Installs, inspects, tests, maintains, or repairs electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Installs, inspects, maintains, and repairs various railroad service equipment on the road or in the shop, including railroad signal systems.
- Inspects and tests operation, mechanical parts, and circuitry of gate crossings, signals, and signal equipment such as interlocks and hotbox detectors.
- Inspects switch-controlling mechanisms on trolley wires and in track beds, using hand tools and test equipment.
- Drives motor vehicles to job sites.
- Tightens loose bolts, using wrenches, and tests circuits and connections by opening and closing gates.
- Inspects electrical units of railroad grade crossing gates and repairs loose bolts and defective electrical connections and parts.
- Replaces defective wiring, broken lenses, or burned-out light bulbs.
- Records and reports information about mileage or track inspected, repairs performed, and equipment requiring replacement.
- Inspects, maintains, and replaces batteries as needed.
- Lubricates moving parts on gate-crossing mechanisms and swinging signals.