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Work Equipment Mechanic

What Will You Do? 

  • Service and maintain heavy work equipment used by the track maintenance group
  • You will be traveling with the construction crew and working outdoors in all weather conditions
  •  Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

What Will You Learn?

As a Work Equipment Mechanic, you will service the equipment we use to maintain track. Equipment like the TRT 909, a track replacement train that can install up to 3,000 ties in an eight-hour day. The TRT 909 rips up the old wooden ties and rail, and installs new concrete ties and new steel rail, all in one pass.  In additions to mechanical skills, we'll teach you critical thinking skills needed to complete tasks quickly and efficiently.  


  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have good communication skills.
  • Experience with pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical systems, including the ability to read schematics, is preferred.
  • Applicants with experience in other fields (aviation, nuclear, etc.) will be considered.
  • You will need a valid driver’s license. A commercial driver’s license is preferred.
  • You must pass a Skilled-Craft Battery exam (see sample) to be considered for an interview.


As a newly hired Work Equipment Mechanic, you can expect to earn about $32 an hour, with actual pay depending on location and Union-negotiated agreements.


As a Work Equipment Mechanic, you will receive ongoing on-the-job training to familiarize yourself with railroad equipment and procedures. As your career progresses, you may receive more opportunities for training and development.

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