Diagnoses, adjusts, repairs, or overhauls railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Repairs or replaces defective or worn parts such as bearings, pistons, and gears, using hand tools, torque wrenches, power tools, and welding equipment.
- Tests units for operability before and after repairs.
- Records conditions of cars, and repair and maintenance work performed or to be performed.
- Removes locomotives, car mechanical units, or other components, using pneumatic hoists and jacks, pinch bars, hand tools, and cutting torches.
- Inspects components such as bearings, seals, gaskets, wheels, and coupler assemblies to determine if repairs are needed.
- Inspects the interior and exterior of rail cars coming into rail yards to identify defects and to determine the extent of wear and damage.
- Adjusts repaired or replaced units as needed to ensure proper operation.
- Performs scheduled maintenance, and cleans units and components.
- Repairs, fabricates, and installs steel or wood fittings, using blueprints, shop sketches, and instruction manuals.
- Repairs and maintains electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems.