Railway Equipment Operator

Operate tamping machines, brooms, graders and ballast cleaning machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$30,000 – $63,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Railway Equipment Operators do?

Operates several types of heavy equipment, such as rail-mounted tamping machines, brooms, graders, and ballast cleaning machines to tamp ballast beneath and between ties, to clean tracks, to clean and redistribute ballast, and to grade and level ballast on railroad tracks: Pulls levers and depresses pedals to drive machines and control attachments, such as blades, hydraulic turntables, jacks, brooms, and tampers. Tightens loose bolts and adjusts blades, using wrenches. Lubricates machines, changes oil, and fills hydraulic reservoirs to specified levels. May be designated according to type equipment operated as Ballast-Cleaning-Machine Operator; Ballast-Regulator Operator; Tamping-Machine Operator; Track-Broom Operator.

Should I be a Railway Equipment Operator?

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.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Special Equipment Operator, Track Equipment Operator

    How to Become a
    Railway Equipment Operator

    Most Railway Equipment Operators 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:9qaaaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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