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Apprentice Freight Car Repairer

What Will You Do?

  • Maintain and repair Union Pacific and customer freight cars 
  • Use hand tools and other shop equipment in a safe and efficient manner
  • Perform physical work such as kneeling, bending and stooping
  • Work outdoors in all types of weather conditions 

What Will You Learn? 

America's economy depends on the safe transport of our customers' goods. As a Freight Car Repairer, you will learn how to inspect, repair and maintain freight cars, using hand tools, power tools, cutting torches and welding equipment.  We'll also teach you shop safety, American Association of Railroads (AAR) repair procedures, and airbrake testing and repair. 


  • All employees must be at least 18 years old.
  • You will need a journeyperson's card or four years of verifiable work experience as a railroad car repairer.
  • You must be able to use all tools required to repair freight cars and to perform heavy, physical labor.
  • You must pass a Skilled-Craft Battery exam (see sample) to be considered for an interview.
  • You must know how to operate various hand and power tools, including cutting torches and welding equipment.


As a newly hired Apprentice Freight Car Repairer, you can expect to earn about $27 an hour, and as you progress to a Freight Car Repairer it will increase to around $33.  Actual pay will depend on your location and Union-negotiated agreements.  


As an Apprentice Freight Car Repairer, you will receive formal classroom and hands-on training as part of a three-year apprenticeship. You will learn primarily by performing specific tasks under the guidance of a journeyperson.

Potential Career Path:

Apprentice Freight Car Repair Path


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