Bridge Carpenter

Repair wooden railroad bridges, trestles, and tunnel supports.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bridge Carpenters do?

Repairs wooden railroad bridges, trestles, and tunnel supports, and replaces decayed, split, or crooked timbers, working as member of crew: Strikes timbers with hammer and listens to sound to detect decay. Installs temporary support to hold structure in place while decayed timber is removed. Loosens nuts and bolts that hold timber in place, using hand wrench or air-powered wrench. Removes timber, using crowbar, or hammers on timber to slide it out of place. Measures and cuts replacement timber to required size, using handsaw or electric saw. Bores bolt holes in timber, using electric drill. Slides new timber into place and secures it with nuts and bolts. May replace defective railroad ties supporting track on bridge.

Should I be a Bridge Carpenter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Bracer, Bridge Mechanic, Bridge Repair Crew Person, Carpenter, Bridge

    How to become a Bridge Carpenter

    Bridge Carpenters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Bridge Carpenter-related education!
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