Railroad Wheels and Axle Inspector

Inspect railway car axle and wheel assemblies, using measuring instruments.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Railroad Wheels and Axle Inspectors do?

Inspects railway car axle and wheel assemblies to determine conformance to Federal and American Railroad Association specifications, using measuring instruments: Verifies diameter of wheel and journal seats on axle, using calipers and micrometers. Measures space between wheels and from center of axle to each wheel, using needle-pointed space gauge, to verify conformance to specifications. Observes hydraulograph pressure-gauge indicator on wheel-pressing machine, as wheels are pressed onto axles, to ensure conformity to ton-pressure tolerances.


Should I be a Railroad Wheels and Axle Inspector?

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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Railroad Wheels and Axles Inspector

    How to Become a
    Railroad Wheels and Axle Inspector

    Most Railroad Wheels and Axle Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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