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Rail Car Repairers - 49-3043.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Freight Maintenance Specialist
  • Locomotive Repairman
  • Rail Car Maintenance Mechanic
  • Rail Car Mechanic
  • Rail Car Repairer
  • Rail Car Repairman
  • Rail Car Sandblaster
  • Rail Car Welder
  • Railroad Car Repairman
  • Train Car Repairman

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Adjust repaired or replaced units as needed to ensure proper operation.
  • Align car sides for installation of car ends and crossties, using width gauges, turnbuckles, and wrenches.
  • Disassemble units such as water pumps, control valves, and compressors so that repairs can be made.
  • Examine car roofs for wear and damage, and repair defective sections, using roofing material, cement, nails, and waterproof paint.
  • Inspect components such as bearings, seals, gaskets, wheels, and coupler assemblies to determine if repairs are needed.
  • Inspect the interior and exterior of rail cars coming into rail yards to identify defects and to determine the extent of wear and damage.
  • Install and repair interior flooring, fixtures, walls, plumbing, steps, and platforms.
  • Measure diameters of axle wheel seats, using micrometers, and mark dimensions on axles so that wheels can be bored to specified dimensions.
  • Paint car exteriors, interiors, and fixtures.
  • Perform scheduled maintenance, and clean units and components.
  • Record conditions of cars, and repair and maintenance work performed or to be performed.
  • Remove locomotives, car mechanical units, or other components, using pneumatic hoists and jacks, pinch bars, hand tools, and cutting torches.
  • Repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems.
  • Repair car upholstery.
  • Repair or replace defective or worn parts such as bearings, pistons, and gears, using hand tools, torque wrenches, power tools, and welding equipment.
  • Repair window sash frames, attach weather stripping and channels to frames, and replace window glass, using hand tools.
  • Repair, fabricate, and install steel or wood fittings, using blueprints, shop sketches, and instruction manuals.
  • Replace defective wiring and insulation, and tighten electrical connections, using hand tools.
  • Test electrical systems of cars by operating systems and using testing equipment such as ammeters.
  • Test units for operability before and after repairs.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Align equipment or machinery.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
  • Inspect structural components of vehicles to identify problems.
  • Inspect vehicles to determine overall condition.
  • Install hardware or other interior fixtures.
  • Install vehicle parts or accessories.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
  • Measure distances or dimensions.
  • Paint surfaces or equipment.
  • Remove parts or components from equipment.
  • Repair electronic equipment.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
  • Repair structural components.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Replace vehicle glass.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Rewire electrical or electronic systems.
  • Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion.
  • Service vehicles to maintain functionality.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Construction Mechanic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Railway Car Repairer (RC) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Railway Equipment Repairer (RC) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Car Repairer (Railroad Equipment)
  • Mechanical-Unit Repairer
  • Mine-Car Repairer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Air-Compressor Mechanic
  • Brake Repairer, Railroad
  • Car Repairer
  • Car Repairer, Pullman
  • Car-Repairer Apprentice
  • Mechanical-Unit Repairer
  • Mine-Car Repairer
  • Streetcar Repairer