.

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  • 9. 

    Under what conditions may an employee ride on the uncoupling lever, drawbar or knuckle?

    • A.

      When close clearance prevents employee from riding at other location.

    • B.

      Employees are prohibited from riding the on uncoupling lever, drawbar or knuckle

    • C.

      When employee is on trailing end of equipment.

    • D.

      Both A and C are correct.

    Correct Answer
    B. Employees are prohibited from riding the on uncoupling lever, drawbar or knuckle
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that employees are prohibited from riding on the uncoupling lever, drawbar, or knuckle. This means that under no conditions are employees allowed to ride on these parts of the equipment.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following are true when getting on or off standing equipment?

    • A.

      Jumping from one piece of equipment to another is allowed.

    • B.

      Mount or dismount away from main or live track when practicable

    • C.

      Face away from equipment when dismounting using the ladder on a locomotive.

    • D.

      All of the above are correct.

    Correct Answer
    B. Mount or dismount away from main or live track when practicable
    Explanation
    When getting on or off standing equipment, it is important to mount or dismount away from the main or live track when possible. This is because the main or live track is where trains are operating and poses a significant safety risk. By choosing to mount or dismount away from the track, the individual can reduce the chances of being struck by a moving train or other equipment. Therefore, the statement "Mount or dismount away from main or live track when practicable" is true.

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  • 11. 

    When riding in locomotives, employees should do which of the following when passing equipment on adjacent track?

    • A.

      Face opposite the direction of movement.

    • B.

      Move away from the side on which equipment is being passed.

    • C.

      Move toward the side on which equipment is being passed

    • D.

      All of the above are correct.

    Correct Answer
    B. Move away from the side on which equipment is being passed.
    Explanation
    When riding in locomotives, employees should move away from the side on which equipment is being passed. This is important for their safety as moving towards the side on which equipment is being passed can put them at risk of being struck by the equipment. Facing opposite the direction of movement is not mentioned in the answer choices and therefore not applicable in this context.

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  • 12. 

    When chocking equipment, which of the following are true?

    • A.

      Be sure equipment is stopped.

    • B.

      Be sure hand brake has been set to hold.

    • C.

      Be sure chock does not extend beyond the side of the equipment.

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    When chocking equipment, it is important to ensure that the equipment is stopped to prevent any movement. Additionally, the hand brake should be set to hold the equipment in place. Lastly, the chock should not extend beyond the side of the equipment to ensure proper stability and prevent any tripping hazards. Therefore, all of the statements mentioned in the options are correct when it comes to chocking equipment.

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  • 13. 

    While coupling equipment, when are employees allowed to occupy the space between locomotives moving toward each other?

    • A.

      Employees are prohibited from occupying the space between moving locomotives to be coupled

    • B.

      When adjusting the drawbar for proper coupling.

    • C.

      When opening the knuckle on the locomotive.

    • D.

      Both B and C are correct.

    Correct Answer
    A. Employees are prohibited from occupying the space between moving locomotives to be coupled
    Explanation
    Employees are not allowed to occupy the space between moving locomotives to be coupled for safety reasons. This is because there is a risk of being caught in between the locomotives or being injured during the coupling process. It is important to prioritize employee safety and follow proper procedures to prevent accidents and injuries.

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  • 14. 

    When necessary to make adjustments to knuckles or drawbars, equipment must first be separated at least ______ feet.

    • A.

      20

    • B.

      15

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      5

    Correct Answer
    A. 20
    Explanation
    When making adjustments to knuckles or drawbars, it is necessary to separate the equipment by at least 20 feet. This distance ensures that there is enough space to safely perform the adjustments without any risk of the equipment colliding or causing any accidents. It allows for sufficient room to work and maneuver around the equipment.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following are true when making adjustments to knuckles or drawbars?

    • A.

      Adjustments may be made by kicking equipment with foot.

    • B.

      Keep all parts of your body clear of pinch points.

    • C.

      Obtain assistance if adjustments cannot be made without strain or over exertion.

    • D.

