Railroad Car Letterer

Paint railroad freight cars and apply decalcomania lettering.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$25,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Railroad Car Letterers do?

Paints railroad freight cars and applies decalcomania lettering: Removes old paint, using blowtorch or paint remover and hand scraper. Mixes and matches paints, following color charts. Paints cars, using brushes or spray gun. Cuts stencils, tacks stencils on car, and paints over stencils with brush or spray gun. Applies decalcomania lettering to interior and exterior surfaces of car. Paints black line around letters and numbers for emphasis, using brush.

Should I be a Railroad Car Letterer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Painter, Railroad Car, Railroad Car Industrial Painter, Railroad Car Painter

    How to become a Railroad Car Letterer

    Most Railroad Car Letterers 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:9waaaa&chl=no+college+%2873%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,73,73
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