This position will primarily work in the car repair shop and is responsible for rail car inspection and maintenance in accordance with FRA and AAR Regulations. Must make out billing repair cards in compliance with AAR office manual, identify AAR/FRA violations when present on railcars. Mechanics must have the ability to use cutting torch in all positions without damage to adjoining parts.
Applicants must have current welding certification. Applicants without certification, will not be considered.
Primary Activities and Responsibilities:
• Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations,and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
• Weld and paint all railcars and locomotives
• Cut metal, sandblast, replace doors and general car construction
• Inspect car components for compliance with FRA, Association of American Railroads (AAR)
• Identify or analyze defective components and indicate the necessary corrective action.
• Inspect the securement of lading in open top or flat cars for compliance with AAR rules and measure high/wide loads to ensure railway line clearance
• Inspect and salvage parts from dismantled and/or scrapped cars
• Inspect and apply end-of-train device and perform airbrake tests
• Clean, lubricate and maintain tie-down devices and other special equipment on railroad cars
• Remove and replace couplers, draft gears and yokes
• Inspect, replace and/or repair gaskets, air hose, train line, bulkhead and other interior load restraining equipment, steel sections such as side sheets, crossbearers, crossties and underframing
• Paint cars and car components; stencil letters and numbers on cars
• Build and/or repair components such as freight doors, wooden floors or interior walls
• Fabricate large jigs and fixtures and use them to assemble parts on car
• Straighten or fabricate, then replace steel parts such as: grab irons, handholds,ladders, brackets, steps and patching components
• Operate light and heavy cranes, fork lifts, and other car moving shop equipment
• Operate various vehicles to the job site
• Rerail cars and locomotives by using rerailing equipment and perform other work associated with wreck service on the railroad
• Obtain information from computer regarding car characteristics, destination, lading, and repair records and/or to file data such as repair information, bad orders and car releases
Necessary Skills and Requirements: High school graduate or equivalent. Prefer at least three years’ experience in a railroad mechanical department position involving locomotive and car repairs and inspections. Must have an excellent safety record and demonstrate safe work habits and practices. Must have an excellent attendance record. Must be familiar with all FRA rules pertaining to cars, locomotives, air brakes and air brake tests. Must be familiar with inspecting and servicing locomotive and cars. Applicant will be required to work out doors under all types of weather conditions and be able to respond to calls outside of regular working hours when required.