Wheel Inspector

Inspect railroad wheels for defects and measure wheel flange for wear.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wheel Inspectors do?

Inspects railroad wheels for defects and measures wheel flange for wear, using gauges, micrometer, and similar measuring instruments: Examines and feels surface of wheels for cracks and wear. Marks defective area with chalk or paint. Strikes wheel with hammer and listens to sound to detect flaws in metal. Measures wheel flange for wear and gauge between wheels, using micrometer and similar measuring instruments. Prepares reports describing defects in wheels and amount of wear in wheel flange, with recommendations for repair, replacement, or scrapping.

Should I be a Wheel Inspector?

You should have a high school 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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Wheel Inspector

    Most Wheel 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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