Railcar Mechanic

There are usually several dozen railcars hooked together to form a train which transports people coal or other manufacturing materials from one location to another. Because of the great distances that railcars travel and because of the need for railcars and trains to travel in the safest possible manner it is essential that railcar mechanics perform routine maintenance checks on railcars as well as make necessary repairs when they are not functioning properly. Railcar mechanics are often called “journeymen” and they must have a minimum of a high school diploma. While there is no formal education required for this career railcar mechanics must be certified welders and many need to obtain a commercial driver’s license. According to www.bestjobdescriptions.com railcar mechanics must sometimes work in extremely hot cold andor wet conditions. Because they complete a majority of their work outdoors they are subjected to extreme heat in the summer months and frigid cold in the winter months. Additionally work must be completed on days when it is raining or snowing. Being in good physical condition is essential for this career because it is necessary for a railcar mechanic to climb the ladders that reach to the tops of railcars. Railcar mechanics must also walk along the tops of railcars which can be uneven or even moving. There are no typical work hours for railcar mechanics because they are often needed at all hours of the day or night. Therefore a railcar mechanic may be assigned to an 8-hour shift starting and stopping at various times throughout the day or night. This job requires the need to work on weekends and holidays. According to the website www.careerontrack.ca the average salary for a railcar mechanic is $45000 to $55000 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $50000
High Salary: $55000
Low Salary: $45000
Tasks: Checks railcars to ensure they are in good condition.
Repairs railcars that are not functioning properly.
Adheres to all mandated safety guidelines.
Records maintenance checks and repair information into repair logs.
Also Called: Railcar Journeyman
Railcar Repairer
Railroad Mechanic
Locomotive Mechanic
Additional Resources: http://www.bestjobdescriptions.com/transportation/railcar-repair-journeyman-job-description
http://www.myplan.com/careers/rail-car-repairers/description-49-3043.00.html
http://www.careerontrack.ca/site/why/careers/railway_car_technician.htm