Rail Tractor Operator

Drive electric car mounted on rails to transport ingots and slabs.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rail Tractor Operators do?

Drives electric car mounted on rails, to transport ingots and slabs from soaking pits to mill-approach-conveyor table: Moves lever controls to position car for receiving material from soaking pit. Drives car to mill-approach-conveyor table. Pulls lever to raise tilting cradle of car and deposit material on table. May operate car by remote control from pulpit and be designated Table Operator.


Should I be a Rail Tractor 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.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Rail Tractor Operator

    Rail Tractor Operators 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 Rail Tractor Operator-related education!
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