Car Repairer

Repair and rebuild railway freight cars, tank cars, or locomotives.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$28,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Car Repairers do?

Repairs and rebuilds railway freight cars, tank cars, or locomotives, following federal and company regulations and specifications and using handtools, power tools, welding equipment, and measuring instruments: Removes and inspects locomotive or car units, such as wheels, truck and brake assemblies, side posts, air cylinders, reservoirs and valves, side and roof sections, and coupler assemblies, using pneumatic hoist and jack, pinch bar, handtools, and cutting torch. Disassembles roller bearings, using jacks, blocks, and frames. Examines bearings, gaskets, and seals for defects, such as scratches, chips, and excessive wear. Replaces defective parts and reassembles roller bearings. Measures diameter of axle wheel seats, using micrometer, and marks dimensions on axle for subsequent boring of wheels to specified press fit dimensions. Repairs wooden sections, such as flooring and interior walls [CARPENTER]. Repairs or replaces steel sections, such as side posts, rafters, crossties, panels, underframing, and piping, using welding torch, power wrench, and plumber’s tools. Assembles repaired or replaced units to rebuild locomotive or car. Positions width gauge between car sides, clamps turnbuckle ends to top of each side, and twists turnbuckle, using wrench, until sides are pressed against gauge to align sides for installation of car ends and crossties. May be designated according to type of car repaired as Tank-Car Repairer. May be known according to specific tasks performed as Car Straightener; Wheel Fitter.


Should I be a Car Repairer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Car Builder, Car Repairer Apprentice, Car Repairman, Car-Roof Repairer, Compressor Repairer See More

    How to become a Car Repairer

    Most Car Repairers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or No College degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. 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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