Railway Car Technician

A Railway Car Technician inspects, repairs and replaces mechanical or structural components and systems of freight cars and passenger coaches. These individuals are gifted with mechanics and have strong hands on skills.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Be able to interpret engineering drawings to plan the maintenance job.
  • Perform calculations and measurements.
  • Be knowledgeable about a variety of documents including manufacturers’ manuals, technical bulletins, parts bulletins, service or preventative maintenance manuals, fact sheets, American Association of Railways (AAR) field manuals and government regulations.
  • Fill out work orders such as billing repair cards, wheel reporting cards, inspection records and dangerous goods documentation.
  • Work with hand, power, pneumatic and hydraulic tools.
  • Handle an assortment of complex equipment including Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting.
  • Participate in benchworking practices.
  • Follow designed methods and procedures for safely servicing and inspecting rail trucks, underframes, brakes, car safety appliances, car bodies, coaches.
  • Must be extremely familiar with and fully understand a variety of legislation including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS), Sanitation and Food Safety, Safety Legislations, American Association of Railways regulations and any other applicable acts, codes and regulations.

Education & Employment Requirements:

  • Sponsors/Trainers of apprentices must hold a Journeyperson ticket from the railway industry or must have at least 4 years experience as a Carman.
  • The apprenticeship should take approximately three to four years to complete. The in-school component consists of approximately 720 hours.

Special Note:

This new trade replaces the “Carman” trade in some provinces


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