Railcar Repair (Carman)

Overview: This position is responsible for inspecting, rebuilding, and repairing freight cars.

Safety: Comply with company and federal safety rules, policies and procedures to include wearing required safety equipment, responding to safety concerns and taking appropriate action. May be required to handle hazardous materials.

Inspecting: Inspect railcar frames and bodies for holes, cracks, and other defects; safety appliances including hand holds, sill steps, grab iron, brake platforms, running boards; wheels to insure that rim treads, plates, hub axles, and bearings are in good repair.

Rebuilding and Repair: Maintain, replace and/or repair air brake pipes, valves, gaskets, air hoses and other equipment as required. Operate electrical and gas welding equipment to join a variety of metals and alloys; operate acetylene torches for cutting and/or shaping metal parts such as aluminum, cast iron, steel and bronze.

Equipment Operation: Operate specialized off-highway motor vehicles including forklift trucks, mobile cranes, track mobiles, and ship tractors.

Salary/Benefits: Journeyman pay rate is approximately $25.04 per hour, Apprentice pay rate is approximately $21.03 per hour. Journeyman status is commensurate with 3 years of related experience and/or training or a current journeyman card. Employees receive an annual benefit package valued at $22,000. The terms of the collective bargaining agreement shall apply.

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Willing to submit to an employment, criminal and driving background review.
  • Available to work in the geographic area indicated.
  • Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) English.
  • Able to work outdoors in extreme all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet).
  • Work a 40 hour work week. Shifts are governed by union agreement and subject to seniority. Mechanical shops operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with three 8-hour shifts including weekends, holidays and overtime. Available to work any of these shifts as required.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 75 pounds with or without assistance.
  • Possess a valid state-issued driverís license, or be able to obtain one within 60 days of employment.
  • Able to visually distinguish among red, blue, green and yellow colors, hear, and with training, distinguish auditory signals.
  • Able to use hands to perform activities involving holding, grasping, turning and pulling.
  • Able to perform work on uneven surfaces, frequently climb ladders and on/off equipment, and work from various heights including making repairs on top of railcars.
  • Able to work in conditions that include loud noise and fumes, work on and around heavy and moving machinery, bend, walk, stand and sit for extended periods of time and use hand tools.
  • Follow safety policies and procedures and wear the required personal protective equipment required for the job in a safe manner.

Probationary Period

Journeyman probationary period is 60 days. Apprentice probationary period is 122 days, during which an apprentice may be dropped from the apprenticeship if he or she is determined by the company to show insufficient aptitude or interest to learn the trade.


Company paid on-the-job training is provided.

Work Conditions

Extreme all-weather conditions; un-even surfaces; safety sensitive work environment.




Mechanical shops operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with three 8-hour shifts including weekends, holidays and overtime. Work weeks are 40 hours per week, shifts are governed by union agreement and subject to seniority.


Relocation assistance is not available for this position.


Per the collective bargaining agreement, union membership and monthly dues are required.


Brotherhood of Railway Carman

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