CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Rail Car Repairers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Transportation - Other
Benchmark Title: Rail Car Repairers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars. Repair or replace defective or worn parts such as bearings, pistons, and gears, using hand tools, torque wrenches, power tools, and welding equipment.
 
Test units for operability before and after repairs.
 
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.
 
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 in order to identify defects and to determine the extent of wear and damage.
 
Adjust repaired or replaced units as needed to ensure proper operation.
 
Perform scheduled maintenance, and clean units and components.
 
Repair, fabricate, and install steel or wood fittings, using blueprints, shop sketches, and instruction manuals.
 
Repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems.
 
Disassemble units such as water pumps, control valves, and compressors so that repairs can be made.
 
Measure diameters of axle wheel seats, using micrometers, and mark dimensions on axles so that wheels can be bored to specified dimensions.
 
Align car sides for installation of car ends and crossties, using width gauges, turnbuckles, and wrenches.
 
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.
 
Install and repair interior flooring, fixtures, walls, plumbing, steps, and platforms.
 
Examine car roofs for wear and damage, and repair defective sections, using roofing material, cement, nails, and waterproof paint.
 
Paint car exteriors, interiors, and fixtures.
 
Repair car upholstery.
 
Repair window sash frames, attach weather stripping and channels to frames, and replace window glass, using hand tools.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Transportation - Other
Benchmark Title: Rail Car Repairers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Transportation - Other
Benchmark Title: Rail Car Repairers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Transportation - Other
Benchmark Title: Rail Car Repairers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Transportation - Other
Benchmark Title: Rail Car Repairers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Transportation - Other
Benchmark Title: Rail Car Repairers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Brake Adjuster
Air Brake Man
Air Brake Mechanic
Air Brake Rigger
Air Brake Worker
Air Compressor Mechanic
Air Valve Mechanic
Air Valve Repairer
Airman
Brake Adjuster
Brake Liner
Brake Reliner
Brake Shoe Rebuilder
Brake Specialist
Breaker Mechanic
Car Builder
Car Mechanic
Car Repairer
Car Repairer Apprentice
Car Repairman
Carman
Coach Mechanic
Compressor Mechanic
Controller Mechanic
Donkey Doctor
Drop Pit Worker
Equipment Mechanic
Freight Car Builder
Freight Car Repairer
Gate Person
Gearman
Interlocker Maintainer
Interlocking and Signal Mechanic
Locomotive Mechanic Apprentice
Machine Maintenance
Machine Overhauler
Machine or Machinery Mechanic
Maintenance Mechanic
Mechanic
Mechanical Unit Repairer
Mine Car Mechanic
Mine Car Repairer
Plow Mechanic
Pullman Car Repairer
Rail Car Maintenance Mechanic
Rail Car Mechanic
Rail Car Painter/Sandblaster
Rail Car Repairer
Rail Car Repairman
Rail Car Welder
Railroad Brake Repairer
Railroad Car Repairman
Railroad Mechanic
Roundhouse Worker
Signal Constructor
Signal Fitter
Street Car Mechanic
Streetcar Repairer
Subway Car Repairer
Tank Car Mechanic
Tank Car Reconditioner
Test Rack Operator
Tipple Mechanic
Triple Valve Mechanic
Triple Valve Tester
Trolley Car Mechanic
Trolley Car Overhauler
Trouble Shooter
Truck Mechanic
Truck Mechanic Apprentice
Trucksmith
Valve Mechanic
Valve Repairer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Transportation - Other
Benchmark Title: Rail Car Repairers
 
 
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