Railroad Car-Truck Builder

Assemble parts to form railroad car truck and wheel units, using handtools.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Railroad Car-Truck Builders do?

Assembles frames, beams, brakes, and springs to form railroad car truck and wheel units, using handtools: Positions bolster on erection block and lowers side frames and brake beams into bolster slots, grooves, and recesses, using hoist. Slips brakeshoes into receptacles and secures brakeshoes with pin, using hammer. Assembles brake parts, such as bottom rods, traverse plates, fulcrum, and levers and secures unit to brake beams and shoes, using bolts and cotter pins. Sets springs on studs in spring housing and places adapters in grooves on axle wheel bearings. Lifts complete truck unit over truck wheel assemblies, using hoist, and lowers it onto adapters. Pushes truck and wheel assembly along track for next operation.

Should I be a Railroad Car-Truck Builder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to Become a
    Railroad Car-Truck Builder

    Railroad Car-Truck Builders 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 Railroad Car-Truck Builder-related education!
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