Tank-Car Inspector

Inspect, service, and test railway tank cars.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tank-Car Inspectors do?

Inspects, services, and tests railway tank cars used to transport compressed and liquefied gases: Connects flexible hose from suction line to car and opens valves on car and in blowoff line to facilitate removal of residual gas from used tank cars. Removes safety and flow control valves from car with wrenches, replacing valves with reconditioned ones. Examines car interior for defects and cleanliness, passing light beam into car and viewing it through valve openings or entering car through dome. Washes interior with water and dries with steam. Routes defective cars for repair. Tests tanks for leaks [HYDRO-PNEUMATIC TESTER].

Should I be a Tank-Car Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Still and Tank Inspector, Tank Car Inspector

    How to become a Tank-Car Inspector

    Most Tank-Car 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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