Way Inspector

Inspect railroad roadbed and equipment to detect damage.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$31,000 – $108,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Way Inspectors do?

Inspects railroad roadbed and equipment to detect damage, wear, or defective equipment requiring repair: Observes condition of roadbed from railcar. Stops car and examines switches, fishplates, and rails to detect damaged, worn, or defective equipment, loose bolts, and rotted ties. Manually operates switches to determine that they are in operating condition. Inspects signals and track wiring to determine continuity of electrical connections. Walks along track to observe condition of roadbed, noting looseness of ballast to determine if it requires repacking. Directs section crews to repair or replace defective equipment or to reballast roadbed. Inspects completed work to verify that repairs conform to governmental regulations. Prepares reports, indicating equipment or roadbed in need of repair, location, nature of damage, and repairs made by section crew.

Should I be a Way Inspector?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

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