Air Compressor Mechanic

Repair railroad-car air compressors and compressor motors.
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Salary Range
$28,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Air Compressor Mechanics do?

Repairs railroad-car air compressors and compressor motors, following wiring diagrams and using handtools: Disassembles compressor and examines parts for wear or breakage. Cleans parts and installs new piston rings and wrist pins. Replaces worn bearings, armatures, field coils, gears, and pinions in electric motors, following wiring diagram. Reassembles compressor and connects compressor to compressed air and electrical outlets to test operation.


Should I be an Air Compressor Mechanic?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Coach Mechanic, Compressor Mechanic, Controller Mechanic

    How to become an Air Compressor Mechanic

    Air Compressor Mechanics often have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:b9aaac&chl=certificate+%282%25%29|no+college+%2894%25%29||||doctorate+%284%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,2,94
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