Railroad Brake Repairer

Repair and maintain braking devices on railroad tracks, using handtools.
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Salary Range
$28,000 – $65,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Railroad Brake Repairers do?

Repairs and maintains braking devices on railroad tracks leading into yard of terminal to ensure specified performance of braking device, using handtools: Gathers specified tools, such as gauges, grease gun, and handtools, required to complete work assignment, such as greasing fittings or replacing brake shoes. Adjusts and measures distances between brake shoes to specified standards, using handtools, gauge, and steel rule. Removes bolts, screws, and metal plates to access parts of braking device, following blueprints. Examines broken device to isolate defect or verify repairs needed. Removes designated part, places new part in braking device and adjusts fit to ensure accurate placement, working as member of team. Replaces bolts, screws, and metal plates, using hand and pneumatic tools. Inspects braking device for conformance to standards. Greases fittings of braking device to maintain and prevent excessive wear of parts. Loosens and lifts braking device from rail, using handtools and crane, and replaces broken or deteriorated track beams, working as member of team.

Should I be a Railroad Brake Repairer?

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

  • Also known as: Brake Liner, Brake Reliner, Brake Repairer, Railroad

    How to become a Railroad Brake Repairer

    Most Railroad Brake 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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