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Rail Car Repairers

Also called: Car Repairman, Carman, Rail Car Mechanic, Rail Car Welder

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

What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
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
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Accounting software
  • RailTech Software Systems Mars for the 21st Century


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

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