Rail Car Repairers:

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

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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $42,160.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 948
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 6.69 %

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Skills Profile



Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Weld metal parts and components
Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
Weld metal structures
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Align equipment or machinery
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Perform basic plumbing
Install hardware or other interior fixtures
Rewire electrical or electronic systems
Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion
Paint surfaces such as walls
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Remove parts or components from equipment
Shape construction materials such as wood
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Operate track switches
Couple/Uncouple railroad cars
Cut construction material
Perform basic carpentry
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured mechanical products, engines, or machinery by hand

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Overhaul major vehicle systems such as engines or transmissions
Repair mechanical timing devices
Repair mechanical controls
Repair railroad equipment or tracks
Conduct tests to locate mechanical system malfunction
Replace malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Adjust clearances of mechanical or electrical components or parts
Clean installation, maintenance, or repair tools, equipment, or machinery
Install vehicle parts and accessories
Install glass such as windshields in motor vehicles
Adjust clearances of vehicle body parts or components
Service green vehicles to make repairs or maintain good working order
Repair cargo or passenger vehicle
Repair commercial transportation equipment
Align vehicle frame
Maintain welding machines or equipment
Repair malfunctioning or worn mechanical components

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test mechanical products or equipment
Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Inspect vehicle body to determine extent of damages and repairs needed
Inspect vehicle to detect malfunctions or maintenance needed
Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment
Inspect completed repair work to ensure proper functioning
Perform installation, maintenance, or repair related safety inspection

Performing General Physical Activities

Perform structural repair or assembly work
Repair wooden frameworks or structures
Fit construction materials such as wood
Join wood or other construction materials
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Erect scaffold on work site
Move heavy objects in installation, maintenance, or repair work


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Supervisory Skills
Customer Billing
Locomotive Engineering
Locomotive Inspection
Auto Repair
Welding Equipment



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