Brake Holder

Throw switches and couples.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$30,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Brake Holders do?

Throws switches and couples, or attaches to cable, cars being hauled by locomotive or hoisted by cable or chain in mines, quarries, or industrial plants: Uncouples loaded cars at their destination or uncouples and distributes empty cars to sidings or to loading areas. Moves switches to route cars and signals DINKEY OPERATOR to start or stop cars. May open and close ventilation doors in mines. May open or close chute gates to load or unload cars. May crush oversize rock or ore on grizzly to prevent clogging, using sledgehammer. May remove and tag ore samples for laboratory analysis. May be designated according to type of hauling machine as Dinkey-Operator Helper.


Should I be a Brake Holder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Brakeman, Brake Rider, Car Hopper, Dinkey Brakeman, Enginehouse Brakeman, Motor Brakeman, Narrow Gauge Brakeman See More

    How to become a Brake Holder

    Most Brake Holders have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%286%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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