Rail Flaw Detector Operator

Operate flaw-detecting machines aboard rail-flaw-detector-railroad cars.
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Salary Range
$31,000 – $108,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rail Flaw Detector Operators do?

Operates rail-flaw-detection machine aboard rail-flaw-detector-railroad car to detect defects in railroad tracks and analyzes graphic recording to determine any and type of defect: Synchronizes electronic recording equipment, meters, and other apparatus of rail-detector car or machine, using handtools. Fills container located at base of rail-detector car with paint so that machine will automatically mark section of defective rail. Starts machine and signals worker to operate rail-detector car along tracks. Analyzes graphic recordings to determine type of defects detected and prepares reports on findings. Replaces rolls of sensitized paper and tubes of ink as necessary. Tests electronic components of rail-flaw-detection machine, using tube and circuit tester.


Should I be a Rail Flaw Detector Operator?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Detector Car Operator, Rail Technician

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