Rail Car Repairers
On the Job
Rail Car Repairers work on railroad cars. They diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul problems with all types of railroad cars. They may work on railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
- Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
- Inspect structural components of vehicles to identify problems.
- Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Install hardware or other interior fixtures.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Working with a group or team.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
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