Railcar Carpenter

Install and repair woodwork in railcars, freight cars, and cabooses.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Railcar Carpenters do?

Installs and repairs woodwork, such as flooring, wall linings, sidings, posts, sills, and window sashes, in railcars, including freight cars and cabooses: Inspects interior of railcar to detect broken, damaged, or cracked woodwork. Estimates amount and kind of lumber required for repairs or installation. Measures and cuts required lumber and plywood materials to specified size, using ruler and handsaw or power saw. Repairs or replaces defective woodwork, using handtools. Installs tongued-and-grooved or plywood flooring and wall linings, using pneumatic squeezing, nailing, and stapling devices. Replaces broken door and window glass. May install aisle runners, rafters, and roof canvas to flooring and roofs of streetcars or cable cars and be designated Carpenter, Streetcar.

Should I be a Railcar Carpenter?

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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Carpenter, Railcar

    How to become a Railcar Carpenter

    Railcar 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 Railcar Carpenter-related education!
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