Railcar Repairman (Carman)
Posted on: June 12, 2022
Management has the discretion to change or modify the duties and
essential functions at any time in accordance with operating
Frequency of essential functions, marginal functions,
machine/equipment/tools used, physical requirements, and working
conditions may change somewhat due to the type of railcar, weather,
and location operating restriction, but ALL MAINTENANCE SPECIALISTS
perform basically the same work.
1. Repairs, modifies, and upgrades rail cars.
2. Rebuilds car components: bolsters, side framers, hitch heads,
and box car doors.
3. Welds (30% of time), fabricates, and uses cutting torch.
4. Performs mechanical labor (frequently - 95% of time).
5. Repairs and maintains railcars, according to blueprints and
other specifications, using hand tools, power tools, and precision
measuring instruments. Inspects machines and equipment visually by
touch, special knowledge and training, to locate causes of
6. Operates forklift to move, align, and set in place parts in
7. Measures, cuts and threads pipes and replaces air lines using
8. Assembles subassemblies, major components, and equipment. Checks
function to test for proper operation.
9. Repairs broken parts using hand tools and welding equipment.
10. Enters car repair information via electronic keyboard
1. Maintains a clean work environment.
2. May set up and operate metalworking tools, such as welder or
3. All other duties as assigned by supervisor.
1. Must perform each job to specified time standards.
2. Work must be done to the customer requirements (AAR, FMO, FRA,
TTX, etc., standards).
3. Must comply with all work rules.
4. Must work safely and not cause a threat to the health and safety
of self and others.
1. Circular saw.
2. Air impacts 1/2", 3/4", 1"; Air grinders 4", 7", 9"; Air or
hydraulic porta power pump and ram used regularly.
3. Various hand tools used frequently.
4. Cutting torch used for cutting frequently; heating torch used
while bending regularly; side grinder used for grinding regularly;
hoist used for lifting regularly; winch used for pulling
Steel toe shoes, hard hat, ear plugs, safety glasses, welding
shield, burning goggles, grinding shield, and proper clothing (long
sleeve shirts and long pants while welding).
1. Physical abilities (approximate times - vary slightly by
location): standing, hearing, and seeing for 8 or 10 hours;
handling for 6 hours; walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and
fingering for 5 hours; reaching below waist, twisting, and feeling
for 2 hours; sitting, climbing, balancing, crawling, reaching over
head, and talking for 1 hour. Frequently: standing, kneeling,
stretching, reaching, gripping tools or objects, and bending at the
waist. Regularly: walking, crouching, and twisting while standing.
Occasionally: sitting, crawling, and twisting while sitting for 1
hour or less.
2. Lifting: car parts from 1-80 lbs. throughout the day (lifting
10-25 lbs. frequently; 25-50 lbs. regularly; over 50 lbs.
3. Wrenches weighing up to 10 lbs. to tighten bolts (occasionally -
4. Pulling: 10-25 lbs. frequently; 25-50 lbs. regularly; over 50
lbs. occasionally; carrying 50-75 lbs.
1. Knowledge: mechanical skills.
2. Skills: welding and cutting.
3. Mental factors: decision-making and reasoning; intermediate
(such as determining when parts should be repaired); planning and
scheduling - limited; compiling/classifying/gathering information -
intermediate short-term memory - intermediate.
1. Working environment: Requires outdoor work (8 or 10 hours/day;
exposure to heat, cold/humidity; working at heights regularly;
working around moving machinery occasionally.
2. Environmental Conditions: Exposure to welding and burning fumes,
odors, dust, gases, and uncomfortable noises from welding and
burning (10 hours/day); working in hot temperatures regularly;
working in cold temperatures occasionally; driving automotive
equipment occasionally; working with oil and grease regularly;
working with vibrations regularly; and working alone
3. Hazard Exposure: Mechanical from tools; electrical from welders;
and radiant energy from torches frequently (10 hours/day).
8 to 10 hour shifts; work hours and rest days may change
Reports to line supervisor or work group supervisor.
The pay rate for the Railcar Repairman position begins at $20.49
/hour, and can be increased up to $24.47/hour. Pay rate is
determined based on Carman experience or Journeyman status.
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