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Rail-Track Laying & Maintenance Equipment Operators

Also called: Track Inspector, Track Laborer, Track Maintainer, Track Repairer

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Army or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.
On the job, you would:
  • Patrol assigned track sections so that damaged or broken track can be located and reported.
  • Repair or adjust track switches, using wrenches and replacement parts.
  • Weld sections of track together, such as switch points and frogs.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • management


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Time accounting software
  • Timekeeping software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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