Transporting ammunition and supplies to Army ports for deployment overseas is absolutely vital to our national defense. Railway Equipment Repairers play an integral role in the operation and maintenance of the Army’s railway operating battalions.
Railway Equipment Repairers are primarily responsible for supervising or performing maintenance on diesel-electric locomotives and rolling stock. Some of your duties as a Railway Equipment Repairer may include:
Use technical blueprints and sketches
Inspect locomotives for malfunctions
Repair cooling systems, fuel systems, exhausts, airbrake components, lube oil systems, electrical
systems, and diesel engine components on locomotives
Inspect, test, and service locomotive batteries
Inspect frame and running gear for breaks, cracks, or worn surfaces; welds, rivets, caulks, paint, and stencils as necessary. Inspecting and repairing couplers Examine and repair truck and wheel assemblies,
safety appliances, car underframes and crossbearer, and interiors of cars
Prepare written reports of any defects.
Job training for a Railway Equipment Repairer requires 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and five weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
Advanced level Railway Equipment Repairer provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Railway Equipment Repairer, you may be involved in:
Inspect railway cars prior and subsequent to maintenance
Perform initial terminal airbrake tests for outbound trains
Repair draft gears
Supervise a team salvaging cars for rehabilitating captured enemy rolling stock
Enforce safety rules and regulations
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The skills you learn as a Railway Equipment Repairer, such as teamwork, discipline and leadership, will help you in any civilian career you choose. You’ll be able to pursue a future with privately owned national railway chains or government-operated railroad companies.
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