Automatic Wheel-Line Operator

Control series of machines to machine cast railroad car wheels.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Automatic Wheel-Line Operators do?

Controls series of machines to machine cast railroad car wheels to specifications: Changes chucks, boring bar, and cutting tools according to specifications on production orders, using handtools. Pushes buttons on console panel to start machines that perform threading, flanging, boring, inspecting, and other operations to finish wheels. Observes action of machines and transfer stations to detect malfunctions. Examines machined surfaces of wheels at specified stations to detect defective cutting tools.


Should I be an Automatic Wheel-Line Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to Become an
    Automatic Wheel-Line Operator

    Most Automatic Wheel-Line Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9scaa&chl=|no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,75
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