      Both B and C are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. Both B and C are correct
    Explanation
    When making adjustments to knuckles or drawbars, it is important to keep all parts of your body clear of pinch points to avoid any potential injuries. Additionally, if the adjustments cannot be made without strain or overexertion, it is advisable to obtain assistance to ensure that the task is completed safely and without any harm. Therefore, both statements B and C are correct.

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  • 16. 

    When uncoupling equipment which has air hoses coupled, which of the following are true?

    • A.

      Turn head away from uncoupling to avoid flying particles caused by air hoses parting

    • B.

      Position yourself close to air hoses to restrain hose in the event angle cock was not closed.

    • C.

      Both A and B are correct.

    • D.

      None of the above are correct.

    Correct Answer
    A. Turn head away from uncoupling to avoid flying particles caused by air hoses parting
    Explanation
    When uncoupling equipment with air hoses, it is important to turn the head away from the uncoupling to avoid any potential flying particles caused by the air hoses parting. This is a safety precaution to protect the eyes and face from any debris or particles that may be forcefully expelled when the hoses are disconnected.

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  • 17. 

    When getting on or off or walking through locomotives, which of the following are true?

    • A.

      Observe overhead clearance at the doorways and take the necessary precautions to prevent striking head.

    • B.

      Observe nearby engine parts and keep clothing and self clear of any that are hot or moving.

    • C.

      Avoid using steps, ladders, grab irons, etc., that are damaged, defective or slippery.

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "All of the above are correct." This means that all of the statements mentioned in the question are true. It is important to observe overhead clearance at the doorways and take precautions to prevent striking the head. It is also important to observe nearby engine parts and keep clothing and oneself clear of any parts that are hot or moving. Additionally, one should avoid using steps, ladders, grab irons, etc., that are damaged, defective, or slippery.

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  • 18. 

    Which of the following are true when working on or about high voltage electrical cabinets on a locomotive?

    • A.

      Open high voltage cabinets only when required to perform authorized work.

    • B.

      Use only a flashlight with non-metallic case.

    • C.

      When work is completed, close and secure all electrical cabinet doors or covers.

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    When working on or about high voltage electrical cabinets on a locomotive, it is important to open the cabinets only when necessary for authorized work. This helps to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries. Additionally, it is recommended to use a flashlight with a non-metallic case to avoid any potential electrical hazards. After completing the work, it is crucial to close and secure all electrical cabinet doors or covers to ensure the safety of the equipment and prevent any unauthorized access. Therefore, all of the given statements are correct when working on or about high voltage electrical cabinets on a locomotive.

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  • 19. 

    Never perform work between or under locomotives and/or cars until:

    • A.

      All electrical cables have been removed.

    • B.

      It is known that 480 volt HEP or power supply is SHUT DOWN, DEENERGIZED, and ISOLATED

    • C.

      A mechanical department employee is on the scene

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    B. It is known that 480 volt HEP or power supply is SHUT DOWN, DEENERGIZED, and ISOLATED
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "It is known that 480 volt HEP or power supply is SHUT DOWN, DEENERGIZED, and ISOLATED." This means that before performing work between or under locomotives and/or cars, it is important to ensure that the 480 volt HEP or power supply is turned off, deenergized, and isolated. This is necessary to prevent any electrical hazards and ensure the safety of the workers. Additionally, having a mechanical department employee on the scene can provide further assistance and expertise during the work.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following best represents the required response of the engineer when employees are working on the 480 volt HEP system on the locomotive and/or cars?

    • A.

      Engineer will start/energize the HEP system anytime he/she feels the system is ready.

    • B.

      Engineer will notify employees before starting/energizing the HEP system.

    • C.

      Engineer, as well as all other employees involved, must have a complete understanding of the work to be performed.

    • D.

      Both B and C are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. Both B and C are correct
    Explanation
    The engineer's required response when employees are working on the 480 volt HEP system on the locomotive and/or cars is to notify the employees before starting/energizing the HEP system and to have a complete understanding of the work to be performed. This ensures that the employees are aware and prepared for the system to be started, and that all individuals involved have the necessary knowledge and understanding to safely carry out the work.

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  • 21. 

    Prior to beginning a trip or when operating conditions change, all train and engine crew members must:

    • A.

      Hold a review of wage schedules.

    • B.

