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Rail Car Repairers

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Record conditions of cars, and repair and maintenance work performed or to be performed.
    • Inspect components such as bearings, seals, gaskets, wheels, and coupler assemblies to determine if repairs are needed.
    • Repair or replace defective or worn parts such as bearings, pistons, and gears, using hand tools, torque wrenches, power tools, and welding equipment.
    • Inspect the interior and exterior of rail cars coming into rail yards to identify defects and to determine the extent of wear and damage.
    • Remove locomotives, car mechanical units, or other components, using pneumatic hoists and jacks, pinch bars, hand tools, and cutting torches.
    • Test units for operability before and after repairs.
    • Adjust repaired or replaced units as needed to ensure proper operation.
    • Repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems.
    • Disassemble units such as water pumps, control valves, and compressors so that repairs can be made.
    • Repair, fabricate, and install steel or wood fittings, using blueprints, shop sketches, and instruction manuals.
    • Measure diameters of axle wheel seats, using micrometers, and mark dimensions on axles so that wheels can be bored to specified dimensions.
    • Perform scheduled maintenance, and clean units and components.
    • Examine car roofs for wear and damage, and repair defective sections, using roofing material, cement, nails, and waterproof paint.
    • Test electrical systems of cars by operating systems and using testing equipment such as ammeters.
    • Paint car exteriors, interiors, and fixtures.
    • Install and repair interior flooring, fixtures, walls, plumbing, steps, and platforms.
    • Replace defective wiring and insulation, and tighten electrical connections, using hand tools.
    • Repair window sash frames, attach weather stripping and channels to frames, and replace window glass, using hand tools.
    • Align car sides for installation of car ends and crossties, using width gauges, turnbuckles, and wrenches.
    • Repair car upholstery.

    Skills

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 47280/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.73/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 190
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Innovation
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Socket attachments and accessories
    • Screwdrivers
    • Railway lift table for engine and component
    • Pry bars
    • Hoists

    Technology

    • Inventory management software
    • Internet browser software
    • Document management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software

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