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Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
District Of Columbia

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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.

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Observe leveling indicator arms to verify levelness and alignment of tracks.
  • Operate single- or multiple-head spike driving machines to drive spikes into ties and secure rails.
  • String and attach wire-guidelines machine to rails so that tracks or rails can be aligned or leveled.
  • Operate track-wrench machines to tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends of rails together.
  • Cut rails to specified lengths, using rail saws.
  • Drill holes through rails, tie plates, or fishplates for insertion of bolts or spikes, using power drills.
  • Lubricate machines, change oil, or fill hydraulic reservoirs to specified levels.

tools & technology

  • Impact wrenches
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Power grinders
  • Pry bars
  • Sprayers

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Time accounting software

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