Track Oiler

Clean out switch and grease rails around curves on streetcar tracks.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Track Oilers do?

Cleans out switches and greases rails around curves on streetcar tracks: Drives three-wheeled motorcycle, equipped with cleaning apparatus and lubricants, along track. Pumps water from electric track-switch box with manually operated suction pump. Sweeps dirt from track switch with broom. Greases curves in rails with grease stick so that flanges on car wheels will be able to adjust to curves without breaking. Throws rock salt over switches during cold weather to counteract freezing.

Should I be a Track Oiler?

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

  • Also known as: Arc Trimmer, Oiler and Packer, Gun Parts

    How to become a Track Oiler

    Most Track Oilers 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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