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Work Equipment Mechanic

As a Work Equipment Mechanic, you will service the equipment we use to maintain track. Equipment like the new 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.

You will actually follow the teams that maintain the track and repair any machinery that breaks down. This is outdoor work with lots of travel.


  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must speak and read English because you will be asked to follow government regulations and instructions.
  • You must have good communication skills.
  • You will need a journeyperson's diesel mechanic's card or four years of verifiable, comparable experience as a diesel mechanic.
  • 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 have your own basic mechanic's tools.
  • You must pass a Skilled-Craft Battery exam (see sample) to be considered for an interview.


  • Bailey Yard (North Platte, NE)
  • Hinkle Locomotive Facility (Hinkle, OR)
  • Davis Yard (Roseville, CA)
  • Jenks Shop (North Little Rock, AR)


As a newly hired Work Equipment Mechanic, you can expect to earn about $21.94 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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Work Equipment Mechanic Career Path

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