What does a Railway Car Technician (268R) do?

Railway Car Technicians ensure that trains, streetcars, and subway trains are working correctly. They are responsible for inspecting passenger and freight cars for damage and making necessary repairs. This means working with any of the parts involved in the inner/outer works of a rail car, including compressors, air valves, piping, air cylinders, passenger seats, windows, and washrooms.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Using hand tools, power tools, and welding equipment
  • Understanding an observing all safety procedures
  • Inspecting passenger and freight trains for damage; diagnosing and repairing any problems
  • Repairing and repainting metal and wood materials
  • Installing or repairing air valves, bearings, compressors, cylinders, and piping
  • Installing, maintaining, or replacing windows
  • Repairing upholstery

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math and physics credits
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 7,280-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, is recommended

What's Your Future as a Railway Car Technician (268R)?

  • May work inside a car barn or outside in various weather conditions; may be required to travel with the trains for troubleshooting
  • Exposed to dirt, grease, and oil
  • Specializations include wheels, axles, or brake lines
  • Employers include railway transport and public transportation companies

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of up to $25.00 per hour.

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