      Participate in a Job Briefing

    • C.

      Call the yardmaster.

    • D.

      Notify the road foreman.

    Correct Answer
    B. Participate in a Job Briefing
    Explanation
    When beginning a trip or when operating conditions change, it is important for all train and engine crew members to participate in a job briefing. This allows the crew members to discuss any changes or updates to the trip plan, review safety procedures, and ensure that everyone is aware of their roles and responsibilities. It helps to ensure that the crew members are prepared and informed before starting the trip or operating under new conditions.

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  • 22. 

    Prior to going on, under or between standing equipment for the purpose of coupling or uncoupling engines or cars, crew members must:

    • A.

      Discuss safety matters and work to be performed and communicate before action is taken.

    • B.

      Protect against moving equipment, secure equipment before action is taken, and obtain three point protection from the Engineer.

    • C.

      Mentor less experienced employees to perform service safely.

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above are correct". This means that prior to going on, under or between standing equipment for the purpose of coupling or uncoupling engines or cars, crew members must discuss safety matters and work to be performed and communicate before action is taken, protect against moving equipment, secure equipment before action is taken, obtain three point protection from the Engineer, and mentor less experienced employees to perform service safely.

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  • 23. 

    Train and engine service employees with less than one (1) year service and performing duties referred to in instruction 5400 must wear what while performing such service?

    • A.

      Red arm band.

    • B.

      White arm band.

    • C.

      Orange arm band

    • D.

      Blue arm band.

    Correct Answer
    C. Orange arm band
    Explanation
    Train and engine service employees with less than one year of service and performing duties referred to in instruction 5400 are required to wear an orange arm band while performing such service.

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  • 24. 

    After crew members have contacted the engineer to obtain three point protection, when necessary to foul, go under, or between standing equipment, what actions must the engineer take?

    • A.

      Be sure slack has adjusted, then apply the train or engine air brakes.

    • B.

      Throttle must be in idle position, or controller in off position, and then place the reverser in neutral position

    • C.

      Shut down and isolate HEP from the providing locomotive, if applicable

    • D.

      All of the above are correct

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above are correct
    Explanation
    When crew members have contacted the engineer to obtain three point protection, the engineer must take the following actions: be sure slack has adjusted, then apply the train or engine air brakes; throttle must be in idle position, or controller in off position, and then place the reverser in neutral position; and shut down and isolate HEP from the providing locomotive, if applicable. All of these actions are correct and must be taken by the engineer.

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  • 25. 

    On Amtrak Class P-42, P-40, and P32AC-DM locomotives to avoid personal injury, employees MUST NOT use the bottom rung of the F-end ladder while the locomotive is _____ ?

    • A.

      In Motion

    • B.

      Stopped.

    • C.

      Backing up.

    • D.

      Shut down.

    Correct Answer
    A. In Motion
    Explanation
    When the locomotive is in motion, there is a higher risk of personal injury if employees use the bottom rung of the F-end ladder. This is because the movement of the locomotive can cause instability and make it difficult for employees to maintain their balance while using the ladder. Therefore, to ensure safety, employees are instructed not to use the bottom rung of the ladder while the locomotive is in motion.

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  • 26. 

    When Three-Point Protection is no longer required, who can release it?

    • A.

      The Engineer.

    • B.

      The Conductor.

    • C.

      Only the employee who requested it

    • D.

      The Dispatcher.

    Correct Answer
    C. Only the employee who requested it
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Only the employee who requested it." This means that when Three-Point Protection is no longer needed, only the employee who initially requested it can release it. This ensures that the person who initiated the safety measure is responsible for removing it, maintaining accountability and ensuring the safety of the work environment.

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  • 27. 

    How can the employee who requested Three-Point Protection release it?

    • A.

      By Hand Signal or Face-to-Face.

    • B.

      By Radio Communication or Face-to-Face

    • C.

      By Hand Signal or Radio Comunication

    • D.

      Both B and C are correct

    Correct Answer
    B. By Radio Communication or Face-to-Face
    Explanation
    The employee who requested Three-Point Protection can release it either by using radio communication or by communicating face-to-face. Both options are correct and acceptable methods for releasing the Three-Point Protection.

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