Portable Grinding-Machine Operator

Dress and reshape worn or damaged railroad switch points and frogs.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $63,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Portable Grinding-Machine Operators do?

Dresses and reshapes worn or damaged railroad switch points and frogs, using portable power grinder: Starts gasoline engine that activates grinding wheel. Holds face or rim of wheel against steel rail parts to remove imperfections and impart appropriate shape, restoring rail for safe, smooth operation. Performs running repairs to grinding machine, lubricates unit, and changes worn or chipped grinding wheels. May repair and adjust track switches, using wrenches and specified replacement parts. May grind ends of newly laid rails to attain smooth joint.

Should I be a Portable Grinding-Machine 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.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Grinding-Machine Operator, Portable, Portable Grinding Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Portable Grinding-Machine Operator

    Most Portable Grinding-Machine Operators 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:9qaaaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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