Track Surfacing Machine Operator

Operate one or more machines mounted on flat-bed railroad trucks.
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Salary Range
$30,000 – $63,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Track Surfacing Machine Operators do?

Operates one or more machines mounted on flat-bed railroad trucks to spread, shape, and tamp ballast; raise, level, and align track; and prepare track foundation of crushed stone according to specifications: Moves levers and brake pedal to guide machine into position. Adjusts controls to activate jacks, tampers, and scraper blades. Strings wire guidelines through leveling or aligning fixture. Attaches line to rails or trailer extensions coupled to machine to set up equipment. Turns wheels to adjust guidelines for track alignments and grades, following specifications. Observes indicator arms to verify level and alignment of track. When concerned with jack-tamping machine, may be designated Jack-Tamp Operator. May control track-lining machine and be designated Track-Liner Operator. May operate machines that lay ties and lay rails to construct, repair, or maintain track [TRACK-MOVING-MACHINE OPERATOR].


Should I be a Track Surfacing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Slab Lifting Supervisor, Stone Crusher Operator

    How to Become a
    Track Surfacing Machine Operator

    Most Track Surfacing Machine 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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