Rail Car Repairers
SOC: 49-3043.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
21,500 employed

Projected (2024):
22,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Air Brake Adjuster
  • Air Brake Man
  • Air Brake Mechanic
  • Air Brake Rigger
  • Air Brake Worker
  • Air Compressor Mechanic
  • Air Valve Mechanic
  • Air Valve Repairer
  • Airman
  • Brake Adjuster
  • Brake Liner
  • Brake Reliner
  • Brake Shoe Rebuilder
  • Brake Specialist
  • Breaker Mechanic
  • Car Builder
  • Car Mechanic
  • Car Repairer
  • Car Repairer Apprentice
  • Car Repairman
  • Carman
  • Coach Mechanic
  • Compressor Mechanic
  • Controller Mechanic
  • Donkey Doctor
  • Drop Pit Worker
  • Equipment Mechanic
  • Freight Car Builder
  • Freight Car Repairer
  • Gate Person
  • Gearman
  • Interlocker Maintainer
  • Interlocking and Signal Mechanic
  • Locomotive Mechanic Apprentice
  • Machine Maintenance
  • Machine or Machinery Mechanic
  • Machine Overhauler
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Mechanic
  • Mechanical Unit Repairer
  • Mine Car Mechanic
  • Mine Car Repairer
  • Plow Mechanic
  • Pullman Car Repairer
  • Rail Car Maintenance Mechanic
  • Rail Car Mechanic
  • Rail Car Painter/Sandblaster
  • Rail Car Repair Carman
  • Rail Car Repairer
  • Rail Car Repairman
  • Rail Car Welder
  • Rail Crew Member
  • Rail Specialist
  • Railroad Brake Repairer
  • Railroad Car Repairman
  • Railroad Mechanic
  • Railroad Repairer
  • Roundhouse Worker
  • Signal Constructor
  • Signal Fitter
  • Street Car Mechanic
  • Streetcar Repairer
  • Subway Car Repairer
  • Tank Car Mechanic
  • Tank Car Reconditioner
  • Test Rack Operator
  • Tipple Mechanic
  • Triple Valve Mechanic
  • Triple Valve Tester
  • Trolley Car Mechanic
  • Trolley Car Overhauler
  • Trouble Shooter
  • Truck Mechanic
  • Truck Mechanic Apprentice
  • Trucksmith
  • Valve Mechanic
  • Valve Repairer

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Aligning pry bars
  • Arc welders
  • Automated car movers
  • Automatic air brake testers
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bearing dismounting presses
  • Bearing presses
  • Bogie testing benches
  • Car hoists
  • Combination squares
  • Combination wrenches
  • Cotter pin pullers
  • Cutting torches
  • Diagonal-cutting pliers
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Flat head screwdrivers
  • Floor-mounted jib cranes
  • Gasket scrapers
  • Intermodal car jacks
  • Locomotive drop table
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mobile cranes
  • Mobile radios
  • Mounting presses
  • Nailing hammers
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pinch bars
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Pneumatic hoists
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Retarders
  • Rolling head pry bars
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Socket drive extensions
  • Socket wrench handles
  • Socket wrenches
  • Tablet computers
  • Torpedo levels
  • Torque wrenches
  • Underfloor lifting systems
  • Wheel lathes
  • Wheel shim tables
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • RailTech Software Solutions Rail 21 Management System
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  • WheelShop Automation.com Wheel Shop Management Suite

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    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990